If vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan wasn’t such a barefaced liar, I would say his speech at the Republican convention Wednesday night. Yeah, he lacerated President Obama alright, but wait until the Democrats have their say at their convention. You see, President Obama has fallen short on many counts, but Congressional Republicans, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell said from day one, their goal was to make him a one-term president. So, I wonder, if Mitt Romney wins, Sen. Harry Reid’s goal be to make him a one-term president and obstruct just about everything he proposes? Let me be very clear, the Bible said we must take care of the least among us, that means the poor and no, don’t take away low-income programs at the expense of the rich, who can manage just fine. Isn’t it time the Republicans put away their biases and follow their Christian faith? I would have much preferred Mitt Romney to have picked a running mate from any other place except a very unpopular Congress or someone more credible. I don’t care much for Romney and I don’t like the Democrats, but as an Independent, I have voted Republican many times, including for Georgia’s governor, but I cannot bring myself to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket with Paul Ryan’s Congressional record.
Here are the top five examples from Think Progress:
- MedicareRyan forged his reputation in large part by drafting and advancing an unpopular plan to dramatically cut and privatize Medicare. Though he didn’t mention that plan once on Wednesday, he included it in his last two budgets, both of which preserved the Affordable Care Acts cuts to Medicare — taken mostly from overpayments to private insurers and hospitals.Instead, Ryan once again dubiously accused President Obama of being the true threat to Medicare.“You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.”
Obama did use those Medicare savings — in the form of targeted cuts in payments to providers, not in benefits to seniors — to pay for the health care law. Ryan’s budget calls for using them to finance tax cuts for wealthy Americans, and deficit reduction. But by now calling to restore that spending commitment to Medicare, Ryan and Romney are pledging to hasten Medicare’s insolvency by many years.
- U.S. Credit RatingRyan said the Obama presidency, “began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.”Standard & Poors downgraded the country’s sovereign debt rating in 2011 because congressional Republicans, of which Ryan is a key leader, threatened not to increase the country’s borrowing authority — risking a default on the debt — unless Democrats agreed to slash trillions of dollars from domestic social programs and investments. Ryan even briefly toyed with the idea that the country’s creditors would forgive default for “a day or two or three or four” as long as Democrats ultimately agreed to GOP demands.
- Janesville GM PlantRyan criticized Obama for — yes — not using government funds to prop up an auto plant in his district.“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years,’” Ryan recalled. “That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.”Ignoring the inconsistency of a Republican chastising Obama for not bailing out more auto manufacturers, the plant in question closed before Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
- Bowles-Simpson Debt CommissionRyan chastised Obama: “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”Ryan sat on that commission. He voted against it. Following his lead, so did the panel’s other House Republicans.
- Protecting the PoorNear the end of his speech, Ryan claimed the campaign’s top priority is protecting the poor. “We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone,” he said. “And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.”Just under two thirds of the dramatic spending cuts in Ryan’s budget target programs that benefit low-income people. That plan also calls for large tax cuts for high-income earners.
Paul Ryan is a breath of fresh air for the presidential election, but he’s the wrong candidate because he is so closely tied to the shenanigans of a very unpopular House of Representatives. Paul Ryan is trotting his mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, around as though she is the face of America’s seniors citizens, but she’s far from that. You see, if Medicare is abolished, Betty Ryan Douglas will be just fine and will continue to play tennis everyday. How many other seniors would survive? Nothing wrong with having money, but don’t use empty rhetoric to try to trick the middle class, poor and seniors into thinking that one cares. Paul Ryan’s voting record says something else. Yeah, this is a debate we need to have and no, I seriously doubt he can win this debate.