Disdain for the population to plead for their votes.

Salon has a breakdown of some of the biggest whoppers that escape Paul Ryan’s lips the other night (during the talk that even FOX News had to admit was dishonest).

  • GM plant —  Ryan: blamed Obama for the closing of GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis. Truth: One of the biggest whoppers of the night; the plant closed before Obama was even sworn into office. His position also contradicts the Republicans’ position of opposing President Obama’s auto rescue.
  • Stimulus — Ryan: “The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.” Truth: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the stimulus created 3.3 million jobs. Four out of five economists agree. Ryan himself wrote letters requesting stimulus money, then lied about it.
  • Medicare — Ryan: “Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.” Truth: As we’ve pointed out many times, Obamacare doesn’t raid Medicare and Ryan’s plan would do a lot more to ruin Medicare. One of the biggest lies of the campaign.
  • Obamacare — Ryan: “You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover…” Truth: Politifact called the “government takeover” of healthcare meme their “lie of the year” in 2010.
  • Jobs — Ryan: “We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.” Truth: An almost impossible goal.
  • Debt — Ryan: “The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government.” Truth: A false choice. There is no evidence suggesting that decreasing the size of government would grow the economy; in fact, it may hurt by killing government and contractor jobs. And much of the debt is due to Bush policies that Ryan voted for, like the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Simpson-Bowles commission — Ryan: “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.” Truth: Ryan sat on that commission, and, as chairman of the Budget Committee was a leader on it. He voted against the commission’s recommendations, bringing all the other Republicans along with him.
  • Credit downgrade — Ryan: Obama “began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.” When Standard & Poors downgraded the country’s sovereign debt rating in 2011, they said that it was because Republican lawmakers had taken the nation’s debt ceiling hostage (something Ryan supported doing) and because “the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues” (another position Ryan maintains).
  • Poor — Ryan: “We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Truth: About two-thirds of the cuts in Ryan’s budget proposal come from programs the benefit poor people, such as food stamps. Meanwhile, he calls for tax cuts for the wealthy.

Now don’t get me wrong, Barack Obama promised a transparent administration that has turned out to be extremely opaque.  But in the case of Paul Ryan, we have a flagrant and unapologetic liar.  Not only that, his lies are easily detectible, which means he’s counting on the audience to be dumb or to not read the news or to not fact check.  This not only says a tremendous amount about Ryan, but it says a tremendous amount about what he thinks of the American people (primarily, the Republican base he was addressing).

Combine that with Mitt Romney’s recent refusal to answer certain policy questions in interviews and you have the foundation for a dishonest, obfuscating administration that treats the American people like idiots.

  • anteprepro

    “Combine that with Mitt Romney’s recent refusal to answer certain policy questions in interviews and you have the foundation for a dishonest, obfuscating administration that treats the American people like idiots.”

    But the subset of the American people that make up their base of supporters ARE idiots. The fact that they use that to their advantage is just Politics As Usual.

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Ani J. Sharmin

    This is why I find it ridiculous when Republican politicians say that wanting to increase access to education for those who want it is elitist. They’re the ones being elitist and talking down to everyone else, trying to manipulate them/us.

  • christinastephens

    “Ryan: “We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Truth: About two-thirds of the cuts in Ryan’s budget proposal come from programs the benefit poor people, such as food stamps.”

    Of course this is true. You just have to understand that “protecting the weak” means taking away their safety nets so that they can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and learn to make their own living instead of sucking on the government teat.

    Give a man a fish, etc.

    End sarcasm.

    • anteprepro

      Nah, simpler than that. “Weak” means poor, defenseless fetuses. “Strong” means anyone stronger and less defenseless than a fetus. Poor people are just as “strong” as Rich people by this metric. BAM!

      I can haz position in Republican party now?

  • ottod

    Hey! New digs! I brought a housewarming gift, but I couldn’t figure out how to upload it.

    There’s a line out there (apologies to the author) that I remember as something like, “..consider the intelligence of the average person. Now, remember that half of the people are dumber than that.” Will anyone notice the lies? Of course! Will anyone that matters? Heck, comes right down to it, does Ryan even know he lied? When you’re completely buzzed on righteousness, anything that pops into your head seems real. Maybe we should consider decriminalizing drugs and outlawing righteous fervor.

    • Anonymous

      No, I am fine with righteous fervor, specifically religious fervor. I just don’t want it choosing the next SCOTUS members, thanks.

    • Nox

      I think you’re referring to George Carlin’s line, “Think of how stupid the average person is, then realize half of them are stupider than that”.

  • Ted Seeber

    This is also why I, as a pro-life Catholic (consistent ethic of life) feel like I can’t vote for Republicans any more than I can vote for Democrats. Ryan cut the biggest pro-life program the federal government has out of his budget (WIC) and replaced it with a block grant to states. He also replaced TANF and SNAP, the two programs that allow the working poor access to child care services.

    How is that supposed to be a pro-life answer to a poor woman who can’t afford to have another child?

    Well, that and the past 40 years has taught me that while for Democrats, killing the unfit seems to be at the top of their agenda, for Republicans pro-life maybe comes in at number 42, behind the need to execute the mentally ill in Texas.


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