Maryann Tobin

Politicians have been known to be untruthful in order to win an election, and the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan team is no exception.

"Mitt Romney's latest line of attack against President Obama over Medicare and the Affordable Care Act is so full of contradictions and lies, it would be laughable if it wasn't so predictably Romney," according to the Daily Kos.

The Romney-Ryan presumptive 2012 GOP ticket is hiding some important facts about what's in store for today's seniors under their budget plan.

According to Bloomberg, "A double standard exists when it comes to shielding Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from immediate cuts," said Representative Henry Waxman of California, the top Democrat on the House committee with jurisdiction over both programs.

Seniors currently on Medicare and Medicaid would face immediate cuts in their health care benefits, not 10 years from now.

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare, currently gives seniors free preventive wellness care and closes the Medicare Part D "Donut Hole" on prescription drugs. The Romney-Ryan plan takes that away with the repeal of Obamacare. So seniors would immediately pay more for preventive care and prescription drugs.

"Republicans had a field day scaring seniors with this big lie, and with unfortunate success in 2010. But now that no senior has actually lost their Medicare benefits because of Obama, the shelf life for this lie is over. Particularly when it's coming out of Mitt Romney's mouth. You know, the guy who embraced the Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare," the Daily Kos added.

Of course neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan has any reason to tell current seniors that their plan would indeed cost them both money and coverage. Republican candidates running in local races are also running away from the Ryan plan, out of fear that they will lose their seats.

Remember the promises from the Tea Party Republicans on the 2010 campaign trail? They said they were going to create jobs and reduce the deficit. Did they do either?

In 2012, Republicans are using the same sound-bites that worked in their favor in the last election, hoping that voters won't notice that not only were they not fulfilled, they were accompanied by nothing but rigid thinking, a blow to the U.S. credit rating, and deficit increases through their insistence on holding the $4 trillion Bush tax cuts for millionaires hostage in budget negotiations.

The question on voters' minds should be, what have Republicans done to make their lives better since 2010, and do they believe privatizing Medicare and Social Security will help them even more?

Romney and Ryan want voters to believe that getting them to sacrifice their safety nets will solve the deficit problem. But it won't.

As long as Romney-Ryan insist on adding a total of about $9 trillion in tax cuts for millionaires, the deficit will continue to grow.

The Christian Science Monitor said, "You don’t need to dig up old Ryan votes to see where his priorities are. Just look closely at his 2013 budget."

Ryan himself admits that his budget plan does not reduce the deficit any time soon.

“Well I don’t know exactly when it balances because — I don’t want to get wonky on you, but we haven’t run the numbers on that specific plan,” Ryan said in a recent interview with Brit Hume on Fox News.

So what is the real reason for the sales-job from Romney and Ryan on privatizing America's social safety net programs?

For the answer, look no further than the Ryan's voting record in the House.

"A fiscal conservative pays for the government he wants. Ryan never has. His early 'Roadmap for America’s Future' didn’t balance the budget until the 2060s and added $60 trillion to the national debt," according to Capital Gains and Games.

"Ryan’s revised plan, passed by the House in 2011, wouldn’t reach balance until the 2030s while adding $14 trillion in debt. It adds $6 trillion in debt over the next decade alone."

And the truth shall cost you the election.

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