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Is America More Beautiful Without Medicare? Ask Grandma! Whoops! Too Late!

Updated on May 24, 2011

Poor, Poor Grandma!

The Agenda Project Has Angered The GOP!

The Agenda Project has come up with a new ad that demonstrates quite effectively what will happen to grandma if the GOP is successful in destroying Medicare in America! Fox News and countless other GOP supporters are unhappy with the ad. They believe that the Agenda Project has gone too far. Way too far! The ad is probably the most creative political piece I have seen in quite some time. Just because the man in the suit slightly resembles Paul Ryan, just because the ad correctly defines the GOP Medicare philosophy, just because... The GOP is angry! The video is being called the Mediscare ad and the Agenda Project is loudly defending it because it tells the truth about the GOP plan to dismantle Medicare as we know it. That is the thing about great advertising! It hits all the right buttons!

If Paul Ryan doesn't like it, he should defend his plan. He should explain how his plan for Medicare will be better for seniors of the future. The GOP miscalculated this time. If anyone has gone too far, it is the GOP. They assumed, incorrectly, that they could silence those 55 or older, by promising them that Medicare will not change for them. The new plan will only destroy Medicare for those under 55. Ryan and the GOP thought the old divide and conquer idea would work in this case. They were wrong.

Even though the GOP's current behavior suggests that they are backing away from Ryan, do not believe it for a minute. They have no intention of backing down. Case in point: After Newt Gingrich appeared on Meet The Press Sunday morning, 05/15/2011, and said that Ryan's plan was radical change and right wing social engineering, the GOP and all of their backers, came down on Newt with both barrels. Newt apologized to Ryan everyway he could. Why would Gingrich have to apologize if the GOP had plans to back down? Their intentions are clear. The ad from the Agenda Project doesn't go too far. It is the Ryan plan that is outrageous! It is the Ryan plan that goes too far! And now, surpise, surprise, Gingrich is in full support, in lockstep with every other Republican. Don't forget! Every Republican member of the House voted to support the killing of Medicare! They will not back down.

Upon checking several conservative websites, most had comments from those who had seen the Mediscare ad. One, on Michelle Malkin's site, posted an entry that stated:

On May 18th, 2011 at 11:06 pm, right_on said:

"Ms. Payne, the one responsible for the ad was interviewed on Fox today…I just wanted to biotch-slap the smugness off her face! Wouldn’t give and inch, even when shown how faulty her position was…and, repeatedly mentioned “her good friend” Rev. Jim Wallis, the socialist, as one who has the moral authority on the healthcare issue.

They. Make. Me. Sick! (She said she preferred elected officials/appointed officials to make healthcare decisions, instead of the ”profit-motivated" private sector businesses.) Pure socialism."

Actually, right_on, you are the one who just got 'biotch-slapped'!

F*ck Tea! By the Agenda Project! This One Is For Fay and Terry!

Not The First Time! Erica Payne Is Used To The GOP Hate!

The Agenda Project and its editor-in-chief, Erica Payne, are not new to hatred from the right. She seems to revel in it! It fits her well! She appears on Fox News and never backs off! Maybe that is why they hate her so much!

The F*ck Tea! video, appearing to the right of this section, was another Agenda Project video that hit nerves throughout the community of right wing voters. The tune is so catchy that you will be singing along with it in no time! The video depicts the Tea Party in a not so favorable, albeit, accurate light.

Just last week, I received a very nice invitation. It simply said,

"Jill, join our Tea Party. We are bringing the real hope and change to America."

If I had seen the video before deleting the invitation from my email, I would have sent back a polite 'No Thank you' and attached the video. I have instead joined the Agenda Project! I just cannot resist such creativity.

Enough of the writing! The videos are the highlight of this article!

Erica Payne, Founder Of The Agenda Project

History Of The Agenda Project

The Agenda Project was designed to unite progressives so that they could more efficiently network and promote their common causes. By bringing together academics, philanthropists, experts, activists, and other like-minded individuals and groups, organizing can become a more united and coordinated effort to affect positive change.

For years, the GOP has networked. They have built a vast propaganda empire, not little by little, but by vociferously uniting to promote their common causes. The Agenda Project, under the leadership of Erica Payne, is clearly attempting the same thing, just on the other side. Unity builds strength. It also creates a dynamic method of vocalizing, teaching and influencing. Not one by one, but coming from a place of strength and sheer numbers.

