ryan 2012!

Bloomberg: Representative Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who has become a star in the Republican Party with his plan to overhaul Medicare, is emerging as a polarizing figure among Americans. Twenty-six percent of people view the Wisconsin lawmaker unfavorably while 23 percent see him favorably, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20.

The only public figures in the survey with higher net unfavorable ratings than Ryan were Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

….By a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent, poll respondents say they would be worse off if Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare to a system of subsidized private health coverage were adopted. Fifty-eight percent of independents, a critical voting bloc in recent elections, say they would be worse off.

That’s likely to encourage Democrats to bank their success in next year’s presidential and congressional races on tying Republicans to the Medicare plan, which was passed by the Republican-controlled House on April 15.

….President Obama’s new health-care law gets a more favorable reaction. The poll of 1,000 adults found that 51 percent of all Americans say that while the law may need modification, it shouldn’t be repealed, and another 11 percent say it should be left alone. That compares with 35 percent who want the new law overturned.

…Respondents say they trust Obama’s party, the Democrats, more than Republicans to do a better job of dealing with Medicare, by 43 percent to 34 percent, with 23 percent not sure. Independents give Democrats a 14-percentage-point advantage over Republicans when it comes to handling Medicare.

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29 Responses to “ryan 2012!”

  1. June 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    It’s oil day. WH releases 30 million barrels of oil from the reserves. Earlier, the IEA released 60 million barrels of oil:


    • 2 StR
      June 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

      With the GOP blocking every measure that will grow the economy, I guess getting gas prices lower is one way to get money into the economy. I had read that the average person would spend $1000 more in gas than they did a year ago when gas prices were at their peak a month or so ago – that is $1000 out of the economy that would be spent elsewhere not to mention the increased food prices as the producers would pass off the increased cost of transporting the goods to market to the consumer.

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      June 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Jovie, This morning I was thinking where is Jovie? Excellent news!

  2. 4 Me4obama
    June 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Run Ryan Run 😦

    Run Quitter Maracuda Run 🙄

    Walk? Christie Run???? ❓

  3. 5 Dorothy Rissman
    June 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What a nice thing to wake up to. The numbers will get better and better. Ryan, you are a child. reckless is what you are.

  4. 6 Bill
    June 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I have read that Ryan is a big fan of Ayn Rand. Her influence seems to be an underlying trend with many younger Republicans. It explains their disregard for anyone else.

    • 7 dotster
      June 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

      That’s an epidemic in the Repub Party—-only care about themselves, to hell with everyone else. It’s the Me vs. Us political divide in this country.
      And it’s a no-brainer to link the Repubs to the Ryan Medicare demolition.

      • 8 theo67
        June 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

        Such a contrast to the First Lady’s speech in South Africa yesterday. That was one of the best speeches ever – so comprehensive, and filled with pearls of wisdom. She really speaks from the heart – it shows. And her pronunciation of the South African words and names was really good, too!

    • 9 LYNND
      June 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I see Rand and Ryan didn’t refuse Government monies when they needed it. What hypocrites!!!

      June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am


      • 11 Bill
        June 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        Sue, it is ironical that so many Republicans are followers of Ayn Rand, an athiest, considering their fundamentalist and family value base.,

  5. June 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Dems need to get back to beating this drum over and over. This one, and pointing out that the GOP are blocking any and all jobs measures needs to be shouted from the roof tops until November 2012.

    Also the Dems better not do a damn thing to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security in the Debt Ceiling hostage taking negotiations.

  6. 14 carolyn
    June 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Here is the face of the Republican party. We must keep this in front of voters until the election! Mean, greedy, selfish, uncaring…..

  7. June 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Afghanistan army says we are ready for the transition:


    Shhh, don’t tell anyone!

  8. 16 Fred
    June 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I am glad people are opening their eyes and realizing that the GOP is against them.COMPLETELY and utterly against them.

  9. 19 halo
    June 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

    “Eric Cantor Pulls Out Of Debt Ceiling Talks” front page on HuffPo

    NEVER forget. The ONLY way for the GOP to get back into power is to ruin the economy. And it is exactly what they’re trying to do.

  10. June 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Hi guys,

    Feeling a better today. I’m on the mend.

    I was looking at this video of a couple on So You Think You Can Dance last night and they did a routine that was about a soldier coming home from Afghanistan and seeing his wife for the first time. I thought it was a fitting tribute after President Obama’s speech to the nation last night.
    Very emotional dance.

  11. June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    OK. With this news about the Ryan plan on Medicare, it’s not time for Democrats to rest on their laurels. We need to push them to continue pushing this message and more importantly than that, they need to get out some ads on the Republicans efforts to sabotage the economy. I read about that yesterday or the day before and I have looked this morning and don’t hear anything more about that.

    Democrats can’t come out one day with a winning message and then move on the next day. The Republicans have Fox to help them push this sort of thing, so maybe we too, need to get out tweets, emails, facebooks and whatever other means we have to continue to keep this message afloat. I make it my business to send a note daily to my media e-mail list reminding those I write to that Republicans have done nothing about jobs and their only jobs plan is to make PBO unemployed. So, everybody, let’s help the Demoocratic leaders.

    • 25 utaustinliberal
      June 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Absolutely Africa. Democrats know that the Kill Medicare bill is unpopular b/c it destroys medicare as we know it; so from now until 2012 they have to get up and fight back. Every republican who’s running for re-election in the House and Senate and has voted for ryan’s medicare bill needs to be called out from now until 2012. Democrats have to make it clear that if the repubs continue on in this theme, social security will be next, then medicaid, then more women and children’s rights bills, then they’ll start targeting govt agencies they don’t like and limiting their scope of action.

      Wisconsinites need to kick every republican out of power; starting with Paul Ryan.

    June 23, 2011 at 11:36 am


  13. 28 ber6964
    June 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hey guys, just checked on Baby Video over 900,000 hits whoooohooo!!

  14. June 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I would love to see Paul Ryan run for President. Run Paul Run!!!!! Then he will have time to explain to the elderly why he wants to destroy their Medicare.

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