Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee:
Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.
And when he wasn’t attacking Obama, Ryan was puffing up the record of his running mate, Mitt Romney, on taxes and unemployment.
Click the link and read the details – if you can stomach them. I stopped paying any attention to what Republican candidates for president were saying back during Nixon’s first shot at it.
He got worse on his return; but, the Republican commitment to racism in an era of dynamic civil rights change both for Blacks and women – brought him to power. His criminal pursuits had time to flourish and provide an object lesson to American voters that lasted for a little while.
But, then, the era of Reagan and voodoo Reaganomics proved once again that a big enough lie – repeated loudly enough and frequently – is sufficient to delude an appropriate number of voters. I hope you don’t think education levels were growing in depth and breadth back then. Or since.
Now, with the advent of the Madison Avenue types like Karl Rove, Wall Street money boys like the Koch Bros – the .50-calibre shotgun approach is out in full force. Hopefully, outfits like factcheck.org reach enough people to compensate for the million of dollars spent on local TV advertising. The biggest lies on prime time television since imitation Viagra hit the streets.
So, like Rumpelstiltskin hustling the King and his daughter, those who watched Paul Ryan, last night, were treated to an evil cellar dweller bragging that he could spin straw into gold. Where’s a Grimm when you need one?