Republican Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave an electrifying speech that brought the house down at the Republican Convention Wednesday. The speech was so eloquent it could overshadow Mitt Romney’s speech tonight.
Congressman Ryan pulled out a bundle of sharpened knives and carved the President into cat-food sized morsels to wild standing cheers from the partisan crowd. Ryan blamed every malady in the world, real or imagined, on Obama and absolved the Republican Congress and himself from any blame whatsoever for anything.
While Ryan carved up the President, he also did butchered facts and history. Independent fact checkers reviewed his speech and found that only 2 of his claims were true, but 6 were false, and 3 more were misleading.
One mistruth is his charge that the GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin was closed under Obama’s watch. The truth is the plant was closed down under Bush before Obama took office. Ryan knows that, he lives there.
Ryan fired up the crowd by repeating the Romney/Ryan lie about welfare. Romney falsely accuses Obama of removing the work requirement from welfare. There is not a scintilla of truth to that. Every fact checker and President Clinton have called this charge blatantly false.
Ryan, the father of the privatization of Medicare and sire of the voucher system, revised history saying that he and Mitt Romney would “save” Medicare but Obama wants to destroy it. He accused the President of “raiding Medicare to pay for massive entitlement that “no one asked for” referring to Obamacare.
The facts are that Republicans tried to kill Medicare when Lyndon Johnson pushed it through Congress in 1965. Republicans have tried over and over to repeal it. When they failed to repeal it, they decided to privatize it.
Republicans use code words about “entitlements” saying they make Americans “dependent on big government.” Ryan Wednesday brought up “dependency on entitlements” several times while looking directly into the camera saying he and Mitt would save Medicare after he tried twice to kill it.
Ryan totally lied again about that $716 billion dollars that Romney and Ryan say Obama “stole from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.” The truth is that not one cent seniors paid into Medicare was, or will be, taken out. That statement is a lie.
The truth is that over the next 10 years, the bill will reduce costs by eliminating waste and fraud, and reducing subsidies to insurance companies. The savings will be used to extend the life of Medicare by 8 years, and give additional benefits to seniors including closing the gap in the drug benefit saving seniors $600 a year, and giving seniors free cancer screenings and other preventative check ups.
Ryan did not tell the crowd that his budget also took that same savings out of Medicare but he did not give the money to seniors, he gave it to tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. That was his plan he introduced in congress twice.
Romney’s plan is to give that same $716 billion money back to insurance companies and pad the profits of hospitals and nursing homes. They call that “helping seniors.” He thinks corporations are people, apparantly old people. The fact is it does nothing for the seniors who will pay an additional $600 on prescriptions, and pay for preventative screenings.
Ryan heaped blistering attacks on Obama for the millions who are out of work. He absolves Republicans of any blame. He is trying to run as an outsider when he has been in Washington DC since his early twenties. He forgot he is a member of Congress, and a committee chairman.
Why did Ryan and his party in Congress do nothing to fix the economy or create jobs during the last four years? Why did they say no to every single jobs bill the President sent up to Congress?
The reason they did nothing is they wanted to be able to deliver speeches like this one. Ryan was content to do nothing to fix the economy and then blame it all on Obama. It is like someone making their child sick just so they can cure him. There is a medical term for that behavior.
Ryan brought the house down with false and misleading rhetoric reminiscent of all the barn burning speeches we heard a decade ago about weapons of mass destruction. Look how that worked out.
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