Top 5 Worst Lies Paul Ryan Told

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.

“Yet by his own decisions, President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.† One president, one term, $5 trillion in new debt.”

“He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report.† He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”

This is a two-fer. The first part is technically true — the debt has gone up significantly during the term of President Obama. Ryan failed to mention, however, that the increase in debt is primarily due to two policies — the Bush Tax Cuts and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Simply, those were all policies Obama inherited — all policies started by President George W. Bush, and supported by the vote of Paul Ryan.

It’s the second part, though, where Ryan really outdoes himself. It’s true, Obama did appoint the Simpson-Bowles Commission, which was tasked with looking for ways to reduce the debt. Commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson did issue a report. That report was not endorsed by the full commission, however, which rejected the report.

Among the members of the commission who voted against the report? The chair of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan.

Yes, Paul Ryan was a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission, the “bipartisan debt commission” he references, as if they were a group he was vaguely familiar with. “‘They’ came back with an urgent report,” except “they” didn’t — the commission didn’t issue a report. And while Obama didn’t push the recommendations of the commission, Paul Ryan actively opposed them, voting against them, and preventing the report from being officially adopted.

So while Barack Obama may have decided to pass on the recommendations of some members of a commission, Paul Ryan, a member of that commission, opposed those recommendations. And yet Ryan tells America that we should be outraged at Obama for not adopting the proposals Ryan himself opposed. Truly, the man has a dizzying intellect.“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you Ö this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ †Thatís what he said in 2008.”

“Well, as it turned out, that plant didnít last another year.† It is locked up and empty to this day.† And thatís how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”

Of all the brazen lies told by Paul Ryan during his Wednesday speech, this is the most blatant. Oh, yes, there was a GM plant in Jansesville, Wis., that shut down. Barack Obama did say he wanted the plant to be around for a hundred years. Obama never got a chance to do anything to support that, though, because the plant shut down before Obama was president, in December of 2008.

It’s not as if Ryan was unaware of the timing. Ryan himself protested the plant closure, writing a letter to General Motors in June of 2008. Obama did bail out GM, and while the Janesville plant didn’t reopen, the bailout did help GM reopen a plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.

This is a pure lie. There’s no hedging, no debate — the plant shut down during the Bush Administration, as did others. Blaming Obama for closing it is like blaming Obama for failing to respond during Hurricane Katrina — he wasn’t president then. Unless Paul Ryan thinks Obama owns a time machine, the charge is a flat-out lie. It is not, however, the worst lie Ryan told.

“We have responsibilities, one to another. †We do not†each face the world alone. †And the greatest of all†responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.†The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who†cannot defend or care for themselves.”

That’s not a lie, of course — it’s one of the most fundamental of all truths. But while it is unquestionably true that we must help each other out, it is also unquestionably true that Paul Ryan does not believe this.

Ryan’s budget was condemned by the Catholic Bishops, who said Ryan’s willingness to slash aid to the poor fails a “basic moral test.” Far from demonstrating a fealty to the tradition of protecting the weak, Ryan instead would throw the poor, the sick and the elderly out onto the street, and demand that they stop mooching off of the producers.

Indeed, Ryan’s budget completely ignores the needs of the weak, and plans to trample on those who cannot defend themselves. Its heritage stems directly from Ryan’s greatest influence, Ayn Rand, whose political philosophy elevated selfishness to the highest ideal. Indeed, in “Atlas Shrugged,” which Ryan once made his new staffers read, Rand writes, “I will never live for the sake of another†man, nor†ask another†man to live for mine.”

Now, Ryan has renounced Rand, saying he was unaware that she was an atheist — but as we’ve seen, Ryan has no problem with lying. And certainly, this is a far more accurate summation of Ryan’s worldview — that we are not called to protect our fellow citizens, but rather that if you’ve got yours, to heck with anyone else.

So while Ryan told a lot of lies about Barack Obama on Wednesday, this is the worst lie he told — because Ryan knows full well that his real beliefs are anathema to the beliefs of Americans. Ryan knows that we do believe in helping the downtrodden, and caring for the meek. He also knows that if he admitted that he has no problem throwing the poor to the wolves, Americans would turn on him and on Mitt Romney. So he lies — because he dare not tell the truth.

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Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

I would hope ever free thinking man and woman on this site will please send a green star to Mr. Gerard V. as he tell the truth as it should be told.

