Eric Cantor Sucks!


Having secured “draconian” cuts in a last-minute budget deal last week, House Republicans are hyping House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) new “Path to Prosperity” plan. The proposal professes to reform programs like Medicare and Medicaid to rein in spending by $6.2 trillion over the next decade. But as the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein notes, Ryan’s Medicare and Medicaid plans “rely on the same bait-and-switch: They use a reform to disguise a cut.” By making Medicare a voucher program and Medicaid a block grant program with $750 billion less in funding, Ryan’s plan forces seniors to pay more for the same benefits, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and jeopardizes vital health care services for millions of low-income Americans.

Today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace questioned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) support for a plan in which Americans “pay more out of pocket.” Defending the proposal, Cantor argued that these programs sometimes provide a “safety net” for “people who frankly don’t need one” and that the shift of the burden from the government to the beneficiary will teach government “to do more with less”:

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In reality, the Medicaid cuts will actually force states to do less with less. As the Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky points out, Ryan’s block grant idea would actually “destroy Medicaid” because the annual federal appropriation would be less than projected growth. States would thus make up the difference “by increasing spending or (more realistically) capping enrollment, cutting eligibility, limiting mandatory benefits and lowering provider reimbursements.” Numerous GOP governors are already itching to do so. And for Medicare beneficiaries, not only would low-income seniors end up paying more for the same benefits, but health insurers “will likely cherry-pick the healthiest enrollees” thereby increasing the costs for sicker individuals.

The Ryan plan does, however, provide a “safety net” for one specific demographic. Ryan’s plan will reduce the top marginal income tax rate and the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent — a move that, as the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo notes, shifts the tax burden down the income scale onto the middle class. Given these priorities, it appears that, for Cantor, those in need of a safety net are America’s wealthy.

(Video and transcript at THINKPROGRESS link)


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39 responses to “Eric Cantor Sucks!

  1. Cantor and Ryan don’t give a shit about the general population. When their done in office, they get free health care and a nice pension, and the rest of us have to suffer.

    • not only their free health care and healthy pensions, but they’ll get their high-paying do-nothing jobs with the lobbyists they’ve been servicing for so many years.

  2. Quite dark and sinister. 🙂

  3. It’s a good thing that the Congressional health care plan covers a complete conscience-ectomy, isn’t it?

    Bear in mind, these people call themselves pro-life …

  4. not being religious at all – i wonder if there is some sort of ex-communication process for Jews – Cantor is a shonda and he should Gai kakhen afenyam – and then have Boner and Bachmann jump in after he does his little eric.

  5. jeb

    Your title says it all Nons. He does suck and so do all of the other corporate shills making sure that the wealthy get their well deserved breaks on the backs of the middle class.

    I guess the idea is to work us at low wages until we’re broken and then discard us as unusable. No need for death panels there.

    I have news for these fuckwads. I’ve been paying into medicare all of my life. They need to keep their disgusting oily mitts off!

    • don’t any of these asswipes have family who are not as well off as they are? don’t they know any people who are middle class? are they really that devoid of empathy that they don’t even blink when they talk about taking from people who have almost nothing in order to give to people who have everything? i honestly despise them.

  6. Funny Jeb should mention death panels, because that is what came to mind when I read this. Because discarded working poor left to fend for themselves is just a creative variation on that death panel theme.

    Cantor may as well have said:
    “Cantor argued that these programs sometimes provide a “safety net” for “people who frankly don’t need one” and that the shift of the burden from the government to the beneficiary will teach government “to screw more people who have less.”

  7. Get the feeling that the closer you get to something that the likelyhood of getting it gets more remote? Sort of like a bad dream I’ve had several times where I’m stuck in high school and can”t get out. What retirement? Who said anything about Medicare? G’wan widja! And the poster truly captures the role of tokenator doing his worst. At this rate, you’re going to run out of posters.

    • jerry, did you notice the changes i made to the token? i’m hoping you approve. 🙂

      • Not coming from a part of the country that uses tokens, I’m puzzeled, except for the star. Was tempted to make a remark comparing him to the infamous Jude Suss movie poster of the thirties but decided that would be in very bad taste, even for him.

        • this is the original token. widdle ewic is not from nyc, so that didn’t make any sense, and i wanted to have something in the middle that was open like the Y in the original. here’s a close-up of the widdle ewic token.

          • Now I get it. Maybe there’s hope for him yet since the CSA vice president was of the Hebrew persuasion.

            • wiki says the csa veep was presbyterian.

              • ??? Like so many things when you watch dcumentaries, read books, mag articles, you find out later that somebody is totally wrong or got the story screwed or skewded. I’ll do some looking around. I DO know the person in question had his image on some of the confederate currency. Going to check that out and get to the bottom of this. Wiki can either be good or off the wall in some cases.

                • i found this here:

                  The most famous Southern Jew of the era was Judah Benjamin. He was the first Jewish U.S. senator and declined a seat on the Supreme Court and an offer to be ambassador to Spain. Educated in law at Yale, he was at one time or another during the war the Confederacy’s attorney general, secretary of war and secretary of state. After the war, he settled in England, where he became a lawyer and wrote a seminal legal text.

                  • You beat me to it. He’s on the $2 bill. His father started the reform congregation movement. Must have heard it wrong thirty some years ago.

  8. “bait and switch” … finally, an accurate description. Lieutenant Twit has never impressed me.

  9. “Path to Prosperity” for who?

  10. Eric Cantor is real a corporate shill. He gets paid off to vote that way. That’s why I don’t always agree with the dems but I would NEVER vote for a republican. They are against the middle class in this country. Let’s hope the dems gain control of the house in 2012 so we can throw out these corporate whores!

    • hello superman1930,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      not only is widdle ewic a corporate shill, he’s desperate to be speaker of the house. he allowed his ambition to make him miscalculate, and he painted himself into a corner while aiming his knife at bronzo the clown’s back, and now he looks like an idiot. now, bronzo the clown owns him, if only for a little while. it’s been reported that widdle ewic didn’t say a word in the meeting today at the white house. i wonder if they made him write i’m a power-hungry narcissist 100 times on a blackboard (i think glenn blechhh is no longer using his).

      p.s. your link isn’t working, superman. i tried to fix it, but without success. if you want me to correct it, let me know what the correct link is.

  11. MPutzier

    Eric and his Koch Brother finance department and guaranteed job with them after his fiasco in congress are the prime definition of whats gone wrong with OUR beloved country! we need to get these greedy types out of control of OUR futures! VOTE THEM OUT!

    • hello mputzier,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      amen to all you said. corruption is what’s wrong with this country’s politics, and widdle ewic and his henchmen are the faces of corruption.

  12. formerlymiddleclass

    Eric Cantor is an evil, dishonest, pathetic excuse for a human being. He cares only with lining his wallet and the wallets of his rich buddies. He and his Republican cronies are out to destroy middle class America. I hope that he’s not re-elected.

    • hello formerlymiddleclass,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      i agree with you completely. the only people widdle ewic and his buddies are concerned about are the ones lining their pockets.