Funny how the closer we get to an election, the more vocal Republicans get in speaking out against their own Party’s budget plan introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan. The GOP’s draconian budget plan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the social safety net in order to provide tax breaks for the wealthiest among us. No wonder several prominent GOP members are already throwing the plan “under the bus.”
From Politico’s Huddle:
REHBERG RUNS AGAINST THE RYAN PLAN- The Montana GOP has put out a new ad in support of Rep. Dennis Rehberg's senate campaign that says "Rehberg refused to support a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare programs so many of Montana's seniors rely on.' Charlie Mahtesian writes "It's understood among political professionals that sometimes candidates have to distance themselves from their own parties to prove their independence -- no offense is taken. But this Montana GOP ad for Rep. Denny Rehberg's Senate campaign seems to veer awfully close to throwing the national party under the bus."
And Rehberg is not alone. Fellow Republican Rep. Dave McKinley is also speaking out against the plan, which he admits would “privatize Medicare for future retirees.” ThinkProgress has the details of a flyer McKinley recently sent his constituents which included such gems as:
“McKinley’s office outlines his opposition to the GOP-backed plan in a flier sent to his constituents, many of whom receive Medicare benefits. ‘Congressman McKinley recently voted against the 2012 budget passed by the House because of the plan’s negative impact on northern West Virginia seniors.’”
“In the flier, McKinley says Congress ‘must balance the budget,’ but not on the backs of seniors.”
We couldn’t agree more. In fact, we’ve been saying it all along.