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The 5 Biggest Lies in Paul Ryan's RNC Acceptance Speech

ProudProgressive 2012/08/30 11:40:41
Another day, another set of Right Wing lies. With the Republican Convention turning into yet another bust, Paul Ryan obviously felt the need to stir things up. It's a shame he didn't include any reality in his speech, but then, that's what the Romney campaign is all about.

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The 5 Biggest Lies in Paul Ryan's RNC Acceptance Speech
By: Jason Easley
August 30th, 2012

Paul Ryan took the stage in Tampa and peppered his speech with lies, falsehoods distortions and exaggerations. There were many to choose from, but here are the five biggest lies.

1). Ryan accuses Obama of closing down the GM plant.


What Ryan Said, "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." 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. And that's how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight."

The Truth: The GM plant closure was announced in June of 2008, when George W. Bush was president. Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

2). Ryan Claims Taxpayers Got Nothing Out of the Stimulus.


What Ryan Said, " What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn't just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted. Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business."

The Truth: The stimulus added 3.3 million jobs, cut unemployment by 1.8%, and grew GDP by 4.1%. Nothing is what the country got when Ryan and his fellow Republican obstructed the American Jobs Act.

3). Ryan Accused Obama of Putting the Federal Government in Charge of Healthcare.


What Ryan Said, "Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care. Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country."

The Truth: What would a Republican gathering be without a hat tip to the ugly step child of death panels? Obamacare doesn't federalize healthcare. In fact, it does the opposite.

As FactCheck.org pointed out, "The health care law does set new minimum benefits packages, but that's more a matter of coming between patients and their insurance companies, rather than patients and their doctors…he health care law doesn't come close to establishing a government-run system like those of Britain or Canada. While Medicaid will be expanded to more people, most Americans will continue to get their insurance through a private carrier. To the dismay of many liberals, a proposal to include a government-run "public option" to private health insurance was dropped during the legislative process."

4). Ryan Blames Obama for The Nation's Downgraded Credit Rating.

What Ryan Said, " It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America."

The Truth: S&P; blamed the downgrade on the political dysfunction caused by the Ryan led House on the debt ceiling, "We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process."

In short, Ryan is blaming President Obama for a crisis that he helped manufacture. If anyone is responsible for the downgrade, it is Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans.

5). Ryan Hints that Obama is a Socialist.


What Ryan Said, "None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us."

The Truth: Ryan's sly nod to the right wing talking point that Obama is some sort of secret socialist hides the fact that this president is the biggest taxcutter in American history. This is a president whose biggest policy achievement is a healthcare reform that will give private sector health insurance companies millions of new customers. Obama is a lot of things, but he is definitely not a socialist.

Ryan speech showed both why Romney chose him, and why he isn't going to help the ticket. Romney chose Ryan because he can talk the talk the far right conservative backbone wants to hear. Ryan sent the crowd on the convention floor into euphoric joy with his claims that Obamacare is the root of all evil, and big spending Barack Obama is ruining the country with his secret socialism.

This kind of rhetoric only resonates with the Republican Party. Any non Republican tuning probably wondered what that teenage boy on stage was so darn mad about. That's the other problem with Paul Ryan. He lacks gravitas. When you listen to Paul Ryan speak, you don't hear leader of the free world. You hear a teenager railing against Mom and Dad because he can't have the car tonight. This perception is only advanced by Ryan's constant usage of his mother as a political human shield.

All told, the GOP's big idea man(child) gave a speech that completely lacking in ideas. This was completely forgettable speech by a completely forgettable running on a completely forgettable ticket.

