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General: What does Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket mean for your family, your job and your community?

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I wish the AFT & ALF-CIO would use better language to explain in simpler terms what's at stake for our memebers' earned health benefits: The Ryan Medicare voucher would convert an "earned defined-benefit" plan (similar to our pensions) into a 401K-styled health insurance program. Plain and simple: Romney-Ryan would change the structure of Medicare (A,B,C,&D)where I am now paying a percentage of my payrole check (1.4% on 100% of my income) into a system to received a set benefit. Romney-Ryan would take that away from me, replace it with a yearly check and leave me to the for-profit wolves to find my health insurance. Good luck with that!

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Floyd Cameron
NYSUT
Gilboa, NY

It means that my son who has high blood pressure will not be able to get health insurance. My grandsons who just graduated and are working, but does not make enough money to buy health insurance will be without health insurance. Right now, they can be on my son's insurance until they can find a job that pays more. It also means because we are retired and do not get much of a pension will not have medicare. Romney and Ryan are just a continuation of the Bush era. They could prove themselves if they cut the salaries of congress and put them on the same insurance program the rest of the working class have to deal with.

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Zelda Hentschel
San Antonio AFT
Helotes, TX

If Romney and Ryan get in I will not survive on my income, I am fine now. But if Ryan has his way to cut ss and Medicare I am screwed along with the millions of seniors. I paid in all my life. How dare they want to take my money!!!!!

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Robyn Harland
uft local 2
Newark, DE

If the Romney/Ryan ticket wins, America will become America Inc. They will privatize Social Security & any other entity they may get their hands on. Also Medicare will be destroyed,Planned parenthood eliminated, resulting in women's rights gone!! Also, the Affordable Care Act will be repealed resulting in higher medical care for Americans & higher profits for the helthcare industry.

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Marilyn Good
Seminole, FL

A Romney/Ryan Administration would have a detrimental impact on ALL people making less than $250000/yr, jobs, communities, states, & America: People will find their local, state, & federal taxes (including "fees" they don't consider "taxes") will increase dramatically. Result: Less spending for anything but necessities; Due to less disposable income, fewer jobs! Those w/b exported, so Big Corps/Wealthy few can make ever greater profits; Education "vouchers" for private schools (w/a few token "needy"), to the detriment of Public Education. Result: Many children "Left Behind" w/little chance of further education/growth; Finally, no retirement

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Jane Barry
Sarasota, FL

The end Medicare is crucial for my parents and myself as we all depend upon the existence of Medicare as our only source for health insurance. The cut of 11 million dollars from the budget for US veterans care and benefits (my father is a veteran). Most Importantly, his budget will gut priorities for access to Pell grants for nearly 10 million students and he plans to double student loan interest rates. My sister has 3 children who depend upon the existence of this funding to continue their college studies. If the GOP wins - the USA is heading for a disaster and I already worry about access for her children for their college studies.

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Jean Naples
West Haverstraw, NY

It starts with T which means "BIIIIG TROUBLE"!!!

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James Kerner
Transport Workers Union
Bergenfield, NJ

No medicare. No retirement. No EPA. No environment. No employment. No government except for the 1%.

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Richard Creswell
Lakewood, CO

Paul Ryan and his budget, whether he gets to be VP or not, represent the end of the New Deal and the Great Society. I know there are a few rich folk who like that, but the rest of us don't. We don't want to go back in time to 1930.

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B Grimm
Derry, NH

I am a Democrat and believe that President Obama is doing a wonderful Job. I believe that, if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win, our educational system will get worse and not better. The Republican Party, which both men are members of, has, and still does make cuts to Education, and health care programs essential to Children; Seniors, And Low Income families

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John Gaxiola
UESF
San Francisco, CA

A change of hope. The Obama ticket has increased gas prices, budget cuts in education,and the deficit is alarming to all Americans. I have applied for hundreds of jobs to no avail. It has been the most difficult three years of my family life. I thought by going to college and getting a degree that would enhance my family life. We need a change that will restore the American Dream for all people in America. We hope your ticket will lead us all on a better path.

