Dem group keeps up budget attacks
June 27th, 2011
08:48 AM ET
11 years ago

Dem group keeps up budget attacks

Washington (CNN) - Eight members of Congress are the targets of ads, released Monday by the Democratic House Majority PAC, that criticize their votes on the House GOP budget proposal.

The six-figure ad buy from the independent expenditure group will run through Thursday as Democrats continue to hit Republicans over tax and Medicare proposals in the budget of Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. The House passed that budget this year.

"House Republicans voted to end Medicare as we know it, while forcing seniors to pay as much as $6,400 more a year for the same health care coverage," Ali Lapp, the executive director of the House Majority PAC, said in a statement. "The House Majority PAC will continue holding Republicans accountable for their backwards priorities."

According to the group, minute-long radio spots will run in the home districts of Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford and Tim Griffin, Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton, Iowa Rep. Steve King, Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling, New Hampshire Rep. Charlie Bass and Nevada Rep. Joe Heck. The ad against Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack will run on cable television.

After describing the votes and actions with which the group disagrees, the narrator rules, as if on a game show, saying "That's sneaky Scott," "I don't know, Scott" and "Scott, what are you doing?" The example used against Rep. Tipton is similar to those against the other members.

This is the second round of ads in the last week for the group, established to help Democrats win back the House majority in 2012; it's the third set of ads against Rep. Cravaack.

They hit the Minnesota congressman last week and in April over his support of the Ryan budget.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • House • House Majority PAC
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. DB

    where is the liber plan for prosperity.

    June 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    sorry DB but it the GOP's job (jobs? what jobs) to initiate policy

    June 27, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    Two years ago, where was the GOP plan for reducing healthcare costs? The liberal plan to help shore up social security is to eliminate the loophles in the tax code that corporations and others have used to avoid paying. Its a revenue increase without paying additional new taxes, but since eliminating loopholes is viewed as a tax increase by the Grover Norquist and his acolytes, your lot are afraid to do it.

    Its amazing to watch the gall of GOP while they plan to gut Medicare and tell me that a voucher for $6400 dollars will cover my medical costs for a year. Its insulting to anyone who has had to struggle with paying for pricate health insurance to tell them all they will get a voucher that would not cover an ER visit if you are in a car accident after paying into a system their entire working life. You are accepting a private, corporate death panel in palce of the fictional one the GOP said the government would set up, and you accept it without question or complaint. Why? Because a rich man told you it was a good idea, and you blindly follow somone because they are rich. The GOP lemming metality will destroy us all, except those who are rich enough to step over us every day on their way to the gold course, and they will be laughing at how we were so stupid to buy their shell game.

    June 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. bb

    The Republicans are using the debt talks to grandstand on. Raising the debt limit has been done often over the years, only to be paid back down. Under George W. Bush, the debt limit was raised no less than 7 times without any second thought coming from the Republican congress. And taxes – ridiculous to think you can fund 2 simultaneous trillion dollar wars on the backs of the dwindling middle class – but this is exactly what Bush tried to do, as he cut taxes for the rich during his terms. That is a sure-fired way to rack up some serious debt - which we did. But why no taxes for the rich now? Even Reagan raised taxes several times under his terms. And yet the GOP is more than willing to cut medicare to fund these tax breaks for the rich. Could it be the Republicans have nothing left to offer the public, they are just padding their own pockets?

    June 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Remember how the Republicans said that President Obama's health care reform would kill grandma and force people to leave their doctor?

    Now the Republicans WILL kill grandma by cutting off her Medicare and hand her a pittance of money to go out in the "free market" of insurance coverage – where the only concern these insurance companies have is to their bottom line and shareholders.

    News flash, folks: These insurance companies aren't going to insure grandma because she's old and probably has a pre-existing condition or two. She will die – and we will be told to not worry, because the market will eventually "correct" itself.

    June 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. jenn,philadelphia

    At least the Republicans have a budget to attack. With at least two years without a budget from a Democratic controlled Congress, they should be careful about what they call attention to.

    June 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @db: The Liberal plan for prosperity is what FDR and Clinton used: Reasonable tax rates on those who can best afford them; invest in OUR country via infrastructure, research, technology and people; manufacture here in the U.S. ; and support the Middle Class so there are folks who can afford to buy products and keep the economy going.

    Republicans are competing against the other ultra-rich families of the world, using our country and its people as pawns in a pissing contest to see which fat cat ends up at the top of the heap.

    None of these elites cares what happens to the average person – because they'll always have the money and means to get away from us unwashed masses, including simultaneously telling themselves that because they say "Praise Jesus!" they're going to heaven, while buying into Ayn Rand's philosophy that the poor are worthless creatures.

    June 27, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. B

    I have to ask anyone out there to -Name One Thing -that the Republicans have done in the last two years to help Middle class families in this country.
    It ia all a strategy, as McConnel said,"to make Obaba a one term president". It is apparently working as Corporations are sitting on Trillions to keep the economy from moving until they get their Republican president and revive -zero corporate taxes and zero regulation of anything.

    We have been there and done that and it does not work !

    June 27, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. rc

    How about the $500 miilion the Dems robbed form Medicare to get through Obamacare. Nothing seems to be said about that. (and a little fact for you – number #1 district receiving waivers from Obamacare last quarter – Pelosi's. What a joke) Just bitch at Ryan because he is actually trying to secure a future for the program. Read the bill and stop just spouting the Democratic talking points. And please, stop with the class warfare. The "rich" pay more than their fair share of taxes. And the Obama's aren't takin gadvantage of the system and aren't rich? He has the opportunity to pay additonal taxes, just as all the rich Dems do, but they don't. So please, enough already. But without class warfare and the race card, Dems have nothing.