Erica Payne is also the founder of the Tessaract Group, a consulting firm that provides strategy and communications expertise. Her clients include the Brennan Center for Justice. Her resume is extensive. Listen to her on You Tube. She has had many conversations with Fox News. This is one spunky lady who doesn't back away from a fight. She will run head first right into the Lion's Den at Fox, because she comes armed with the truth!

The two ads featured here have reached thousands and thousands of people. The goal: Millions!

The Agenda Project can be found at : Take a look, read about the organization and get involved!


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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Stump,

    As usual, your comment is right on! Of course, they want people to believe that we are all lying about the Ryan Budget, and I am so sick of people saying things like, "Well, at least Ryan has the courage to put this on the table!" On the table? He has served seniors to the sharks as the main course! Anything to save money for corporations and the wealthy.

    Thanks, Stump!

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    Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

    I seem to recall the GOP protesting about the death squads that were gonna kill off the geezers. Were they worried about the geezers or who got to kill 'em off? I believe the last great GOP contribution to the elderly was the new improved drug plan the drug companies asked for. That one helped a lot of people now didn't it. Seriously the extra profits got a lot of drug company CEOs another week in the islands. Anyone know any old people who had to choose between their medications and the cat food they're living on?

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Thank you, Sun-Girl.

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    Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Wonderful job you did in here bravo.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Fay,

    Erica Payne is a creative genius! I have listened to several of her interviews now on YouTube and she is just amazing! And please use the video for your Tea Party article! I love it and would proudly wear one of the T-shirts!

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    Fay Paxton 6 years ago

    Bravo! Excellent job. I love the commercial and the song is divine. Finally dishing it back. Take that!!

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear LRC,

    We all keep saying the same things. We sound like echoes of each other. You say you are bewildered, I always say I just don't understand. It is confusing, isn't it? I don't get it. Don't think I ever will! To me it seems so obvious! I know, you feel the same.

    The people who fight against financial reform keep saying that they believe in the open market, that the government should not regulate it. How can a market be open when the marketplace is owned by monopolies? How can a market be open when the market is full of crooks, out to exploit the consumer? If that is an open market, then maybe I just don't believe in that, either. Government does have an obligation to protect its people, not just from an armed enemy, but from any who would seek to harm its citizens. Sounds like big insurance companies and banks to me.

    Thank you for your comment, LRC. We just need to keep up the fight. Hopefully, enough will listen.

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    LRCBlogger 6 years ago

    ha ha, the videos are great. I am just bewildered how many people have been convinced to fight against their best interest. The USA is the only wealth nation in the world (there are about 30 others considered 'wealthy nations) that does not have some type of universal health care. We're the only one where getting sick can mean complete financial ruin and bankruptcy. It's amazing that people have been convinced to fight against financial reform and fight on the side of big banks who step on them. I just don't get it.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Peter,

    I thought you might enjoy the ads. I think they are awesome! I keep replaying them and am getting a kick out of reading the comments on the conservative websites! The right wing is not happy about these!

    These people do have to go!

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    PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    What great ads, I wish i could play one in the face of everyone who thinks the GOP cares. Von Ryan's Express tries again to get rid of the old and sick and handicaped they dilute the purity of the race Mein Furher! Why don't they just start wearing jack boots and armbands and stop pretending they are human and care. Right on Jillian, these guys have got to go. Peace and light Peter

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear HSchneider,

    Ryan and his buddies have been trying to do away with Medicare for many years. They thought this was their year. I actually thought so, too! I agree with you- always say, just being 65 is a pre-existing condition. Private insurance for the elderly without Medicare is not possible! Unless of course, you have 20 to 25 thousand a year for the premiums, and then there will be so many conditions and exclusions, the policies will be worthless. Almost as worthless as the GOP!

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    Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Great job Jillian. I thought the Paul Ryan dodge of exemting those 55 and over from the medicare change would fool a lot of people. Thankfully it didn't especially for those over 55. The elderly will not be able to get health insurance on their own no matter what voucher you give them. It is ridiculous. The elderly are naturally the group that uses this insurance the most. To rely on the the health insurance companies to do the right thing is ridiculous. The elderly will never be able to get insurance. These companies only know profits and the elderly are unprofitable. The GOP does not care.