Scaring Grandma II – The Cicilline Lie-Apalooza Returns (Briefly)
Further to Marc’s post about Rhode Island’s junior senator going around baselessly alarming seniors, in the other Congressional chamber, Rhode Island’s First District congressman was almost exultant last week about Paul Ryan’s proposals to modify Social Security and Medicare.
“It’s interesting,” Cicilline said Tuesday during a half-hour interview with WPRI.com in his Pawtucket district office. “During my campaign I was criticized for doing a ‘Scare the Seniors’ tour. This is exactly what I was talking about. This is real!”
Actually, no, it’s not real at all, Congressman. Nothing has changed since your Lie-Apalooza last fall when you went around telling seniors that changes had been proposed for Social Security … without bothering to tell them that they would be completely unaffected by such changes.
Lie-Apalooza 2011 kicked off last week.
Congressman Cicilline will begin his Congressional Seniors Series by discussing the effects of the Republican budget on Medicare and Medicaid. Under the Republican budget, tax breaks for millionaires would be increased while the Medicare guarantee for seniors would end and support for seniors in nursing homes, disabled individuals, and low-income children who depend on Medicaid would be cut.
But, interestingly, it was cut short. Now, whether this was because he has repented about this really sleazy and dishonest way to drum up support or, more likely, because the press was asking good questions about the newest revelations of his budget shenanigans is not clear.
The larger question remains: why are these two elected officials (the junior senator and the junior congressman) addressing and upsetting a constituency about an issue that does not affect them in the least?