Joe Conason: “Consider their treatment of Medicare, the popular social insurance program for seniors that Republicans have always despised. They have just emerged from a long national campaign in which they repeatedly and falsely claimed to “protect” Medicare from the president — whom they accused of wanting to slash $716 billion from the program — but now they complain that he won’t cut it enough. The Obama cuts were mythical, but the Boehner budget proposal includes at least $600 billion in Medicare and Medicaid reductions.
“Worse still, the Republicans propose to perform this crude surgery on Medicare without the slightest explanation of where they would cut.”
JM Ashby: But Obama is coming for your Medicare! Ooga booga!
Paul Krugman: “What I haven’t seen pointed out here is the longer arc of GOP strategy. Does anyone recall how the Bush tax cuts were passed? The 2001 cut was passed based on the claim that the government was running an excessive surplus; the 2003 cut on the claim that it would provide an economic boost. Then the surplus went away, and the economy did not, to say the least, perform very well.
“So now we face a substantial long-run deficit largely created by those tax cuts:
“And the GOP says that because of that deficit we must raise the Medicare age and cut Social Security!
“Oh, and for all the seniors or near-seniors who voted Republican because you thought they would protect Medicare from that bad guy Obama: you’ve been had.”
charts: Maddow Blog