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Julia Cox
Jeffersonville, KY

Ryan is just another crook looking out for the super elite. He is worthless just like his running mate.

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Steve Cika Jr.
CTA
Berea, OH

Paul Ryan on the ticket is good news!! At last, people will be able to see more clearly that this agenda is really going to favor the "one percent" and not the rest of us! And that "one percent" is NOT the same one percent of twenty years ago! This is a whole new, much more wealthy, class than we have ever seen. It will give us an opportunity to emphasize the real schism that has grown between that new "one percent" and the rest of us!! Paul Ryan is just as amiable as can be, but remember he gives copies of Ayn Rand to all his staff members!

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Karen Johnson
HFCC-Adjunct Union
Harrison, MI

Why in the hell would I vote for somebody that would get rid of Social Security and Education. We must vote for Barack Obama

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jay b rown
AFT Retiree #8029
Albuquerque, NM

Death to the middle class

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James Hogan
Santa Fe Springs, CA

It means that any pretense of caring for the middle class has been totally invalidated. Be afraid middle class. BE VERY AFRAID!

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Anthony DiRienzo
WSTA
East Aurora, NY

We all agree that our current system of entitlements needs to be reformed. However, we need to do so responsibly. We can't radically change policies that will destroy the fabric of our Democracy. We can't afford to reduce educational needs, Social Security, and public services in order to maintain the lifestyles of the rich and influencial. Congress must restore confidence in the American Dream. We need to set priorities on what's important. Jobs, education, and technology or government subsidies for the "oil-rich and infamous."

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John Boddie
PHila Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia, PA

Romney agrees with the Ryan mastermind behind the exreme GOP budget plan and says it would be "marvelous" if the Ryan budget would be adopted. The Medicae system would be the end of the present system and seniors would be responsib le for thousands of dollars in health care, plus the wealthy would benefit and greater burdens would be placed on the middle class. If people would just think and know what would be in store if the Romney/Ryan ticket wins.

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Judith Dunn
Salina, KS

Romney and Ryan define success in terms of dollars and cents. That is generally what the GOP is about- money. Romney's Bain Capital certainly is an example of this- profit is more important than people. Ryan's budget plan is also an outrageous example of a policy that would devastate an already struggling working/middle class and those in the most need. But Romney and Ryan, the good Christians they are, don't care about things like the tribulations of the working poor, children without health insurance, services to seniors...They care about the bottom line, dollars and cents...Every man for himself...Yeah, that's Christian!

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SALVATORE RIGGIO
THE VILLAGES, FL

I've heard a lot of talk regarding Social Security and Medicare and its effect on seniors should there be cuts. No one, however, appears to be talking about people like me, who cannot work due to a medical condition and whose only income is Social Security Disability and who also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for our medical care. I have AIDS. I also suffer from Bipolar Disorder. These two conditions require medications that are extremely costly. Losing my coverage for these meds could leave me in a mental hospital or dead. Apparently neither Romney nor Ryan give a damn about people like me.

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Scott Amundsen
Oneonta, NY

It means the potential for the loss or cut in my spouse's pension, increase in medical care.. possible cut in our potential Medicare reimbursement which we are just starting with my spouse's program. Also the possible increase in job loss in the community.

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Barbara Lipa
west seneca
alden, NY

What does Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket mean for my family and jobs and community? Disaster,Doom Day.

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Carolyn Barrett
North Syracuse, NY

Any plan to reduce our Social Security and/or Medicare would have a devastating effect on our retirement.

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Harold Buttitta
3 Village School District
Boynton Beach, FL

We're SCREWED!

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rosemary hancock
parma, OH

It means that the GOP Republican party cares more for the rich and Corporations than they do the average, taxpaying voting American citizen. They would rather send this country down the road to failure by killing off all routes to equal opportunities and success for all -- supporting extractive political and economic institutions to preserve the rich -- because they just don't care about us, the 99%. The GOP Republican party has become a rotten bunch of fascist Dominionist Banksters and the Koch Brothers are their poster children!

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Ken Crawbuck
Friday Harbor, WA

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