Video: Former President Clinton And US Representative Paul Ryan Talking About Medicare Cuts
Here's a very "instructive" video of Former President Bill Clinton and US Representative Paul Ryan (WI), which was shot backstage at The Pete Peterson Foundation. It is accompanied by an excellent commentary by Cenk Uygur of "The Young Turks."
[Video Credit: "Clinton, Ryan Caught On Tape On Medicare Cuts," The Young Turks, YouTube, 04:53 minutes]
And here's a very abbreviated version of the same ABC video.
[Video Credit: "Bill Clinton and Paul Ryan Chumming It Up Like Old Buddies," JenningsBay, YouTube, 00:30 minutes]
Bill Clinton's Private Words to Paul Ryan Caught on Tape
[May 25, 2011] The day after the stunning upset in the special congressional election in upstate New York, Rep. Paul Ryan is a man under fire.
But ABC News was behind the scenes with the Wisconsin Congressman and GOP Budget Committee Chairman when he got some words of encouragement none other than former President Bill Clinton.
"So anyway, I told them before you got here, I said I'm glad we won this race in New York," Clinton told Ryan, when the two met backstage at a forum on the national debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation. But he added, "I hope Democrats don't use this as an excuse to do nothing."
In response, Ryan told Clinton he fears that now nothing will get done in Washington.
"My guess is it's going to sink into paralysis is what's going to happen. And you know the math. It's just, I mean, we knew we were putting ourselves out there. You gotta start this. You gotta get out there. You gotta get this thing moving," Ryan said.
Clinton told Ryan that if he ever wanted to talk about it, he should "give me a call."
Ryan said he would.
The point of posting these videos is to remind readers that much of what we are witnessing today is very likely another carefully orchestrated episode of Kabuki Theater. The purpose of which is "to give cover to the President, when he strikes a 'Grand Bargain' with Republicans."
Both parties are working together to frighten us, in the hopes that we will be 'grateful' when they impose draconian cuts to Medicare and Social Security--as opposed to block granting Medicare, as "the Ryan Plan" recommends.
Even as I wrote this post, I wondered if lawmakers were meeting on Capital Hill, in an effort to negotiate a "deal" to commence dismantling our social safety net.
The question remains: Will the American People continue to stand by helplessly, or will they finally forcefully raise their voices in protest?
And more importantly--will it make a difference?