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  • KAREN JAMES 2012/08/31 23:07:37
    KAREN JAMES
    Blame game, it's a shame, Mittens game of blame...
  • Nuke 2012/08/31 05:10:38
    Nuke
    +1
    Thanks for the laugh, you libs and your supposed "fact checkers" are a joke, tell me, who's fact checking your fact checkers? lol
  • Todd The Libertarian 2012/08/31 03:59:05
    Todd The Libertarian
    AC/DC one of his bands.Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.Vote Gary Johnson
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/08/31 03:38:22
    Your Favorite Nerd
    +1
    Suggestion, Don't put this under fun because us sane people on SH don't want to see this political junk...
  • Rocky 2012/08/31 02:00:08
    Rocky
    He is a hunter so I will never vote for him - outside of that he looks just like Eddie Munster! Eddie Munster
  • Somkey ... Rocky 2012/08/31 10:34:00
    Somkey the Hores
    Now THAT'S stupid.
  • Rocky Somkey ... 2012/09/05 22:54:32 (edited)
    Rocky
    Sorry - he is stupid! A male Sarah Palin!
  • Somkey ... Rocky 2012/09/06 21:51:49
    Somkey the Hores
    Still quantum smarter than Biden.
  • Rocky Somkey ... 2012/09/06 23:33:35
    Rocky
    Probably but what can we do???? Romney isn't a rocket scientist. We have to pick the lesser of the evils!!!
  • Somkey ... Rocky 2012/09/07 00:52:25
    Somkey the Hores
    The lesser of two evils is STILL evil.
  • Dickens 2012/08/31 01:16:48
    Dickens
    ...you know what I was wondering; where is the republican darling "W"?? I hear them tell me what a great president he was (yes, of course I know better!) so shouldn't he be making a lot of noise for the repub nominee since he's a great republican elder statesman now? Hmmm...
  • WGN 2012/08/31 01:13:11
    WGN
    The problem is that there are people who fail to investigate what is true and what is not. We tend to have an undereducated electorate, especially in the states with the lowest high school test scores (the southern red ones) and believe that anything a GOP right winger says MUST be true.
    Ryan is just another arrogant empty suit, out of touch with what the country needs and full of himself.
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/07 00:53:43
    Somkey the Hores
    And Obama is not?
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/07 03:09:08 (edited)
    WGN
    All politicians are liars. I never said that Obama wasn't.
    What I did say was that Ryan's speech was so far over the top in non-truths that is was just ridiculous. Are the Republicans so desperate that they need a guy like that saying things that most of them know are not true just to please/arouse them?
    So, if we stick to the question- Yes, Ryan's speech was full of it- BS that is, GOP tea.
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/07 14:54:32
    Somkey the Hores
    Prove it.
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/07 16:04:18
    WGN
    I would just post a copy of his speech (if I had it) because thaat document is all he proof that anyone (with an ounce of common sense) would need!

    But then again, I don't think that you would qualify!
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/07 18:16:36
    Somkey the Hores
    What makes you qualified to judge? Knee-jerk moonbatics don't count.
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/07 22:23:12
    WGN
    Living through the end of the 1940's to today, and knowing what is true and what is not true. Politics always makes liars out of honest men, but in the GOP's case, they were never honest to begin with.
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/08 13:59:58
    Somkey the Hores
    You are projecting. Dems use lying, voter fraud, murder as SOP.
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/08 15:32:44
    WGN
    No, I am objectively looking at history, and I caution you to do the same!
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/10 12:36:35
    Somkey the Hores
    Half of writing history is hiding the truth, Everything you know is wrong.
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/10 15:50:08
    WGN
    So, that would mean that you know nothing!
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/10 21:37:40
    Somkey the Hores
    You make no sense. But who's surprised?
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/11 00:10:00
    WGN
    I will spell it out for you!
    It really is quite simple!
    If half of writing is hiding the truth, and you believe what is written, then you only know half of what is going on.
    Since I do know the truth and can do the research to find the truth, and that half that you believe to be true really isn't, then you know nothing. 1/2-1/2 =0

    The half that you claim to know has no basis in fact!
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/12 13:40:51
    Somkey the Hores
    How do you know what I believe? You assume WAY too much.
    When you assume, you make an ass out of Ume, and that makes you a racist.
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/12 14:41:24
    WGN
    Give it a rest!
    What you present here has little basis in fact. You just repeat the inane GOP conservative rhetoric, unaware or ignorant of the facts that conservative economic policies have caused long term harm to the economy, yet you want to perpetuate the myth that tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs, that outsourcing and NAFTA are good for American workers, that deregulation of the banks did not lead to the housing crisis and that Romney actually knows anything about how to fix the economy! And Ryan is right along side of him with lies that he states as fact.
    I am not racist, I do know what the Romney Ryan ticket will bring, and it is more of the same thing that Bush did that got us into this mess in the first place.

    No thanks, but the sad thing is that they have to lie to try and get votes!
    And sadder yet is that you believe them and pass their lies along as fact.
  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/12 15:51:28 (edited)
  • WGN Somkey ... 2012/09/12 16:16:09
    WGN
    We (the posters on the subject) already have. Go back up the chain to posts just below my first post and you will find a list. But hear is a sample from FOX news, the news cheerleaders for the GOP:

    You can skip right to the decieving and distracting parts-

    "...At least a quarter of Americans still don’t know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.

    So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life.

    To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together. On this measure, Mitt Romney has been catastrophically struggling and with his speech, Ryan humanized himself and presumably by extension, the top of the ticket.

    Deceiving

    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 recor...































    We (the posters on the subject) already have. Go back up the chain to posts just below my first post and you will find a list. But hear is a sample from FOX news, the news cheerleaders for the GOP:

    You can skip right to the decieving and distracting parts-

    "...At least a quarter of Americans still don’t know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.

    So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life.

    To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together. On this measure, Mitt Romney has been catastrophically struggling and with his speech, Ryan humanized himself and presumably by extension, the top of the ticket.

    Deceiving

    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.

    Distracting

    And then there’s what Ryan didn’t talk about.

    Ryan didn’t mention his extremist stance on banning all abortions with no exception for rape or incest, a stance that is out of touch with 75% of American voters.

    Ryan didn’t mention his previous plan to hand over Social Security to Wall Street.

    Ryan didn’t mention his numerous votes to raise spending and balloon the deficit when George W. Bush was president.

