Just 6 of Ryan's Convention Lies:
Lie: Obama's cutting 716 million from
Truth: 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 eight years. According to the
Medicare Actuary, "[Obama's] Affordable Care Act
changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its
Actuaries estimate that Romney/Ryan's policies will
shrink the life of the Medicare trust fund from
2024 to 2016.
Ryan 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.2,3
Repealing Obamacare would
increase the deficit by
$109 billion from 2013 to 2022 and take away coverage from
more than 30 million Americans.
President Obama didn't save a General Motors plant in Wisconsin.
Truth: First, Obama wasn't even in
office when the GM plant closed. Second, Obama never made a
promise to save it.4
The American People were cut out of the Stimulus.
More than 25 percent of stimulus dollars went to provide
tax relief for workers. The nonpartisan Joint
Committee on Taxation calculated
that about $230 billion of the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided tax relief. Much of
that money, about $116 billion, funded the
Work Pay tax credit for workers. In 2009 and 2010, the credit
up to $400 to individuals earning up to $75,000, and gave up to $800 to
couples earning up to $150,000.
Paul Ryan supported the
stimulus when Bush
Here’s the video. About
million jobs were saved or created by the stimulus.
President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan Deficit Commission.
Truth: Paul Ryan actually sat on that
commission. And he led Republicans in voting down the commission's
own recommendation. So the commission never gave a report to Obama,
because Ryan himself voted to kill the report before it could.5
Don’t be fooled.
Ryan voted to add
$6.8 trillion to the debt during his time in the House and
proposed a budget plan that would
make the debt even worse.
President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S.
Truth: House Republicans, including Paul Ryan, held the full faith
and credit of the United States hostage to try to ransom it for
trillions of dollars in cuts to social programs without increasing
taxes on the wealthy one dime. Standard & Poor's 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 nation's credit
rating was downgraded.6,7 the ratings agency
repeatedly blamed Republicans who
held the debt ceiling hostage, causing America’s creditors to
lose faith and downgrade the country.
6. Lie: Ryan
wants to "protect the weakest amongst us"
Truth: Ryan's biggest feat in his
political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to
programs that otherwise benefited 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 that he could give more tax
breaks to the rich.8
His budget would drastically
programs the weakest would rely on. Religious leaders have
described Ryan’s budget as a “immoral
disaster” that “robs the poor.” At the same time, it gives the
rich and corporations
$3 trillion in tax breaks. He asks “where
is Obama’s jobs bill?”
It’s right here,
Ryan. Now where is yours?
Why the United States is laughed at
why no solutions to our problems can come from a Republican
John Shimkus of Illinois is
the chairman of a subcommittee that oversees issues related to
climate change, and a climate-change denier.
At a 2009 hearing, Shimkus
said not to worry about a fatally dyspeptic planet:
signs have yet to properly align. “The earth
will end only when God declares it to be over,” he said,
and then he
went on to quote Genesis at some length. It’s worth repeating:
This guy is the chairman.
|On the same committee is an
oil-company tool, Rep Joe L. Barton
of Texas. You may remember Barton
as the politician who apologized to the head of BP in 2010
after the government dared to insist that the company pay for
those whose livelihoods were ruined by the gulf oil spill.
Barton cited the Almighty in questioning energy from wind
turbines. Careful, he warned, “wind is God’s
way of balancing heat.” Clean energy, he said, “would
slow the winds down” and thus could make it hotter.
“You can’t regulate God!”
Barton barked at the House
speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in the midst of discussion on
measures to curb global warming.
Jack Kingston of Georgia,
is an evolution denier, apparently because he can’t see the indent
where his ancestors’ monkey tail used to be. “Where’s
the missing link?” he said in 2011. “I
just want to know what it is.” He serves on a committee
that oversees education.
In his party,
Kingston is in the majority. A
Gallup poll in June found that
58 percent of Republicans believe god created humans within
the last 10,000 years.
|Another Georgia congressman,
Paul Broun, introduced the
legislation in the House — backed by Akin
and Representative Paul Ryan —
that would have given a fertilized egg the same constitutional
protections as a fully developed human being.
