Top 10 Paul Ryan Lies
by Juan Cole, Informed Comment (edited)

This year’s Republican campaign may be the most dishonest in history. In honest political debate, when a candidate says something that may not true, he is confronted by journalists and the public, and either gives evidence that it is true, or backs off. Ryan continues to insist on repeating known falsehoods, to the extent that even FOX News lamented his dishonesty.

Voters need to ask who Ryan represents. It's clearly people who make a million dollars a year or more. Everything he says is intended to produce policy that benefits them, and which hurts working people. Millionaires don’t like having to pay for government-provided infrastructure, or health care for workers. The rest of us like driving on roads without potholes, over bridges that don’t fall down, and not being bankrupted when we need an operation. Since most Americans would be crazy to vote for policies that only benefit the top 1%, Ryan tries to appeal to workers with religion (banning abortion). He has to get people on his side who would be hurt by his policies. And that requires that he simply lie to them.

So here are ten of his biggest whoppers:

LIE #1. Ryan blamed the US credit rating downgrade on President Obama. But it was caused by the Republican Congress’s threat not to raise the debt ceiling. So the fault for the downgrade from AAA to AA belongs with… Paul Ryan.

LIE #2. Ryan continues to claim that President Obama said business owners did not build their own businesses. But what Obama actually said is that business owners benefit from government infrastructure and programs, which they did not build. No small business owner has built an inter-state highway or bridge, but those are the means whereby their goods get to market. 

LIE #3. Ryan depicts Obamacare as a Socialist takeover of healthcare. But it's nearly identical to what Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, enacted in Massachusetts in 2006. And bears almost no resemblance to the truly socialized healthcare practiced in most other developed countries.

LIE #4. In a display of shameless hypocrisy, Ryan slammed President Obama for not implementing the deficit-cutting measures recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission. But Ryan himself voted against Simpson-Bowles, and was in fact instrumental in sabotaging the commission.

LIE #5. Ryan keeps attacking President Obama’s stimulus program, insisting that government stimulus doesn't work. But in 2009, Ryan asked for $20 million in stimulus money from Obama for companies in his district, then he blatantly lied by repeatedly denying he requested the funds.

LIE #6. Ryan blamed President Obama for the closure of a GM auto plant in Janesville that actually closed in late 2008 under George W. Bush. 

LIE #7. He also claims Obama promised to keep the plant open when he visited during his campaign. But Obama never made any such promise. Ryan’s running mate, Mitt Romney, opposed Obama’s actual auto bailout, which was a great success and returned Detroit to profitability.

LIE #8. Paul Ryan charges that Barack Obama has ‘stolen’ $716 billion from medicare for his Obamacare. In fact, these expense reductions do not cut Medicare benefits at all. And, moreover, Romney and Ryan supported these reductions! The difference is that they would give the savings as tax breaks to the rich, whereas Obama uses them to cover the uninsured.

LIE #9. Ryan claimed in his Convention speech that only the GOP have produced a debt reduction plan and Obama has no plan of his own. Wrong again. Here's Obama's debt reduction plan:
You don’t have to like it but Ryan is lying when he says it doesn’t exist.

LIE #10. Ryan states “President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him.”  But the vast majority of this debt was due either to the Bush tax cuts or the continuing Iraq/Afghanistan wars, and only a tiny sliver due to the stimulus and other recovery measures. It is extremely misleading to imply that Obama’s policies are primarily responsible for the size of the debt.

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  • Tim Sager
    commented 2012-10-13 18:04:54 -0500
    Mr. Brown
    Your responses seem to be long on opinion and short on facts.

    Lie #1 fact: Look at who the S&P blames in its statement:
    “Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act. Key macroeconomic assumptions in the base case scenario include trend real GDP growth of 3% and consumer price inflation near 2% annually over the decade.”

    “S&P downgraded the U.S., in part, because of a revised expectation that the Bush tax cuts would remain in place. They assumed this because of Republicans’ unwillingness to enact any measures raising revenue, and they completely slammed House Republicans — including Paul Ryan — for doing so.”

    Lie #2 fact: "RYAN: “I’m proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business — you did build that.”

    THE FACTS: Ryan, like Romney and scores of Republicans in recent weeks, has used comments Obama made at July 13 campaign appearance in Virginia against him. But the rhetorical jab takes Obama out of context. Republicans have seized on only part of Obama’s quote — “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” — but the full quote makes clear Obama is talking about the conditions that help businesses and individuals succeed, such as teachers and infrastructure.

    The more complete quote from Obama: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” [AP, 8/12/12, via CBS News] "
    LMAO! I just read #3 again. Those socialists sure are scary. So I just took about 40 minutes to check the first two Lies and they seem to indeed be lies. if you can post some facts that prove differently I’d love to see them.

    Unfortunately also a taxpayer.
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