The following is a guest blog by Blogging Blue commenter Steve Carlson:
At his recent town hall meeting in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Congressman Sean Duffy told me that when I had my own town hall meeting I could get up and give a presentation.
Yes, that’s me in the grey stocking cap trying to correct Duffy on the relationship of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Medicare. Since I’m not a congressman and don’t have Duffy’s resources at my disposal, Zach has graciously given me the opportunity to give my own town hall presentation right here on Blogging Blue. So here goes.
I challenged Duffy’s lie because he was attempting to scare senior citizens by telling them that the PPACA was going to rob Medicare of 500 billion dollars. Not true, and Duffy certainly knows it. Here’s Will Beachey of the Bismarck Tribune clearly refuting Duffy’s silly claim.
Next up, Duffy stated that Paul Ryans budget would not turn Medicare into a voucher program, rather it would provide senior citizens with ” premium support” Duffy said this phrase with just a hint of smug pride, much like a toddler announcing his first bowel movement into the grownup toilet. He went on to suggest that the introduction of ” choice and competition ” into the Medicare program would somehow bring down costs for future senior citizens, even though there’s no evidence to support his, yet again, silly claim.
And like his good buddy Glenn Beck, whom Duffy has previously said he’s a big fan of, Duffy likes pie charts. He carries around a spiffy set of charts reflecting Congressional Budget Office figures showing massive federal spending for entitlements, which Duffy maintains must be cut if we are to avoid a Mad Maxish, apocalyptic future. But is it entitlements that are driving America to bankruptcy? It depends on whose charts you believe. The War Resisters League offers up a much different look.
Finally, in his victory speech on election night, Duffy told the crowd that the task of his generation was to fight the “creeping socialism” ( sounds a lot like his good buddy Glenn Beck again) that Duffy feels is threatening America. The remark is at the 7:50 minute mark in the speech.
But given that Duffy, Ryan, and the rest of the GOP seem hell bent on attacking America’s middle and working class famillies, as well as future generations of senior citizens, I think they embody the true threat to America, namely, a decidedly Anti-Social Creepism.
So there’s my town hall presentation, Mr. Duffy. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
PS. Rachel Maddow and Cenk Uygur have both aired the video clip of Duffy telling me to get my own town hall meeting. If either of them would like to give me my own town hall meeting on MSNBC, I’d be more than happy to oblige them!