Once upon a time in Janesville, Wis., there lived a Republican who wanted to be the vice president of the United States. This person married a Washington, D.C. lobbyist and then settled down to pursue the American dream. They had two children, bought a house and live happily ever after.
His name is Paul Ryan.
In Ryan's world, lying is an acceptable practice. Ryan does not always tell the truth. He even lied about his time running in his only marathon by two hours. Any runner knows his time when you only run one marathon.
The Republican Party bestowed upon Ryan his dream. Ryan told a fairy tale (lies) in his acceptance speech for the vice president nomination. He sounds like a legend in his own mind.
Lie No. 1. Obama's economic policies failed to save a General Motors Plant in Ryan's district (Janesville, Wis.).
Fact. The plant actually closed in 2008 while George W. Bush was president. Ryan requested federal assistance to keep the plant open. GM closed the plant, not President Obama's policies. He failed to mention this fact in his speech.
Lie No. 2. Obama ignored the Bowles-Simpson debt commission report.
Fact. The debt commission actually failed to create a report because it was unable to reach an agreement on a set of recommendations. This was due to the aggressive opposition from Ryan himself, who was extremely critical of the proposal and voted against the commission's recommendations. Ryan walked away from the table.
Lie No. 3. Obama's policies were responsible for the downgrade of the United States' Triple-A credit rating.
Fact. Standard and Poor's made it very clear the downgrade was a result of House Republicans refusing to raise the debt ceiling unless further deficit reduction measures were considered, stating "The political brinkmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America's governance and policy-making becoming less stable, less effective and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy." Ryan has a short term memory.
Lie No. 4. At $831 billion, the stimulus was the biggest expenditure in government history.
Fact. Congressional Research Service estimated WWII was the biggest one-time expenditure in the history of the federal government at $4.1 trillion (in today's dollars). The Iraq-Afghanistan war, which Ryan voted for and supported, is running a close second. This war was an unfunded war.
Lie No. 5. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare and cronyism at their worst.
Fact. Independent studies stated only .0001 percent of stimulus funding was lost to fraud, making notorious cases such as Solyndra the exception, not the rule. There is no evidence to suggest that Obama's stimulus package was abnormally corrupt.
Ryan, why did you ask the Secretary of Commerce for your share of the stimulus package? You can't lie your way out of this one. There are letters requesting the funds with your signature on them. You even wrote how this stimulus money would benefit your district. Your right hand vehemently against the stimulus and your left hand saying how it helps your district.
Then when asked about this money, you told a reporter you "did not recall asking for the funds. It must have been one of my staff doing the asking."
If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. You must have been one of Obama's cronies. You wanted your share and got it. Flip flog liar-liar pants on fire.
The moral of this story, if you were Pinocchio your nose would be 20-feet long. If you tell the same lie enough times, people will start believing you. Is that your agenda? Do not tell lies because they can be fact-checked.
Check out these fact check documents: Bill Vlasic and Nick Bunkley, New York Times, Oct. 25, 2008; Paul Ryan press release June 2008 letter to GM; Paul Ryan's press release success of fiscal policy Dec. 2, 2010; Standard & Poor Aug. 25, 2011; Congressional Research Service, July 29, 2010; and Michael Grunwald, Foreign Policy, Sept. 10, 2012.
Why would anyone want to vote for a person who deliberately lies? So, you voters have a choice in November. Go with the liars who are indebted to the billionaires, or voting for the party who is fighting for the middle class in this country. One percent or 99 percent. Make an intelligent decision on all the issues, not emotions. Vote.