Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Will Hurt Old People; Paul Ryan's Security Guys HAVE Hurt Old People

In 2011, 71-year-old retired plumber Tom Nielsen was tackled and arrested after disturbing a luncheon where Paul Ryan was explaining his plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. As Mr. Nielsen was being handcuffed (despite telling police he had a broken shoulder), Paul Ryan dropped a hilarious, totally classy zinger: "I hope he's taken his blood pressure medication!" That's funny because if Paul Ryan had his way, Tom Nielsen wouldn't be able to afford it.

Paul Ryan: “Most of our debt in the future comes from our entitlement programs.”
Senior citizen: “Hey. I paid into that for 50 years, my unemployment and my Social Security and my Medicare, and now you’re gonna…” [At this point you hear the police who are dragging him out shouting, “on the ground, on the ground.”]
Paul Ryan: “I hope he’s taken his blood-pressure medication!” [laughs]
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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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