This week, Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) attended a town hall event to discuss the House Republican budget and the changes it would bring to Medicare — which didn’t fare too well with his constituents.
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, who brought public attention to his struggle of getting by on his $174,000 a year salary, is another GOPer who didn’t make out too well at another Town Hall event.
Medicare is under seize and senior citizens are visibly upset. Knowing their offspring will not receive benefits they paid into for years, is worrisome. But, other issues came up as well, including corporate tax loopholes and tax cuts afforded to the wealthy.
America is waking up to the attempted radicalization of America by the new House Republicans.
CONSTITUENT: I hear you saying two contradictory things about taxes. One you want to reform the tax code so that corporations to pay more, and two you don’t want corporations to pay so much so that they’ll somehow stimulate business. So I don’t understand that contradiction. The CBO […] the Ryan program proposes to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
DUFFY: It doesn’t, No it doesn’t.
DIFFERENT CONSTITUENT: Yes it does.
DUFFY: No, it doesn’t there’s no voucher.
CONSTITUENT: That’s what my understanding of what it is.
CONSTITUENT: They count the cost to seniors if it goes into a voucher program, it’s going to be trillions of dollars for those young men like this guy in front.
DUFFY: It’s a premium support it’s not a voucher. The bottom line is if we do nothing, if we do nothing, you can all say this is all fine and dandy, you can get it and I know any young people here you can all get this program.
CONSTITUENT: I agree that if we do nothing we’re in trouble, that’s why we have to raise taxes on the rich, and raise taxes on the corporations who have never been richer than they have now. And you guys just cut their taxes again.
ANOTHER CONSTITUENT: Oh, Yeah!
DUFFY: When you say cutting taxes, if taxes maintain the same level and rate is that a tax cut.
CONSTITUENT: To maintain the same level that was long ago, that was sold on the premise of creating jobs by giving more money to the wealthy.
OTHER CONSTITUENTS: Yeah! [inaudible]
Republican divergence from their own ‘fiscally Conservative’ tagline is being met with skepticism and ostracism in the face of reality by seniors.