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Letter: Bashing of DNC’s Schultz is misguided

Posted: June 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In response to Dan Thomasson’s May 31 opinion column, “New DNC chief’s message is decidedly old”:

There is a huge flaw in the foundation of this article, and it is because Debbie Schultz is making accusations that have been part of her party’s modern history or are decidedly old, they are less credible or false.

The truth of a claim has nothing to do with how old it is or who accepts it.

Now, I agree that when Schultz accuses Republicans of destroying Medicare, that is a straw man of Paul Ryan’s budget. Republicans are proposing to privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program.

While I recognize that entitlements are the No. 1 debt driver, which is something that Democrats try to downplay, that doesn’t mean that something like Medicare, which deals with people’s lives, should be run for a profit with nothing but discount cards from the government.

The Declaration of Independence states that life is an unalienable right, and if something is a right, then it is the government’s job to protect it.

Thomasson then accuses Schultz of not explaining how we fix things, and pull the thorns from the crucial issues, and then cites an interview from the Christian Science Monitor in which she was never asked how she thinks we should fix things. That is blatantly dishonest.

If you think that Schultz and President Barack Obama have only been accusing Republicans of not doing things right and not coming up with plans of their own regarding the budget and other issues, then you obviously haven’t seen Schultz addressing the budget committee or advocating for or against certain budget amendments on the House floor, or Obama’s Facebook town hall meeting or his address to Ryan’s budget, in which they do exactly that.


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