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August 30, 2012

In his speech (watch excerpts) to the Repub convention, Paul Ryan…

“blamed Obama for ‘more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.’ But seriously? Here’s where that deficit came from: Bush tax cuts and Bush wars. Which Paul Ryan voted for.”

“…claimed that Obama ‘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.’ In fact, the Simpson-Bowles debt commission never issued an official report—in part because Paul Ryan, who sat on the commission, voted against it because he and his fellow Republicans opposed raising taxes on the rich to increase revenue and reduce the debt.”

“…repeated his claims that President Obama raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare, that ‘An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for.’ In reality, of course, Obama’s cuts did not affect Medicare benefits, and Ryan’s budget, the cornerstone of his reputation as a serious policy thinker, has the exact same cutsAnd then some. Ryan would weaken Medicare for everyone, even the people whose benefits he says he wouldn’t touch, and basically kill it off for people under 55 now.”

“…only lied about the credit rating downgrade by implication, not directly, saying Obama’s presidency ‘began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America [an prevaricating phrase, in itself]’. The only way this statement can cling to truth is by parsing the sentence so fine we see that he’s not directly saying in so many words that Obama was responsible for this state of affairs, just that it happened during his presidency. But we know that’s not what Ryan was saying. He was blaming it on Obama, loud and clear, and that’s a lie. The truth—that congressional Republicans brought the United States close to a default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, leading Standard & Poors to downgrade the U.S.—has to do with Obama only in that Republicans brought on that crisis because they hoped it would help them defeat Obama this year. It was a set-up for Paul Ryan to say the words he said last night, and they risked the country’s economy for it.”  [Note:  “because…it” is conjecture, but there is much evidence to support it.]”

[This is from the actual, credit rating statement from Standard & Poors:  “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.“]

And then there’s the matter of what appears to me to be hypocritical misrepresentation:

“Perhaps the biggest lie Paul Ryan told, though, was about his own intentions and those of Mitt Romney.

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. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.

There’s nothing to argue with in that paragraph. They’re fine words. They’re also the exact opposite of what Ryan and Romney would do. [This is] just the beginning of the damage Ryan would do not just to those who are poor or vulnerable now but to people who are getting by with some struggle now and would become unemployed thanks to…Ryan….”

Quoted material from Daily Kos (my bolds).

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