Paul Ryan‘s (fake) budget plan is receiving a great deal of criticism and not just from liberal Democrats. Ryan himself was booed at his own town hall by his own constituents. Nobody is buying dismantling Medicare to give tax cuts to the rich. And it’s showing in Republican town halls other than Ryan’s. As usual, Rachel Maddow‘s crack research staff turns up video from town hall meetings of Republican representatives Meehan, Duffy, Barletta, Dold, and Bass where citizens aren’t asking softball questions after the representatives fluffy presentation. They head straight to the Ryan plan and they want to know why it doesn’t make any sense.
So where is the media? They were all hot and heavy on this back in 2009 in the midst of President Obama’s push to reform health care. They would interrupt regularly scheduled programming to show these outbursts. So now that there’s a real grassroots backlash and not the manufactured, corporate sponsored, free-bus-ride-to kind of protest, the media seems curiously absent. Wonder why?
- Town halls turn hostile for Republicans over tax cuts for rich, Medicare (dailykos.com)
- Anti-Ryan Town Hall Rage Suffers From A Hype Deficit (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rep. Paul Ryan booed at town hall meeting (capitolhillblue.com)