..and I don’t think it’s me. Here’s Mitt Romney the other day:
Of course, no fiscal challenge is greater than the one we face with entitlements. As the President himself acknowledged three years ago, this is not a problem that we can kick down the road any further.
I’d be willing to consider the President’s plan, but he doesn’t have one. That’s right: In over three years, he has failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis.
Instead, he has taken a series of steps that end Medicare as we know it.
He is the only President to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare. And, as a result, more than half of doctors say they will cut back on treating seniors.
He is destroying the Medicare Advantage program, eliminating the coverage that millions of seniors depend on and reducing choice by two-thirds.
To control Medicare cost, he has created an unelected, unaccountable panel with the power to prevent Medicare from providing certain treatments. The result will be fewer treatments and services available to patients in need, and nowhere else to turn.
It’s right here on his web site. Leaving aside the dramatics of seniors dying in the streets, Romney makes the specific points:
- In over three years, he has failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis.
- He is the only President to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare.
In the real world, I could believe one, the other, or neither of the two statements. Romney would have me believe both, and I am pretty sure that’s impossible.
He’s been saying this for a few weeks now, and you’d think someone on his staff would have pointed out the contradiction. So apparently he wants us to believe it.
Why would people vote for someone who has so much contempt for their intelligence?