Seniors Stand Up To GOPer at Town Hall Meeting On Medicare & Tax Cuts

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.

Think Progress:

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.


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.


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.


Americans are waking up with a jolt, disbelieving this assault was indicative of our country’s budget. This fear based scenario which they’ve played out so well, is nothing more than a power grab.

  • novenator

    and this time, when the old timers say “keep your god damned government hands off my medicare”, they mean it!

  • Neosopheus

    Like I said before, the Ryan plan that they all voted for is going to come back and bite them squarely in the arse. People aren’t going to stand for the continued hoarding of wealth by the top 2% in this country. Our jobs our gone, our wages are down, health care costs are astronomical and continues to grow unchecked; we the people are suffering while those at the top live a life of excess and extreme hubris. It is time we stand together as Americans, as brothers and sisters, and take this country back. We declared independence from one tyrant back in 1776 but since then have fallen under the rule of many tyrants in the form of huge corporations.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.”

    Instead of “King of Great Britain,” it should read “Corporate Cleptocracy,” and it would make perfect sense…

  • fredamae

    The Politician’s who try to peddle the Ryan Budget, seriouosly look like corporate shills going “door to door” selling snake oil. Salesmen. Pure “corporate sales job”.
    It’s the body language and it’s not just “poor” Duffy

    Does Duffy think he’s speaking before a bunch of “duffy doofuses”?
    Just how flippin’ Stupid do they think we are?

    • OMGawd

      @fredamae, They do think we’re stupid. Tea Partiers believed whatever they were told and now they’re told cutting back on Medicare and replacing it with useless vouchers is doable, and they now believe that. I guess some of us are stupid. Just not us.

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  • bob johnson

    Looks like the Tea Partiers are getting what the Koch’s paid for. I’m just wondering when are they going to apologize to President Obama and give him credit for fighting for their survival when their rants were so negative, racist and un-patriotic and filled with ignorance that is hell-bent on destroying themselves and their livelihoods.

    • Anomaly100

      @bob johnson, They’ll never apologize to President Obama. They don’t even acknowledge his citizenship.

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  • Driverside

    We on the left have been continually frustrated by the irrational behavior of our friends on the right. Maybe they’re finally starting to understand that the politicians and policies they’ve been voting for are hurting all of us, all but the very rich.

    • OMGawd

      @Driverside, I don’t know because the right is moving further right, wanting to cut off funding for everything, home school kids, cut regulations which we are necessary and well, you get the picture.

      • Driverside

        Just wishful thinking I guess. It’s just hard to believe people can be that ignorant and still find their way to a voting booth.