Thursday, May 26, 2011

The welfare cuts in the U.S. Republicans turn against

Are the Republicans hanging with his own rope? This is the question that yesterday was the political world in Washington following the results of an early election to the House of Representatives in upstate New York. Democratic candidate for Congress, Kathy Hochul, won by surprise Jane Corwin Republican in a district that had spent four decades in the hands of the right.

The GOP proposal to semi-privatize Medicare, the public health system for over 65 years, has influenced the outcome. After two years on the defensive, Democrats now take advantage of the unpopularity of this reform to catch up. Any extrapolation is reckless, and more in a district where two candidates are vying for the conservative vote.

But Tuesday's election is a symptom of the problems facing the Republican Party across the country. In April, in the debate on budget cuts, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, head of the budget committee and emerging figure on the right, presented a draft budget that included a reform of Medicare.

Ryan was based on a diagnosis shared by Democrats, with the aging U.S. population. UU. can not afford a system like the present. His prescription-private insurance coverage would take over 65 years and these receive subsidies to pay for insurance-touched a taboo. In this country, the welfare state, though more discreet than in Europe, is also popular, and in the past, attempts to cut health care and pensions for retirees have angered voters.

Republicans begin to test the medicine that swallowed the Democrats in 2009 and 2010. So healthcare reform and interventionist policies of President Barack Obama pushed the conservative movement Tea Party. Democrats outraged citizens disrupted meetings. The president's popularity sank. In the legislative elections last November, Democrats Obama, accused of imposing a socialist program, lost control of the House of Representatives.

Now back to see scenes that vaguely recall the summer of 2009. But this time the victims of the protests are the Republicans. Congressman Ryan has received boos during meetings dedicated to presenting the reform of Medicare. Some GOP leaders wonder whether it was a mistake to launch an unpopular proposal.

May 15 Newt Gingrich, former glory of the conservative movement and Republican primary candidate for president in 2012, Ryan dismissed the plan as "right-wing social engineering." Then he had to apologize. Ryan and the Republican Party accused Democrats of distorting a bold proposal but radical even for some conservatives.

And note that current retirees, the most frightened, would not suffer the cuts. The right fear is that heating the message that want to take the benefits to taxpayers. And it has begun to clarify the message. The latest announcement by Congressman Ryan speaks no cuts, no sacrifices, but only to "save Medicare." The presidential election of 2012 will be played in this field.

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