    June 27, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Debbie from Arizona

    It's about time that the Democrats start telling it like it is. The Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouths. The scream about reducing the deficit and debt, yet want their tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and don't you dare touch the subsidies for big oil or agriculture, don't even talk about closing the tax loopholes for the big corporations. Jesus, people, get a clue. The only one the Republicans are out to help are their big money contributors. They do not care for the middle class, in fact, Republican Governors all across our country are doing their best to destroy the middle class. They have attacked teachers, police officers, fire fighters, students, women and seniors. Who's left to vote for them, except the wealthy and big corporate CEOs. We need to tell them, enough is enough. Vote them out in 2012. The Tea Party keeps yelling they want their country back, well I want my country back. I want it back from the Republicans who are trying to ruin everything good about the United States.

    June 27, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "How about the $500 miilion the Dems robbed form Medicare to get through Obamacare."

    How about the fact that you're mischaracterizing projected savings by fixing inefficiencies as "cuts"? How about the FACT that the GOP's budget proposal DOESN'T UNDO THOSE VERY SAME MEASURES THAT YOU'RE MISCHARACTERIZING AS "CUTS"? The CoupaonCare Crapshoot is a's a mssive REPEAL & REPLACE of Medicare, like someone serving yo a bowl of steaming dog feces and telling you that you simply must accept that it is "ice cream" simply because they slapped that name on it. It would vastly attenuate the ability of the elderly to obtain insurance and health care services and would only get worse over time such that it would eventually just need to stop. It's broken from the get go and is solely an attempt, justified by GOP misinfromation and demagoguery, to accelerate the redistribution of wealth in this country to the already wealthy via tax cuts ON THE BACKS OF THE ELDERLY. It's nothing but disgusting.

    The GOP budget plan = the Pathology of Plutocracy.

    June 27, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Debbie

    Look up the Peoples Budget.. It is the only one that will truly save this country...

    June 27, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. ConservaFASCISTS

    I find the ad to be compelling. They should come out with an ad describing how the republicans have absolutely NO idea on how to raise revenue. When majority of the country believes the rich should be paying more, that's the point you need to stick to. Plain and simple. "Where is the shared sacrifice" should be the message the democrats have for 2012.

    June 27, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Debbie from Arizona
    It's about time that the Democrats start telling it like it is. The Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouths. The scream about reducing the deficit and debt, yet want their tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and don't you dare touch the subsidies for big oil or agriculture, don't even talk about closing the tax loopholes for the big corporations.
    Republicans fight for tax breaks for everyone. Why do you prefer taxes to government efficiency? And Republicans across-the-board are all for simplifying the tax code and reducing or eliminating tax breaks (which you try to make sound illegal by calling loopholes). And big oil has never done so well until Obama's policies have had their run. They..Love...Obama. Who is getting rich under Obama's Administration?!?! Big Oil, Big Banks and Bureaucrats. Have you heard about the drastic increase in the number of government limos in Washington? Those are Obama's results. Outside of Washington, Wall Street and Houston, we are still waiting for his stimulus to kick in.

    June 27, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Why do you prefer taxes to government efficiency?"


    June 27, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. azmary

    @rc How about the 3+ Billion dollars that Medicare saved taxpayers over the past 2 years by cutting waste and fraud? That 500 million "robbed" from medicare has been more than paid back to the recipients of medicare by the reduction in the cost of medications they pay for and the partial closing of the "doughnut hole" in Medicare plan D. That is the part of "Obamacare" you don't hear mentioned by opponents of the plan. Also, those waivers you cited, you do realize they are temporary, right? As far as tax paying rich people go, according to the most recent information from the Internal Revenue Service there are a lot of "Rich" (people who make a million dollars or more) who pay no taxes at all by using all of the current loopholes to avoid taxes.

    June 27, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    @ jenn, philadelphia,

    Remember how the GOP never had a plan with regards to healthcare, except an outline that would not get a passing grade in ECON 101? I also seem to remember that the focus of the GOP once they got into the Huse would be jobs: how does gutting Medicare and replacing it with a worthless voucher system help the employment situation? What are they doing about that? The answer is NOTHING. What makes this so sad is they are in the majority, with a clear opportunity to differentiate themselves from the Senate and teh POTUS, and they are blowing it. Would that $6400 voucher take care of me if I am a car accident, and I require surgury? No. Simply saying the free market will lower their prices will not make it so.

    What the Democrats are calling attention to is the fact they GOP is doing the bidding of their Ayn-Rand-inspired masters, who never will understand what it is like to work hard and worry every day if you have enough to pay your bills. All of those GOP members who came in earlier this year have already sold out: they clearly have no idea of the ramifications of what they are doing, yet they pocket the money (along with their conscience) and go merrily on their way, a la Nero.

    June 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Bob in Pa

    These morons have nerve. Had control of both houses and the president and wouldn't even attempt to create a budget. Their "Great Society" has failed. Time to stop allowing politicians to buy votes and take away their power. Spending needs cut, we need a balanced budget going forward. People need to get off their lazy butts, stop playing I'm a victim and take responsibility for themselves.

    June 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "And Republicans across-the-board are all for simplifying the tax code and reducing or eliminating tax breaks (which you try to make sound illegal by calling loopholes)."

    Then why did Cantor walk out on the debt negotiations when Van Hollen and the other Dems started pushing for getting rid of subsidies for Big Oil, the deductions/loopholes for private corporate jets that give them a better deal than the airline industry for amortization and depreciation, and phasing out the Bush tax cuts over time SINCE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TEMPORARY IN THE FIRST PLACE? You're so full of it that it's coming out of your ears.

    BTW, loopholes are, by definition, loopholes because they allow you to do something LEGALLY by escaping or making an end-run around the law. Calling something a loophole in no way implies that it is illegal.

    June 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |