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What Paul Ryan’s Lies Say About His Views Of Women Voters

What Paul Ryan’s Lies Say About His Views Of Women Voters

Once Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan declared they were not going to have their campaigns dictated by “fact checking,” the Republican presidential contenders put the American public on notice that we had in fact entered a post-factual era of political campaigns. So the fact that Ryan lied in his speech at the Republican National Committee is in some ways a non-story. Romney and Ryan announced their intention to lie during their campaign and Ryan’s speech was simply making good on that promise.

For women voters though, the brazen nature of Ryan’s lies, and the comfort in which he let them slide right off his tongue presents a very specific problem because there’s no area where Ryan lies quite so comfortably as he does when stumping on issues that hit women voters hardest: health care, Medicare and abortion.

The lies Paul Ryan tells are not just about deceiving voters, they reflect a worldview shared among certain elements of the conservative movement that voters, but particularly women, are not to be trusted with the necessary details of crafting policy and governing. We see this not just in Ryan’s willingness to lie about his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system, but his embrace of laws like informed consent abortion restrictions. Supporters justify those laws, embodied in mandatory ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods and mandated (and demonstrably false) medical risk disclosures, by claiming that women are unable to competently make a decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy without substantial and direct assistance and interference by the state.

Contrast Ryan’s broad support of informed consent laws in the context of abortion with his opposition to financial services disclosures. If more information is better to make serious, adult decisions, then why does this not apply to situations where millions of dollars are at risk?

Of course, there’s a real danger in Ryan’s game, and that is that it works. “Paul Ryan may believe that he can hide his destructive views on both social and economic issues, but women voters know exactly how his extremist agenda will impact their lives,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List.

Recent EMILY’s List research showed that independent women voters overwhelmingly disapproved of policies detailed in the Ryan Plan.

·         65% of independent women surveyed found a plan to reduce critical services for seniors like Medicare a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.

·         69% think that shifting the cost of preventative healthcare services like mammograms to women is a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.

·         70% found policies that favor the rich at the expense of middle class families a convincing reason to vote against Republicans running for Congress.

So yes, Paul Ryan is a liar. That much is not news, nor is it news that given the unpopularity of his domestic policy positions Ryan would do what he can to try and hide the details from the voting public. But what we should be talking about is what that willingness says about Ryan’s views of voters, particularly women voters, and how that would translate in a Romney-Ryan administration.

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7:39AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Know the truth and you shall be set free! Bye-bye GOP. [period], in case you missed that final punctuation!

11:51AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Oink OinkTricia

11:36AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

You are a pig!!!

10:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I CAN't believe what I am seeing.
ROMNEY AND RYAN SOUND LIKE THE MEN OF DICKEN'S DAY.

Who would vote for this pair of nutters and why??

10:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I CAN't believe what I am seeing.
ROMNEY AND RYAN SOUND LIKE THE MEN OF DICKEN'S DAY.

Who would vote for this pair of nutters and why??

10:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I CAN't believe what I am seeing.
ROMNEY AND RYAN SOUND LIKE THE MEN OF DICKEN'S DAY.

Who would vote for this pair of nutters and why??

10:52AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Romney and Ryan.......... A MATCH MADE IN HELL!
I HONESTLY CAN SAY THAT FROM THIS DISTANCE (UK) IT ALL LOOKS UN-REAL. CAN THIS REALLY BE HAPPENING??
IT SMACKS OF PRE-DICKENSIAN BRITAIN!!!

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT AMERICAN MIND WOULD VOTE THESE NUTTERS INTO OFFICE AND WHY??

9:31PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

We know a person is factually and mentally challenged when they can't write a sentence without resorting to the same old tired words..Obummer, Obumno, socialist, Marxist, Communist, foreigner, Kenyan, birther, so boring. Everyone on this site knows it is all b.s., take a break and come up with something new.

I have also received some emails from the RNC, don't know why. They are so distorted, I can't believe that adults can send such nasty cruel lies to the public.

1:23PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

i dont know Ms Patricia G, Paul Ryan's eyes remind me very much that of a racoon. I could only guess that those who are chinky-eyed might find him attractive. Nevertheless, economy-wise, whether it is a bad hand-me-down or a badly inherited economy from a Republican ex-president, the down trend is not only happening in the USA but in European countries as well. When we get daily bombardments of how this or that party or candidate failed, lied, covered up income before taxes, and we the public are so dizzy from this merry-go-round, all I can say is: God bless America with the results of this November elections.

11:40AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Ryan throwback to dark ages.

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