This seems to be becoming a weekly story given how often Democrats seem to be silent now on the things President Obama is doing while they crucified President Bush for attempting to do some of the same things.
This time it is the sacred cow of Medicare, Bloomberg reports:
June 12 (Bloomberg) — Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.
Democrats will work on the bill’s details next week as they struggle through “what kind of heartburn” it will cause to agree on how to pay for revamping the health-care system, Rangel, a New York Democrat, said today. The measure’s cost is reaching well beyond the $634 billion President Barack Obama proposed in his budget request to Congress as a 10-year down payment for the policy changes.
Asked whether the cost of a health-care overhaul would be more than $1 trillion over a decade, Rangel said, “the answer is yes.” Some Senate Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, say the costs will likely exceed $1.5 trillion.
Some $400 billion cuts, you say? Luckily YouTube exists to keep things in check. Here is a compilation put together of Democrat outrage over the years when President Bush proposed cutting less than one-tenth of what the Democrats are proposing now:
Hot Air comments:
When George Bush tried to tackle escalating Medicare and Medicaid costs and a looming entitlement catastrophe with modest funding cuts in both terms in office, Democrats screeched about seniors losing health care and pronounced Bush’s efforts dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. Now, with Barack Obama in the White House, Democrats have suddenly gone mute as the administration proposes to cut hundreds of billions from both programs.
Again, what I find most fascinating, is that the government is incapable of running the programs we already have and liberal Democrats want even more in the form of a government health insurance plan. Medicare is going bankrupt and will require $600 billion in new taxes. Think you’re not going to be paying for that? Think again, my friend. We will all be paying for it through the nose and we will all be paying for government health insurance through the nose if it ever passes, God forbid.
Seems that cutting entitlement programs is fine when the cutter has a (D) next to his or her name. In that case, they’re being fiscally responsible. If you have an (R) next to your name and you try to cut Medicare, well it’s because you hate the elderly.
This isn’t to say that cuts aren’t need because they clearly are. I just find it important to point out that fiscal responsibility is inconvenient at times for Democrats if they are not in the White House.