    Ryan didn’t mention how his budget would eviscerate programs that help the poor and raise taxes on 95% of Americans in order to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires even further and increase — yes, increase —the deficit.

    These aspects of Ryan’s resume and ideology are sticky to say the least. He would have been wise to tackle them head on and try and explain them away in his first real introduction to voters. But instead of Ryan airing his own dirty laundry, Democrats will get the chance.

    At the end of his speech, Ryan quoted his dad, 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."

    Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a much larger problem for himself and his running mate."

    What don't you get?
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  • Somkey ... WGN 2012/09/13 14:15:18
    Somkey the Hores
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  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/08/30 23:40:21 (edited)
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +3
    They have nothing to offer but lies. Another good article.

    republican lies
  • Somkey ... CAROLYN... 2012/09/07 00:54:38
    Somkey the Hores
    It's called projection. Dems has it. (Yes, I know...)
  • fisherman 2012/08/30 23:12:23
    fisherman
    +2
    how does five lies stack up against four years of lies ...but its ok when dear leader lies eh ? show me a politician that dont lie and i will show you a dead politcian .
  • bob h. 2012/08/30 21:30:01
    bob h.
    +1
    Look at the blank faces in the cheap seats at the RNC. Does anyone look like they're going to figure any of this out.
  • Somkey ... bob h. 2012/09/07 00:55:09
    Somkey the Hores
    Look in the mirror.
  • bob h. Somkey ... 2012/09/16 02:17:27
    bob h.
    They looked a lot like your avatar.
  • Somkey ... bob h. 2012/09/16 02:22:48
    Somkey the Hores
    Gimme a kiss, hippie!
    gimme kiss hippie
  • freebirdie 2012/08/30 21:28:10
    freebirdie
    +5
    FYI--
    1) Obama went to that plant in 2008 and PROMISED the people he would make it stay open. The plant closed AFTER he bailed out GM. Nice try, but Ryan is right.
    2) http://www.foxnews.com/opinio...
    This was too interesting all the way through to copy just bits and pieces of. btw.. he sites govt source as his info. In case you don't read it, just know that it says all the money went to democrat controlled states and not the poorest ones as he promised. (DAMN, those pesky promises he just can't keep!)
    3) But, but but..where's the jobs? Why is unemployment still well above 8% (actually really about 17% but let's not bother with that bit of truth! It will come out much later when things look better after fiscally conservative republicans are elected, repeal the monstrosity of HC and fix other things.)
    4) wsj: "Mr. Adelson's efforts to shake up S&P; from the firm's New York headquarters came as lawmakers were hammering out legislation to revamp the rating industry. The July 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul act sought to put in place new controls for the credit-rating industry." wsj article about Adelson and his S&P; role, his goofs and his 'firing'. The republican ed house was trying to pass more cuts but democrats WOULDN'T and still won't cut anything. They'd rather RAISE ...


    FYI--
    1) Obama went to that plant in 2008 and PROMISED the people he would make it stay open. The plant closed AFTER he bailed out GM. Nice try, but Ryan is right.
    2) http://www.foxnews.com/opinio...
    This was too interesting all the way through to copy just bits and pieces of. btw.. he sites govt source as his info. In case you don't read it, just know that it says all the money went to democrat controlled states and not the poorest ones as he promised. (DAMN, those pesky promises he just can't keep!)
    3) But, but but..where's the jobs? Why is unemployment still well above 8% (actually really about 17% but let's not bother with that bit of truth! It will come out much later when things look better after fiscally conservative republicans are elected, repeal the monstrosity of HC and fix other things.)
    4) wsj: "Mr. Adelson's efforts to shake up S&P; from the firm's New York headquarters came as lawmakers were hammering out legislation to revamp the rating industry. The July 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul act sought to put in place new controls for the credit-rating industry." wsj article about Adelson and his S&P; role, his goofs and his 'firing'. The republican ed house was trying to pass more cuts but democrats WOULDN'T and still won't cut anything. They'd rather RAISE YOUR TAXES than cut useless and wasteful spending. Passing ObamaCare happened in 2010..republicans were not in control until january 2011..they couldn't get anything passed because the dems wouldn't work with them. It Bush was at the helm, you would be blaming him. You still are! Are you so busy blaming others that you're not even looking at what your guys is NOT doing? COME ON!
    5) If you look at what Obama's ideology is (Progressive), he certainly is. He's definitely not a capitalist now is he? And capitalism is proven and works!

    Don't bother replying. I know I will only be met with hate and I'm not interested in reading it. Have a good day.
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  • cesspool freebirdie 2012/08/31 03:56:54
    cesspool
    +3
    let me thank you for pointing out the liberal lies before someone insults you.
  • Idiot repubs 2012/08/30 20:50:58
    Idiot repubs
    +2
    Excellent article.
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/08/30 20:47:55
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +1
    Lies ,lies. Ryan is a good guy thats why you try so hard to make up trash on Romney and Ryan.

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