Follow Population Alert on


Just 6 of  Ryan's Convention Lies:

1. Lie: Obama's cutting 716 million from Medicare.

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 makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook."1Medicare's 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.

2. Lie: 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

3. Lie: 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 Making Work Pay tax credit for workers. In 2009 and 2010, the credit gave 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 proposed it. Here’s the video. About 3.3 million jobs were saved or created by the stimulus.

4. Lie: 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. 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.

5. Lie: President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. Credit Rating.

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 cut the 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?

http://factcheck.org/2012/08/ryans-vp-spin/

 

                 Why the United States is laughed at globally, and
        why no solutions to our problems can come from a Republican Majority.

Representative 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: the biblical 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.

House Republican 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 so-called Personhood 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?

Akin, if he stays in the race, may still win the Senate seat in Missouri. .

 

Remember the crazy statement of Michele Bachmann? 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

Mitt Romney’s 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:

0 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.

0 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 delegates don’t believe in the very real threat of global warming.

0 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 he would.

0 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.

0 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 crisis.

1 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.

1 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 anticipates that 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
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279602&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=8

2. "Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney," The Boston Globe, August 18, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279597&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=9

3. "Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Would Cost 29-Year-Olds $331,200: Report," Huffington Post, August 27, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279596&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=10

4. "Paul Ryan Misleads With GM Plant Closure Tale," Huffington Post, August 29, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279598&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=11

5. "Fact Check: Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel's spending cut plan," CNN, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279608&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=12

6. "Top 5 Fibs In Paul Ryan's Convention Speech," Talking Points Memo, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279595&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=13

7. "Paul Ryan Address: Convention Speech Built On Demonstrably Misleading Assertions," Huffington Post, August 30, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279604&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=14

8. "4 Ways Paul Ryan's Budget Would Devastate The Poor," ThinkProgress, August 17, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=279605&id=50193-19240781-hnICFLx&t=15

Source: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/the-crackpot-caucus/?smid=fb-share By TIMOTHY EGAN New York Times