Self destruction, and out for themselves, conservatives jumped off the cliff with Rep. Paul Ryan.
Fox News: On a party-line vote, the House of Representatives passed a Republican 2012 budget proposal which aims to start the country down the path of deficit reduction, but which Democrats warn will gut a vital safety net for seniors.
The House voted 235-193 to approve the plan by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Here's Chris Matthews and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings getting the latest "talking points" from Republican Rep. Dan Lungren who had been briefed on how to market Ryan's plan. I've superimposed a few of the talking points and commentary in the video below. Lungren's party expects the public to be amazingly gullible, or that masochistic.
Here's another discussion the day before, where Republican Rep. Tom Cole tested out the idea that no one 55 and older will be effected, like that should make the Ryan plan magically more acceptable. Republicans feign the mild ignorance that future generations will in some way be different than today's seniors, especially when all the high paying jobs are gone and no safety net to depend on. Cole plays the innocent dupe, convinced in an insincere kind of way that as long as older seniors aren't effected, they can get away with it. We'll see.