Laying out the first plans for his party's presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama's policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit.The Associated press has called BS on the factless speeches by tonights speeches at the Repubican Convention.
Fact after fact after fact exposing lie after lie after lie.
That's what the press should be doing. And this AP story will hopefully be in everyones newspaper tomorrow.
Let me tantilize you into reading the entire piece with this sample:
RYAN: "And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. ... So they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama."The article goes on and on and on exposing lie after lie after lie told in convention speeches. I highly recommend reading the whole thing.
THE FACTS: Ryan's claim ignores the fact that Ryan himself incorporated the same cuts into budgets he steered through the House in the past two years as chairman of its Budget Committee, using the money for deficit reduction. And the cuts do not affect Medicare recipients directly, but rather reduce payments to hospitals, health insurance plans and other service providers.
In addition, Ryan's own plan to remake Medicare would squeeze the program's spending even more than the changes Obama made, shifting future retirees into a system in which they would get a fixed payment to shop for coverage among private insurance plans. Critics charge that would expose the elderly to more out-of-pocket costs.
Sorry about the brevity (and for posting 2 diaries on the same day), but I bitch when the media doesn't do their job and feel the need to heap praise when they do.