The Democrats are using fear more than hatred since the House passed the
Ryan budget along party lines. Many people do not need to be persuaded
of the details — fear is enough for them to take the Democrat side. Ryan
is “changing Medicare as we know it,” they say, and “change” of any
kind is suddenly an automatic disqualifier.
Why are these rank-and-file Democrats afraid of the Ryan budget, and not afraid of the president’s budget, which, by the way, was shot down without receiving a single vote, even from Democrats? President Obama has yet to offer a budget that ever balances — if we take any of his budgets, they promise permanent deficit spending. The Republican messaging problem is that no one is afraid of that.