Nancy Pelosi: ‘You can kiss Medicare goodbye’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a mid-morning press conference Thursday, sharply denouncing Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit plan, which will come up for a vote later in the day.

If Boehner’s proposal becomes law, Pelosi said, “You can kiss Medicare goodbye.” (RELATED: New WH talking point — Boehner is the Grinch, and he’ll steal your Christmas)

The Minority Leader argued that Boehner’s proposal unfairly targets and undermines middle-class families. She also questioned Boehner’s reasons for previous attempts to negotiate a debt limit deal with President Obama, saying the leaders came to the table for different reasons.

“I believe the real reason they didn’t connect,” said Pelosi, “is because Republicans all along have used deficit reduction … as an excuse for the unraveling of the middle class over the last 50 years,” she added.

“We cannot come to an agreement on that hardship they want to place on the middle class,” Pelosi continued. “The vision that President Obama has for our country, I believe, is on the high ground.”

Specifically, she charged that Boehner’s plan puts education, retirement for seniors, and job creation in jeopardy. Pelosi also said the Boehner plan cannot pass both chambers of Congress, adding that leaders will need to go back to the negotiating table and achieve a compromise deal that is “truly about reducing the deficit and not undermining the middle class.”

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  • lvjohn

    I was hoping that we could kiss the botox turd queen goodbye instead.

  • jdw

    The only hope that I see is that a lot of these DemoRATS (and some to the RINOs) are old! What in the he!! is keeping them alive so long?

  • LarryG

    One more serving. Do youself a favor and give this a good, hard look:


    Rothschild trick

  • LarryG

    Why are we still being subjected to this worthless old haybag’s rantings? I have some info for you folks. First, the Dems will most likely do to Medicare what they did to Social Security:

    Your Social Security
    Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!
    Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed.
    Our Social Security
    Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
    Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
    1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary.
    No longer Voluntary
    2.) That the participants would only have to pay
    1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
    Incomes into the Program.
    Now 7.65% on the first $90,000
    3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,
    No longer tax deductible
    4.) That the money the participants put into the
    independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would
    only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program.
    Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent
    5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
    Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed
    Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
    now receiving a Social Security check every month —
    and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
    the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put
    away’ — you may be interested in the following:
    Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
    A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
    controlled House and Senate.
    Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
    deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
    A: The Democratic Party.
    Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
    A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
    ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the
    Senate, while he was Vice President of the US
    Q: Which Political Party decided to start
    giving annuity payments to immigrants?
    A: That’s right!
    Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
    Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
    began to receive Social Security payments! The
    Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
    even though they never paid a dime into it!
    Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
    the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!
    And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!
    If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
    awareness will be planted and maybe changes will
    evolve. Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn’t so.

    But it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?
    Actions speak louder than bumper stickers.