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

Here Gerald. It's your favorite. I warmed it up just for you. Ryan on Lie Sandwiches and embroidered truth soup.

I got the meat from Mr. O’Reilly at Hannity’s meat Deli, and fat old Mr. Beck had a fresh loaf lf Lie bread. They knew I was in such a Rush, but he tossed in some fauxnews fortune cookies for good measure. And Mr. Wall-ass, you know Chris?

He tossed in a few of your favorite BS sodas.

That’s a good nummy kins.

Oh Gerald, I’m, so happy.

Your face just lights up when you have a mouthful of Ryan on Lie.

Gerry? Look! I have a surprise. Here's some fresh slices of coulter cake for dessert.

Gerard Van der Leun

Oh Fecke you right in the nose you drooling little quisling.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

This is a fabulous posting, Jeff Fecke - thanks for putting it up there where I wish everyone could see and understand it!

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

It really isn’t a good idea Mr Bill to call people stupid, or to call them stupid because they are liberal. It isn’t all we think someone needs an attorney for, but you have told some whoppers here so it is a natural conclusion many of us can have in regard to the possible reasons for why you would have to keep an attorney on retainer.

And frankly I don’t think any of us care what reasons you might have used an attorney for.

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

Bill, did I upset your delicate anti-patriotic sensibilities? His was aren’t Marxist, or ultra liberal.
The only person in this discussion between the two of us that is on a high horse is and has been only and ever you. I am going to save this line from you Mr Bill the one here where you finally openly admit you are a bigot.
Listen up.

Bill Reese says it live on Care2 “Yes, I am a bigot”

You have been denying that for weeks Mr Bill. Thanks for finally owning up to it.

As for me I am not a bigot, and there isn’t one thing you can point to that indicates I am or have ever been.

But we now have you on record admitting that is what you are.

Thank you Bill, for finally being honest about something for a change.

Also, I would have to disagree with you about 90% of the posters here being bigots. I’d put it at 20% maybe.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

Just goes to show the readers how stupid some of their Liberal friends are when all they think of is a company needs lawyers because of something they did wrong. Well for your information, we used lawyers for non-disclosure agreements, writing contract or checking those we write, we use lawyers to sell real property, and real estate, they are also used to write or change Corporate resolutions, and the Articles of incorporation. Many documents must have a Corporate attorney sign for the company, under different circumstances.
Now, that we have established the fact that our in-house attorney did more than defend idiots trying to sue my company, I will list several instances that we used our Attorney to our benefit.
1) My brother crashed in a contract helicopter in 1980 and broke three vertebra, we had to use an attorney bring suit against the helicopter insurance company. 2) We used an attorney to take the IRS to court in the early 1970's, and we were on all the main stream news networks from coast to coast. (we won), 3) As a forestry service company in the state of Washington we collected excise tax for the Dept. of Revenue, then one project we were told a major forest products company did not have to pay excise tax, so I asked to protest on behalf of our other 88 clients. I was told we could not as we had already paid their tax. The next year, I did not collect and I did not pay the tax and ran up an 80,000 dollar tax debt just so I could take it to court on behalf of

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

First lets stop trying to put lies in my words. I have never made a racist remark against Mr. Obama. I do not like his marxist ways, or ultra liberalism, or this handling of illegal aliens, the economy or unemployment or Fast and Furious (two American's dead) and a whole list of other stupid things the inexperienced stupid president has done. I have never called him black or half black and used race to pass on his dumb actions. If you will go back, I used the same terms about Clinton and Carter. Well, even Kennedy when he call off the air support for our freedom fights in the water at the bay of pigs.

Get off you ugly high horse and write things that are truthful. Yes, I am a bigot just as you are a bigot and probably 90% of the posters are bigots.

Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

Wow great story Mr Bill. SO this never happened before and only happened because the president is half white and half black? I can't wait to hear your explanation for this. I can just picture President Obama sitting in a dark corner of the oval office rubbing his hands together engaging in malevolent laughter talking to himself about how he pulled another one over everyone's eyes.

I presume this is where you are heading with it.

How many times have you had to use that attorney you say you say you havehad to keep on retainer over the past 15 years, by the way, for getting yourself out of jail for saying the wrong things BTW Bill?

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago
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Thursday, September 6, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT - posted on NumbersUSA
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