Sunday, September 16, 2012


ACTUALLY..... In Paul Ryan's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he said:  "you are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near".  He followed this with "Here is our pledge:  We will not duck the tough issues -  we will lead". If Mr. Ryan and Mitt Romney truly want the voters to make an undisputed choice, then they have to be more positive in exactly what their unequivocal choice is.  They need to decisively tell the American people what they would do and HOW they would accomplish it.

Their choice was not on Mr. Ryan's agenda. Instead he talked about his personal life growing up in a small town, gave a little testimonial to his running mate, and then went on to a misleading indictment of President Obama as being a threat to American freedom.  He claimed the presidents vision is "a government-planned life, where everything is free but us".  That little statement did nothing but insult voters who know better.  Here's a list of 5 lies that Ryan told that night.

1. Lie:  President Obama is the "greatest threat" to Medicare.
Obama didn't make any cuts to Medicare benefits, he made cuts to provider reimbursements, to improve cost efficiency and extend the fiscal security of Medicare by 8 years.  Truth:  Ryan actually does want to cut benefits.  He proposed dismantling Medicare and replacing it with a voucher system, leaving millions of seniors to come up with more money to pay for care out of pocket.
2.  Lie:  President Obama didn't save a General Motors plant in Wisconsin.  Truth:  Obama wasn't even in office when the GM plant closed. 
3.  Lie:  President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan debt commission.  Truth:  Ryan sat on that commission, and he led Republicans in voting down the commission's own recommendation.  The commission never gave a report to Obama, because Ryan himself voted to kill the report before it could reach the president.
4.  Lie:  President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. Credit Rating.  Truth:  Ryan and the House Republicans held the full faith and credit of the U.S. hostage to try to ransom it for trillions of dollars in cuts to social programs without increasing taxes on the wealthy.  Standard & Poors said specifically, "We have changed our assumption on revenue because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues".  That's why our nations credit was downgraded.
5.  Lie:  Ryan wants to protect the "weak".  Truth:  Ryan's biggest feat in his political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to programs benefiting the poor.  He'd cut Medicaid by one third, take away health care insurance from 30 million Americans, and cut Pell Grants for 1 million students.  All so he could give more tax breaks to the rich.

Ryan is determined to dismantle Social Security (which he wants to privatize) and Medicare (which he wants to replace with a voucher system, meaning, you get to fend for yourself against private insurance companies that will charge you a few thousand dollars a month for really bad insurance).

What's interesting, is that Social Security helped Paul Ryan go to college and make him the man he is today (which in my opinion is not good). Paul Ryan benefited from the largesse of big liberal government. Government that he now wants to take away from the rest of us.
From the age of 16, when his 55-year-old father died of a heart attack, until he was 18, Ryan received Social Security payments, which, he put away for college. The eventual budget czar attended Miami University in Ohio to earn a B.A. in economics and political science, and landed a congressional internship as a junior.  He didn't finish college but still accepted the payments.
Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee, is still not discussing his plan on the campaign trail.  "At it's core, it provides another round of tax cuts for people like Romney and companies like Bain Capital at the expense of everybody in America.  At the expense of seniors on Medicare, at the expense of middle-class taxpayers, at the expense of investments and education and infrastructure and things necessary to help power our economy.  Romney and Ryan are hiding the consequences of their plan from he American people".