At first, I thought it might be some DNC negative campaigning. I mean, I couldn't believe that John McCain would actually be so incredibly dim as to make this proposition on his own. Surely, it must be an exaggeration, right?
No way would an experienced politician whose served in public office for over 40 years, who has had to campaign to hold his various offices over and over, who has watched the goings on and doings of the Beltway -- no way would this politician be so crazy as to suggest that one of the ways he's planning to offset the cost of his wacky healthcare proposal is by raiding Medicare and Medicaid. And to the tune of $1.5 trillion*, no less. Remember, this gem of an idea was in the works as far back as last spring -- when $1.5 trillion dollars was still a lot of money.
And though Obama talked about this in a stump speech in Ashville, North Carolina, yesterday, no one truly believed it. Not really. Until some digging turned up this below-the-radar statement by McCain's senior policy advisor, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, cutting funds for Medicare and Medicaid has always been a part of his "cost-neutral" healthcare plan. Which is interesting because neither McCain nor Palin have mentioned it in any of their discussions on McCain's healthcare plan.
I'm trying to figure out the logic here. I guess it's just logical that, if you want to pay for healthcare for children, you should probably get it by cutting the benefits from the elderly. After all, children are our future. Old people are our past. And we know how much the McCain/Palin ticket hates looking at the past.
Still, this is an issue which could seal McCain's electoral fate once and for all. On October 1st, CNN's resident electoral and poll expert, John King, told John Roberts that the demographic he would be watching most intently was voters over fifty. King contended that, though previously one of McCain's most reliable demographic in the past, concerns over retirement caused them to start defecting to Obama. What will the news that McCain wants to slash their potential retirement healthcare do to reassure them?
The Republicans have already ceded Michigan to the Obama campaign. Can they really afford to lose Florida, too? It's a nutty idea, and worse still, it's the same nutty idea that Bush came out with in 2000.
Why does John McCain hate old people?