First off, I thought I saw 'a pig flying by my window' the other night, when I heard
rightwing shill semi-objective seat-warmer Gregory, critiquing Paul Ryan's veracity ...
Departure From Usual: Traditional Media Call Out Ryan For Factually Dubious Speech
by Sahil Kapur, TPMDC -- August 30, 2012
[...]Will wonders never cease. Maybe their is Karmic justice in the world, afterall?
MSNBC host David Gregory accused Ryan of “ideological amnesia” for papering over his own role in helping rack up large deficits.
“He is a man [Ryan] -- as I know that you’ve all referred to this -- who did vote for the auto bailout, he did vote for TARP, he did vote as well for both wars that were not funded, and he voted for Part D of Medicare, and he’s spent his entire life in government,” Gregory said.
Then there's this journalist, actually checking the Facts against the fanciful Ryan rhetoric.
by James Downie, washingtonpost.com -- 08/30/2012
Let’s start with the chronologically impossible. Ryan spoke about the GM plant in his hometown of Janesville:
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 … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.[...] Ryan also conveniently forgot to mention that GM announced the closure of the plant in early June 2008. In fact, Ryan and then-Wisconsin Sens. Russ Feingold (D) and Herb Kohl (D) sent a letter that month to GM CEO Rick Wagoner asking him to reconsider.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
Hmmm ... Paul Ryan signed "an official letter" attempting to keep that infamous GM Plant from being closed by GM -- way back in 2008.
Hmmm ... say Ryan -- Who's fault was it again, that an auto plant in YOUR District was closed, -- closed by whom again? Might want to check your own official files again, boy wonder.
Then there's those inconvenient "Medicare Facts" -- that keep getting in the way of Ryan's many revisionist scenarios ...
by Peter S. Canellos, The Boston Globe -- August 30, 2012
But Ryan’s bill of particulars against Obama strained credibility enough to damage his own, not-quite-earned reputation as a straight shooter. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a General Motors plant in Wisconsin -- a cheeky move for a vice-presidential nominee whose standard-bearer once wrote that the government should allow all of GM to go bankrupt.
And his attack on Obama for having “funneled” money out of Medicare to pay for new “entitlements” was disingenuous on many levels, the most obvious of which is the fact that the exact same Medicare cuts were replicated in Ryan’s own budget, which added copious additional reductions of its own.
Ryan, who helped lead the House GOP’s kamikaze-like refusal to raise the debt ceiling, blamed Obama for the harm to the nation’s credit rating.
Facts -- Schmacts! Romney-Ryan don't need No stinking Facts! They got an Electorate to coerce for Pete's sake.
by Hannah Groch-Begley, mediamatters.org -- 08/31/2012
Romney Surrogate [Neil Newhouse]: "We're Not Going [To] Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers."
Newhouse brushed off the fact check as par for the course in political campaigns.
"People are always going to get Pinocchios for this stuff," Newhouse said. "We stand behind those ads and behind the facts in those ads."
Newhouse suggested the problem was with the fact-checkers, not the facts themselves: "Fact-checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs and you know what? We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." [ABCNews.com, 8/28/2012]
Need more proof, that by hook or by crook, Romney-Ryan are going to do whatever it takes to rustle-up that 50.1% of the Vote?
You need look no further than Florida, where Paul Ryan used his Medicare-aged Mother -- as a stage prop -- apparently because Paul Ryan's version of these facts, wouldn't persuade anyone, who's still in their right mind ...
by Robert Bowen, Examiner -- August 18, 2012
First, Ryan said that Obama was robbing $716 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare. There are two mistruths. Although Obama takes $716 billion from Medicare, not one dime of that is money seniors paid in from their payroll taxes.
Obama takes future savings achieved by eliminating waste, subsidies to insurance companies, and over payments to providers and uses the money to save seniors about $600 a year on their prescriptions.
In addition, the savings funds free preventative cancer screenings and other tests. Currently seniors pay for those screenings out of their pockets or through co-pays on supplemental insurance they must buy.
Next, Ryan said the President’s plan will bankrupt Medicare so it will not be there for those under 55. Not true. The money the President is saving in waste and subsidies to insurance companies, and the preventative medicine and drug benefit will save Medicare enough money so the life of the plan has already been extended by 8 years under Obama. The Ryan plan actually shortens the solvency period.
After that Florida event it was rumored that, Paul Ryan said to his moms:
Sorry Mom -- it's just politics. You understand, right?
Hey, thanks for being such a great foil. ... Isn't Florida nice this time of year?
No Fact-checking required, right Paul? Your rules, not ours, Mr Ends-justify-the-Means.