GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech at the RNC was an exercise in dishonesty. The speech by the Wisconsin congressman ran the full gamut, from lies of omission, to half-truths, to complete fabrications. Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told MSNBC, simply, “He blatantly lied, and brazenly.” Even Fox News was forced to concede that Ryan’s speech was deceitful.
This isn’t a surprise — the Romney campaign has already announced that it does not care about facts. Still, the number of prevarications in Ryan’s speech were so breathtaking that the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein said Ryan is more deceitful than Sarah Palin.
Here’s a look at the worst lies uttered by Ryan while accepting the Republican nomination. This is not a comprehensive list — you don’t have all day. It is, however, a look at the biggest whoppers used by Ryan to introduce himself to America.
“It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.”
It’s true that America’s credit rating was downgraded by one of the three major credit rating agencies during Obama’s term. While Moody’s and Fitch both rate America’s debt at “AAA,” or “outstanding,” Standard & Poor’s dropped the US rating to “AA+,” or “excellent,” in 2011.
However, Ryan is being dishonest when he lays the blame for the downgrade at President Barack Obama’s feet. After all, S&P said why they were downgrading U.S. debt, and they didn’t blame Obama. Instead, S&P blamed the “brinksmanship” of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, in which House Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling without significant cuts to the budget. S&P also lamented a refusal to consider higher taxes, saying, “It appears that for now, new revenues have dropped down on the menu of policy options.”
Who was leading the House charge against Obama? Well, the House leadership team, including their budget committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan himself was instrumental in forcing the brinksmanship that led the U.S. to have its debt downgraded; Ryan was right about a downgraded America, but the culprit isn’t Barack Obama, but rather the guy Ryan sees in the mirror each morning.
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