Were you lucky enough to see Paul Ryan’s speech last night? If so, you probably noticed a comment or two that needed some fact checking. In fact, his speech was full of blatant lies. Sadly, a large chunk of the American population believes every word that he and Mitt Romney have to say. If this continues, they could win this election. No candidate for public office should be allowed to address the American people with lies. Many news agencies have addressed these lies, but we need to make sure the word gets out. Please sign this petition asking all major news corporations to expose Paul Ryan’s lies.
From the author of the petition:
1. Lie: President Obama is the “greatest threat” to 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.”1
But Ryan actually does want to cut benefits. He 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
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: President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan debt 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
4. 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 & Poors 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
5. Lie: Ryan wants to protect the “weak.”
Truth: Ryan’s biggest feat in his political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to programs benefiting 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
1. “Fact check: Paul Ryan at the RNC,” USA Today, August 30, 2012
2. “Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney,” The Boston Globe, August 18, 2012
3. “Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Would Cost 29-Year-Olds $331,200: Report,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2012
4. “Paul Ryan Misleads With GM Plant Closure Tale,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2012
5. ”Fact Check: Paul Ryan misleads on debt panel’s spending cut plan,” CNN, August 30, 2012
6. “Top 5 Fibs In Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech,” Talking Points 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,” ThinkProgress, August 17, 2012
I was still holding out hope that it was all a joke.
By John Whitesides and Matt Spetalnick via Reuters.
TAMPA, Fla., Aug 28 (Reuters) – Republicans nominated Mitt Romney on Tuesday to challenge President Barack Obama for the White House, kicking off their storm-delayed convention with a barrage of sharp attacks on Obama’s economic leadership.
The formal nomination of Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, sets up a two-month final dash to the Nov. 6 election. Opinion polls show Romney running even with or slightly behind the Democratic president.
The convention’s opening was pushed back a day by a storm threat, but Republicans wasted no time in condemning Obama’s economic record and reminding voters of the stubbornly high national unemployment rate and growing budget deficit.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned that re-electing Obama would mean “four more years of failure.”
“We have a message for America: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and they’ll get America working again,” he said to loud cheers. “We must send America’s comeback team to Washington.”
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