We all know politicians lie to get votes, it’s the sad reality of the game. People are simply too lazy or too entrenched with their party to care. Obama himself made his fair share of promises he never delivered, but if there was a Guinness World Record for lying Paul Ryan would’ve taken the cake last night.
If you’re ignorant to fact, Ryan probably came across as a passionate and smart; basically an all around nice guy. Unfortunately, for most voters that is all it takes. Behind that nice guy facade is an incredibly deceptive man and if you pay even the slightest amount of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech likely had you reeling. A few examples of the crap that spewed out of his mouth:
- Ryan blamed the President for the closing of a GM plant in Janesville, WI. The plant was actually closed under President Bush.
- Ryan once again repeated that the President wants to give all credit for private sector success to the government, which is clearly not what the president said.
- Ryan claimed that the President took $716 billion out of Medicare. That amount was in fact saving in Medicare reimbursement rates, which, actually lower Medicare patients out of pocket costs. More interestingly, Ryan himself embraced the savings in his budget plan…
- Ryan tried to blame President Obama for the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, we all know it was due to Republican threats to not raise the debt ceiling.
- Ryan failed to mention his plans to ban abortions in all circumstances (rape, incest, etc…).
- Ryan failed to mention that he would like to hand Social Security over to Wall Street.
- Ryan failed to mention his countless votes to raise the debt ceiling and increase government spending under President Bush.
- Ryan failed to mention that his budget would raise taxes on 95% of Americans, while cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires, all while increasing the deficit further.
Hilariously, at the end of the speech Ryan delivered the following quote, apparently oft repeated by his dad:
Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.
Deceiving voters about basic facts and while trying to distract from his own record should not be acceptable. I’m upset enough by politicians making promises they cannot deliver, purposely deceiving us to take office is just low, American voters deserve better.