Broun is on the same Science,
Space and Technology Committee that
Akin is. Yes, science is part of their purview.
a planet straight
out of science fiction
|Republican heavyweights have since
told Akin that uttering
nonsense about sperm-killing powers of a
woman who’s been raped is not good for the party’s image.
But where are these fact-enforcers on the other craziness
professed by their party?
if he stays in the race, may still win the Senate seat in
|Remember the crazy statement of
A vaccine, designed to prevent a virus
linked to cervical cancer, could cause mental retardation,
she proclaimed. Bachmann knew
this, she insisted, because some random lady
told her so at a campaign event. Fearful of the genuine
damage Bachmann’s assertion
could do to public health, the American Academy of Pediatrics
promptly rushed out a notice, saying, “there
is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement.”
Nor is there reputable scientific validity to those who deny that
the globe’s climate is changing for the worse. But
Bachmann calls that authoritative
consensus a hoax, and faces no
censure from her party.
Bachmann, who makes things
up on a regular basis, is a leader of the Tea Party caucus
in Congress and, in an unintended joke, a member of the
Committee on Intelligence
None of these folks are without power; they
govern, and have significant followings. Somebody help us!
All the lies from the Republican Convention
Where the secret money -- funds campaigns
ONLY if Republicans have pledged not to raise taxes.
Some of Romney's Serious Omissions
non-existent plan for America, his big acceptance
speech was a huge disappointment. The country’s most pressing
problems were omitted and how a Romney-Ryan administration would
solve them. Here’s the serious omissions from Romney’s speech:
mentions of Financial Reform:
Even as millions of Americans struggle with the effects of the
Great Recession caused by Wall Street malfeasance and scores of
others continue to deal with the fallout of the foreclosure
fraud scandal, Romney has said that he will
repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, but has yet
to detail what, if anything, he would put in its place.
mentions of Climate Change:
“President Obama promised to begin to slow
the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said
to loud laughter. It’s too bad that he and most of the GOP
don’t believe in the
very real threat of global warming.
mentions of Immigration: “We
are a nation of immigrants,” Romney said, without explaining how
he would help the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the
United States. Romney has not said if he would rescind Obama’s
temporary directive permitting young undocumented immigrants to
work in the country, though his advisers have suggested that
mentions of Afghanistan or Syria:
Romney did not mention how he planned to address the nation’s
largest ongoing wars or one of the most important ongoing
humanitarian crises on Earth. This may be because the Romney
campaign has been
unable to meaningfully distinguish its policies from those
of the Obama administration on either of these crucial issues.
mentions of Social Security:
Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, has proposed
Social Security privatization schemes that would have cost
retirees dearly if they had been in place during the financial
mention of Medicare:
Romney criticized Obama for supposedly cutting $716 billion from
Medicare — reductions that are also included in Paul Ryan’s
budget. But he did not explain his own controversial reforms or
mention that his “premium support” plan would force seniors to
spend significantly more for health
care. Romney promised to repeal
Obamacare, but did not say what
he would replace it with.
mention of Housing: Romney
did say, “when the realtor told you that to sell your house
you’d have to take a big loss” — but that’s all. The
Federal Reserve bank of New York
millions of Americans will face
foreclosure this year and next, but Romney has yet to
release a housing plan,
beyond telling homeowners in foreclosure-battered Las Vegas “don’t
try and stop the foreclosure process,”
just “let it run its course and hit the bottom.”
1. "Fact check: Paul Ryan at the RNC,"
USA Today, August 30, 2012
Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on
Boston Globe, August 18,
Medicare Plan Would Cost 29-Year-Olds
$331,200: Report," Huffington Post, August
4. "Paul Ryan
Misleads With GM Plant Closure Tale,"
Huffington Post, August 29, 2012
Check: Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel's
spending cut plan,"
August 30, 2012
5 Fibs In Paul Ryan's Convention Speech,"
Memo, August 30, 2012
7. "Paul Ryan
Address: Convention Speech Built On
Demonstrably Misleading Assertions,"
Huffington Post, August 30, 2012
8. "4 Ways Paul
Ryan's Budget Would Devastate The Poor,"
August 17, 2012