Editor’s note: For a man who touts Midwestern values and earnestness, VP candidate Paul Ryan “is a liar at heart,” AlterNet is reporting. Others are reaching the same conclusions. It’s an ongoing problem in politics — in our national and local races. Richard Nixon lied to the nation about Watergate; Bill Clinton lied about a sexual affair. Voters need to sort this out without getting too emotional. Most of the time, they do just that — and the lier loses.
“Paul Ryan gave a feisty anti-Obama speech that will have fact-checkers working for days. His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning,” according to Salon.
“But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.
“He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars, tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and TARP.
“And of course, he riffed on the tired central lie of the GOP convention: that the president said ‘government gets the credit’ for small businesses, not the business owners themselves.
“Other than that, it was a great speech.”
The rest of the article is here.
•Paul Ryan repeats Auto Bailout, Medicare lies — from U.S. News and World Report — is here.
•°”The top 10 repeated Paul Ryan lies” is here.
•”PoliFact” examines one of the lies — about the closing of a GM plant in Ryan’s hometown — here.
An ethics guide to lying, from the BBC, is here.
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