Paul Ryan: liar, liar pants on fire! When a Fox News columnist can criticize Paul Ryan for his deceitful Republican convention speech, you know there’s a problem. No decent person wants to go down in history as a liar, but Paul Ryan has won the gold medal for a single speech that was full of blatant lies. Here’s Sally Kohn’s take on Paul Ryan’s speech:
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.
The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.
Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.
Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn’t what the president said. Period.
Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.
Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.
This is the garbage Republicans are calling a spectacular speech where Paul Ryan hit a home run. Really? He said he wants to have a debate on the issues he laid out, saying he will win. Well, I would urge VP Joe Biden to do his homework because he will have a plethora of lies and half-truths to throw back at Paul Ryan from his stance on abortion rights, to his voting record in a highly unpopular Congress to his controversial budget plan. Can’t wait to see the “fireworks” fly because someone is going to get burned.
You see, Paul Ryan quoted his father at the end of his speech, who used to say to him, “”Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.” Well, Paul Ryan isn’t a part of the solution. He is a part of the problem in terms of what ails this country, having been a long-time member of a Congress with a 15 percent approval rating. He tried to deceive voters outright last night and while trying to distract voters from the truth about his own record, he may have singlehandedly caused Mitt Romney more problems as a running mate than he needs. Do you honestly think President Obama and the Democrats are going to take the so-called laceration he got from Paul Ryan lying down? Hell to the no.