The right wing is not happy with the rhetorical attacks the Democrats are launching against the budget recently passed by the House GOP. Conservatives complain that it’s unfair criticism to note that their budget dismantles Medicare by transforming it into an exceedingly stingy voucher scheme.
Everyone — from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the architect of the budget plan, to GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, to House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), to conservative media personality Sean Hannity — has taken up the cry that Democrats are engaging in demagogic “Mediscare” tactics. Moreover, 42 House GOP freshmen sent a letter to President Obama in May asking him “to rein in Democratic attacks on GOP members who voted for the House budget.”
Given the unusually earnest — and frankly, moralistic — tone of the Republicans’ objections to the Democrats’ criticism of the GOP plan, it’s worth reviewing exactly how these same conservative reacted to the Democrats’ own health care reform package back in 2009: