Sep 25, 2012
With No Good Ideas to Run On, Steve Daines Steals Opponents Lines
In an attempt to whitewash his unpopular plans to end Medicare, make seniors pay more for health care, and cut Social Security benefits, Steve Daines has decided to plagiarize his opponent’s campaign ads. In his new ad released today, Daines repeatedly calls himself a problem solver, something Kim Gillan said about herself in her first television ad 19 weeks ago.
“We always knew Steve Daines would try to hide his unpopular plans for Montana’s seniors and middle class, but who would have thought he’d steal lines from his own opponent?” asked Stephen Carter of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Steve Daines may have trouble coming up with anything original to say about himself because his priorities are recycled too – cutting social security benefits and ending Medicare, forcing seniors to pay more for their health care in order to fund a tax break or millionaires like himself.”
Daines Would Vote for the Paul Ryan Budget to End Medicare. “Daines says he would vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and that he would have voted for the so-called Ryan budget, the conservative budget blueprint from U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and endorsed by the GOP-controlled House in March.” [Billings Gazette, 8/12/12]
Ryan Budget Has the Wrong Priorities. House Republicans voted for two budgets authored by Congressman Paul Ryan. The budgets would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, and create incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; Joint Economic Committee, 5/20/11; Joint Economic Committee, 6/20/12]
Daines Supported the Cut, Cap and Balance Proposal. In 2011, Daines said he supported the Congressional Republican deficit reduction plan called “Cut, Cap and Balance”. [Daines’ Campaign Website, 7/29/11]
Cut, Cap and Balance Would Make “Deep Reductions” to Social Security . The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote: “The measure […] stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. […] The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]