No, he’s not a Mossad agent, just a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and he wrote one of the most important lines in contemporary American journalism.Â Concerning Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget proposal, Ben-David observes:
The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.
That’s exactly right.Â Not “revamp” Medicare, or “streamline” Medicare, or “reform” Medicare, or theÂ perhaps the worst: “Democrats say it would end Medicare.”Â Ryan’s planÂ would end Medicare.Â This is not opinion.Â It is fact.Â Republicans might want to defend this, or back off from it, or change the subject.Â But they must acknowledge it.Â FactsÂ are stubborn things.
Now, it’s up to the Democrats to keep saying it.Â “The Republicans — who want to end Medicare — want to shut down the government.”Â “The candidates of the Republican Party, which wants to end Medicare, have not said whether or not they, like Congressional Republicans, want to end Medicare.”Â Or even: “Congressional Republicans, who want to end Medicare, have not come up with a coherent response to the Libyan war.”Â Every Republican candidate must be asked, “Like the Republican Party in the House, do you want to end Medicare?”
On this day, and in this part of this article at least, opinion is not divided about the shape of the earth.