I'm not Republican, but I like Paul Ryan. Medicare is a complete shambles, and it definitely needs to be fixed, but most politicians won't even consider trying to do anything about it. It's called the third rail, same with social security and the like. Take a look at some of Harry Reid's lies about social security:
Harry Reid: Social Security is Not In Crisis
If you claim that someone is lying, and they are in fact telling the truth, that makes you the liar.
Harry Reid may in most cases be a coward (his recent bout of bravery actually somewhat surprising), but he is telling the truth.
You, on the other hand, have lied.
So, Paul Ryan set up a thing about a Roadmap, located here: http://roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/
So far, he's been one of the few who actually attempts to do something about it. If you look at the attacks on the plan, they don't attempt to fix or alter the plan in any way, but just talk about the problems and
The proposals to fix Ryan's plan were made before Ryan proposed his destruction of Medicare:
1) Institute a single-payer program.
2) Eliminate the SS payin cap.
3) Raise taxes on the rich.
There is no need to even engage in discussion of Ryan's plan - it isn't a plan meant to benefit Americans as a whole. It provides a static voucher, with none of the oversight over where those funds go, and none of the collective bargaining power that the US government now holds. Every family for themselves, with none of the cost controls provided for even in the ACA, for crying out loud (which don't go into effect until next year).
In essence, saying that it tosses the future elderly off the cliff is a perfectly valid metaphor.
To say nothing of the fact that Ryan's plan would actually increase the standing deficit. Republicans do not give one flying fuck about the deficit, except that there's a democrat in office right now.
Yes, rather than talk about how to fix Medicare and Social Security, they throw in a purely pathos ad where an old woman gets tossed over a cliff, implying that everything works just fine and that there don't need to be any changes. I know politics is bad, but dear crap.
I would love to have a politician in a high position who's actually willing to say, "You know what? This doesn't work. How can we fix it?" and tries to suggest something instead of bumbling on with the status quo and pretending that there's no issue. I realize VP isn't really a powerful position, but between Ryan and Biden, no contest.
No kidding. Biden has a mouth on him but at least he's made a few decent proposals about what to do WRT national policy. I've seen nothing of the sort from Ryan.
I'd have a lot more faith in Democrats who looked at his plan, pointed out the things that they didn't like and suggested their own ways to fix things. This might have been done, but I haven't seen it.
Well, let's see:http://roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov/plan/factsheet.htm
Promotes work, saving, and investment by: 1) eliminating taxes on interest, capital gains, dividends, the alternative minimum tax [AMT], and the death tax; and 2) replacing the corporate income tax with a competitive, border-adjustable business consumption tax.
"Let's create a class of rentiers who, along with there descendents, can live tax-free, producing absolutely nothing while the rest of the country can act as their de-facto slaves. We'll call them job creators!"
This is a bald-faced attempt to create a class system in America, of the type that OldSchoolGamer often claims the US already is.
This sort of tax-free class is how feudal societies formed, by the way - from Japan to China to the Roman Republic, the story is always the same. Classes, or in some cases individual members of them, manage to get exemptions from their taxes while their serfs still have to pay them their rent, pay them for goods, etc. As this persists from generation to generation individual lords become more and more powerful at the expense of the chattel. Their direct, most trusted servants become 'the nobility', and they are of an even higher class (royalty, the Kuge of Japan, etc.)
There is no defending this policy. It is nothing less than a desire to make a new era of robber barons, in the hope that it would last long enough to reduce the majority of the American population to the status of serfdom.
Fortunately, it tends to get thrown on its ass fairly hard when it seriously pops up in the US. During the Civil War, this spirit was a part of the reason why the South lost - the people with 20 or more slaves became a non-tax paying class in and of themselves, and even ignoring the resentment this caused, the South lost resources it couldn't afford to because "It's my money."