Paul Ryan is now backtracking from his accusation that President Obama was to be blamed for an auto plant closing down in his hometown of Janesville, Wisc. During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, he said he wasn’t suggesting that President Obama was to be blamed for the plant closure, but that he should be held to “account for his broken promises” to reopen the plant. Um, liar, liar pants on fire. Paul Ryan is proving to be a damn liar. Not a week goes by when we don’t get a whopper from Mitt Romney’s sidekick.
“What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama was responsible for the plant shutdown in Janesville. That is not what I was saying; read the speech. What I was saying is the president ought to be held to account for his broken promises. After the plant was shut down, he said he would lead efforts to restore the plant. It’s still idle,” said Ryan on NBC’s “Today.” Source
It’s also ironic that he is flunking President Obama’s performance as “incomplete,” since he is a member of a highly unpopular Congress, with an approval rating of 15%. Seems to me Paul Ryan’s performance is also an incomplete. He has lied many times and has voted against measures that would help the poor and the middle class every chance he gets. There’s a funny thing about lies, they catch up with you. This is Mitt Romney’s bold vice presidential pick? Um, Paul Ryan is turning out to be quite a weasel, in every sense of the word. He’s not that policy expert as he fraudulently claims.
Jonathan Chait says Paul Ryan has always been a liar, but this time around, the media, not Politifact, but media outlets such as The Washington Post, are now noticing his penchant for lying:
Ryan seems to have fallen victim to circumstances he didn’t quite foresee. The Romney campaign has spent the last several weeks practically daring the national press corps to call out its lies. Well beyond the usual exaggerations of a national campaign, Romney has built its entire message around two accusations — “you didn’t build that” and “just send them a check” — that are obviously false. A day before Ryan’s speech, a Romney adviser told reporters, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” The media that had spent the last two and a half years nuzzling gently in Ryan’s lap had been prodded with sharp sticks and reacted in the predictable fashion, though probably not predictable to Ryan himself.
The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain. Ryan burst onto the national scene with a dense, fact-laden attack on the financing of Obama’s health-care bill that was essentially a series of hallucinations, pseudo-facts cooked up and recirculated by conservative apparatchiks who didn’t know what they were talking about ordidn’t care. His big-think speeches reflect the influence of fact-free conservatives and collapse under scrutiny.
For him to compare President Obama to Jimmy Carter, in terms of the high unemployment and foreclosure rates, is just laughable. President Obama inherited a tough economy. No-one can deny that and with the constant stonewalling by the Republicans, led by Tea Party darling Paul Ryan, they sabotaged him every step of the way. Let’s not forget we were fighting two wars, one totally uncalled for. Four years ago the economy was falling apart, with no-one knowing where the bottom to this quagmire was.