Last night I began pondering what Romney's Mediscare message would look like in my world. As you know, he's suggesting that because President Obama found savings in Medicare that he somehow "raided the Medicare trust fund."
As the executive director of a non-profit organization, rather than slamming me for doing something similar, my board of directors would be giving me high fives. Here's an analogy of what that would look like.
A few years ago our non-profit bought a building that has a furnace over 40 years old. We've been told that if we upgraded to a more efficient furnace, we could save up to half of what we spend monthly in heating/cooling costs.
To upgrade, we'd have to spend $ from our reserve funds (savings). But it would free up operating funds spent on heating/cooling. Sounds like a no-braier, huh?
But what if I was able to make the deal even sweeter? What if I was able to negotiate a deal with our vendors that made the use of those reserve funds unnecessary? My gawd...our board of directors would be doing cartwheels!!!!! What they would definitely NOT be doing is accuse me of raiding our reserves by the amount of our savings.
What Romney is suggesting is that the SAVINGS President Obama found in Medicare by negotiating deals with the vendors (projected to be $716 billion by CBO) are actually a raiding of the trust fund.
That's why Romney's charges are not only a lie...they're a despicable stupid lie.