Democrats pull out Medicare scare tactics

Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan as his running mate really set the hair of Democrats on fire and it didn’t take the Obama campaign long to play the Medicare-scare card.

Ryan wants private insurers to compete with traditional Medicare for future seniors, but his plan would not affect anyone who is over the age of 55 today.

That hasn’t stopped Obama surrogates from telling seniors that the Republican ticket wants to shred their healthcare safety net.

Like Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee: 'What makes severely conservative extreme Republicans delighted makes seniors here in my home state of Florida really gravely concerned and rightfully so, as well as the middle class, because Mitt Romney's full embrace of the Ryan budget by actually nominating and selecting its author and architect to be his running mate really spells disaster for the middle class, spells disaster for seniors because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both want to end Medicare as we know it. They both want to shred the safety net - that is the Medicare, health care, safety net - for seniors that's been in place for more than 50 years, that would add more than $6,000 in premiums under Paul Ryan's proposal that Mitt Romney's embraced, to seniors' premiums in Medicare, and that would really force us back to the days where seniors that had them choosing between medicine and meals, and had them choosing between health care and paying their rent and literally surviving.'

Of course, it doesn`t help the Romney/Ryan campaign when Democrats haul out sound bites of Newt Gingrich heckling the Ryan budget plan as 'right-wing social engineering.'

And speaking of heckling . . .

Somewhere among Romney supporters chanting at a rally in Waukesha, Wisc., were at least three people who crashed the party to heckle the candidates. Security escorted two of them off the premises, probably for their own protection, from the look of things.

And since we’re talking about people talking, we need to throw in that Sarah Palin won’t be talking, at least at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later in the month. The former vice-presidential candidate says she won`t be among the convention speakers. But we’re pretty sure she’ll have plenty to say.