In a small district in upstate New York the balance of power shifted when in a special election a seat long held by Republicans surprisingly went Democrat. In the post election autopsy many Republicans are blaming the loss on the fact that there were two Republican candidates running and one drew the needed votes from the other. Let’s look at the numbers…
Democrat Kathy Hochul 48.06%
Republican Jane Corwin 41.84%
Tea Party Jack Davis 09.06%
Ian Murphy 01.04%
So by looking at the above results you could easily say that by running, Jack Davis might very well have cost Jane Corwin the election. However that postulation would only work if 90% of the votes for Davis voted for Corwin. And no one could ever be sure of that. Most feel this election came down to two topics…Jobs and Medicare. Medicare being the prime discussion piece; the Democrats want to adjust Medicare the Republicans want to cut it and replace it with a voucher system to purchase individual health insurance. But how do the people feel about it? Here’s a pretty good idea.
In a McClatchy-Marist poll released earlier this month, 70% of registered voters who identify with the Tea Party opposed making cuts to either Medicare or Medicaid while only 28% said they would be willing to make cuts in those programs. In the same poll over 80% of all who answered said “No” to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
Ninety-two percent of Democrats were against cutting Medicare and Medicaid, as were 73% of Republicans, and 75% of independents.
The survey broke down the age of those asked into two categories — above or below 45 years-old and those under 45 years-old. Those above or below 45 years old opposed the cuts by an 82% to 17% split, while those 45 and up opposed them by an 80% to 18% split.
A CBS poll shows a 76% to 22% split.
An NBC/ Wall Street Journal Poll shows a 54% – 18% -27% unsure split.
It appears to be pretty evident that a majority of Americans want Medicare to remain uncut. However those same polls also show that two thirds of the people believe Medicare and Medicaid need to be over hauled to run more efficiently and to cut the widespread fraud.
Right now the Democrats are having a great old time with this easily winning the “Sound Byte” contest this week. Even Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got in on the bashing. He forced all but five Republican senators to go on the record supporting the House budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), by holding a vote on it Wednesday. In one single day this went from being a mole hill to being a mountain. The elections in 2012 are approaching fast and if the Republicans have any hope of holding or winning seats in Congress and the Senate they need to wake up and modify the Paul Ryan budget and they need to do it quickly or that sweeping change we were all hoping for will be a train wreck of historic proportions.
During a discussion on our Facebook page one of the commenter’s wrote, “What a selfish and ignorant bunch of elderly we have, they need to sacrifice just like the rest of us.” I was surprised by this cold hearted outburst. Millions of elderly couples spent most of their adult lives taking care of us; now when they need us the most we cut them off at the knees. Sort of like what Obama is trying to do to Israel. Medicare should not even have been considered as one of the programs needed to be cut. Overhauled to cut down on fraud and to increase its efficiency yes but totally shutting it down? What were you thinking. Balancing the budget on the backs of those that can least afford it is a tactic well deployed by the Democrats. I guess you can say some of us have learned that lesson from them. Well I got news for you….it is a bad lesson…..a very bad lesson.