Paul Ryan struck an impressive figure addressing the RNC convention last night.
For a numbers cruncher, the man has an eloquent tongue. A shame that it’s a forked tongue.
Ryan was more misleading than the narrative of a suspense novel. In fact, some of what he was spewing was pure fiction.
Ryan said that Barack Obama, while campaigning for president, promised that a GM plant in Wisconsin would not shut down.
A low blow, considering that Obama didn’t promise that and the plant closed in December 2008 while George W. Bush was president.
Ryan obviously put some Boardwalk fudge on those details.
Ryan slammed Obama for not supporting a deficit commission report without mentioning that he himself had voted against it, helping to kill it.
I guess Ryan, in the excitement of the moment, forgot that little point.
He misled more than a cheating spouse on several other points.
He said that Obama “funneled” $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. But Ryan didn’t mention that his own budget plan relies on those very same savings.
Ryan also put responsibility for Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. government debt at Obama’s doorstep. But he didn’t mention that S&P itself, in explaining its downgrade, referred to the debt ceiling standoff. That process of raising the debt ceiling was only politicized in the last Congress, driven by House Republicans, led in the charge by Paul Ryan.
I guess the fact-checker was disabled on Ryan’s teleprompter.
After all, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse warned, defending the campaign’s demonstrably false ads claiming Obama removed work requirements from welfare, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”