TOP NEWS: Democracy – May 01, 2012
*The Legendary Paul Ryan *How ‘Obamacare’ Is Saving Seniors Billions On Meds *Explaining The Crazy: What All The Chaotic Politics News Really Means *Voter ID Laws: A GOP Witch Hunt *The Blind Spot in Romney’s Economic Plan
The Legendary Paul Ryan - Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
… Ryan has so thoroughly seized control of the Republican agenda and identity, [...] By some measure, he’s the most popular guy in Washington.
How ‘Obamacare’ Is Saving Seniors Billions On Meds - Sahil Kapur, Talking Points Memo
In the first two years after “Obamacare” was signed, Medicare reforms in the law saved seniors a total of $3.4 billion in prescription drug costs by bridging a coverage gap, according to official figures.
Explaining The Crazy: What All The Chaotic Politics News Really Means – Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo
What the data show, and what the parties’ actions reflect, is that an evenly divided electorate will determine the outcome of the 2012 election, much as it did in years past…
Voter ID Laws: A GOP Witch Hunt - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
Republicans are waging the most concerted campaign to prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their legitimate voting rights since the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and literacy tests.
McGurn: Paul Ryan’s Cross to Bear – Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal
Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: “We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity.
The Blind Spot in Romney’s Economic Plan - Jonathan Cohn, New Republic
A look at the good and bad of Romney’s economic plan to cut taxes and regulations, shrink government, undo the Obama agenda, and stick it to labor.
President’s Ad on Bin Laden Is Well-Played - Michelle Cottle, Daily Beast
The president’s new ad trumpeting bin Laden’s killing may well politicize national security, as the GOP complains. But Obama’s just taking a page from a playbook the Republicans have trusted since 2001
Obama Campaign Strikes Squarely At Romney’s Swiss Bank Account - Sam Stein, HuffingtonPost
On Tuesday morning, the Obama campaign put out an ad in Ohio called, of all things, “Swiss Bank Account.”
G-Zero and the New World Disorder - Kevin Sullivan, Real Clear Politics
A post-World War II system now in tatters has left a large vacuum of power hanging over the globe. If the United States and its Western allies are no longer willing or able to lead, then who will?