The presidential one that preceded it was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had.
I cringed watching slick Mitt, with all his lies and flip flops, wipe the floor with Obama, who came off like a nice uncle who’d wandered in for some tea and some chit chat.
I felt like I was watching my future get flushed away with every tragic moment.
But people say this one went better for us.
Oh, that’s not to say Ryan didn’t lie.
But we won’t let him get away with it this time.
Here are just some of the deceptions Ryan put out there, as detailed in a release I got from Obama’s campaign:
Ryan said Romney’s 5 point plan would create jobs.
That’s false. Independent economists have said that Romney’s plans could slow the economic recovery and eliminate jobs, and that his tax plan doesn’t add up. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan: to return to the policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class.
Ryan misrepresented the Obama administration’s Iran policy.
That’s false. It was President Obama who put in place “crippling sanctions” on Iran that are working to bring its economy to its knees and just this week, Mitt Romney admitted they are working. Romney and Ryan have struggled to articulate what they’d do differently regarding Iran-except blustering about recklessly taking us to war.
Ryan said Mitt Romney is a “Car Guy”
That’s false. Mitt Romney’s no “car guy”–when the American auto industry and the million jobs it supports were on the brink, he would have just “let Detroit go bankrupt.” And he didn’t just write it in an op-ed, he repeated it personally many times. President Obama bet on the American worker, saving over a million jobs and helping make all three Detroit automakers profitable for the first time in seven years.
Ryan hypocritically criticized the Obama administration on the Benghazi attack.
That’s not right. The Romney-Ryan plan could slash funding for diplomatic security. While Paul Ryan has been perfectly willing to politicize the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, he has failed to note that the Romney-Ryan budget would require deep cuts to the State Department budget–and could slash funding for diplomatic security, construction and maintenance by $300 million at U.S. embassies around the world. In fact, Congressman Ryan and House Republicans have pushed for deep cuts affecting diplomatic security for years.
Congressman Ryan claimed the Romney-Ryan Medicare voucher plan is bipartisan and rooted in the recommendations of a 1990s Clinton commission.
That’s false. Senator Ron Wyden voted against the Ryan budget and has condemned their Medicare plan. Romney and Ryan are just trying to hide that their plan for Medicare is to turn it into a voucher program, increasing costs for seniors by more than $6,000 a year.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 12, 2012