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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), congressman Paul Ryan and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attend a pancake breakfast in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, April 1, 2012. Romney, just two days before the Wisconsin primary on April 3, continues to spend h
As Mitt Romney's campaign continues floundering in its attempts to find a response to the fact that Romney was disastrously wrong on the auto rescue and that President Barack Obama helped save and create more than a million jobs, many of them in key swing states, Paul Ryan went back to an argument from back in May. And it's even more ridiculous now than it was then:
"I represent Southern Wisconsin, and one of the towns that I represent is Oak Creek, Wisconsin," Ryan told the crowd of about 800 at a high school here. "Now the reason I mention this is because we used to have two Delphi factories in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I just had the opportunity to sit down with some Delphi employees here, some of the salaried employees here, who are just like the people that I know who are my friends and constituents in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. You see the president likes to go around Ohio talking about how he saved the auto industry … tell you what: he hasn't talked to these Oak Creek salaried employees, he hasn't talked to these Ohio Delphi salaried employees because this is one of those examples of the government picking winners and losers."
The majority of salaried workers in the auto industry did not suffer pension cuts; some did, because the federal pension board only guarantees pensions up to a certain level. But UAW members at Delphi had their pensions "topped up" by General Motors as part of an agreement negotiated years earlier as Delphi spun off from GM. To you and me, it is a shame that some 45 percent of salaried workers faced pension cuts. But the idea that Paul Ryan gives a single damn about this as anything other than a cheap political ploy is laughable. (It's a bitter laugh.)
  • Mitt Romney didn't want to save the auto industry at all. His plan would have led to liquidation, and the salaried Delphi workers would have lost their jobs and their pensions as would just about everyone else in the auto industry.
  • It's kind of rich to have Romney's running mate bemoaning cut pensions when cutting or eliminating pensions is one of the ways Romney made his hundreds of millions. The workers at GST Steel and a lot of other companies could tell you a thing or two about losing the secure retirements they'd worked decades to earn. For that matter, workers at Sensata probably have a thing or two to say on the subject.
  • Since the Romney campaign tried to make Delphi pensions an issue back in May, we've learned that Romney himself profited off of what happened at Delphi. Romney had investments in a fund that bought up Delphi stock incredibly cheaply after its 2005 bankruptcy. The hedge funds that had taken Delphi over, the Romney investment among them, then refused a deal that would have saved many American jobs. Mitt Romney is estimated to have made at least $15.3 million from the deal—the source of the pension losses his running mate is now trying to pin on the president.

If Paul Ryan really felt any kind of empathy for the people who'd had their pensions cut, he wouldn't be Mitt Romney's running mate. It's that simple. Once again, the Romney-Ryan campaign is engaging in the most cynical tactics possible.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:57 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  practicing the politics of The Big Lie (5+ / 0-)
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    dnta, Amber6541, tardis10, politicalceci, eps62

    Dirt-bags, the both of them

    Sadly amusing that both of them too, base their behavior on an authoritative, autocratic, top-down religion.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 10:05:24 AM PDT

    •  I have to say, if Dems did this (3+ / 0-)

      I could not support the party.  This election is not only about ideology, economic theory and policy, the 1%, taxes, etc.  It's also about the basic principle of honesty in politics.  

      If Romney and the Republicans were to win, it would validate all the lying, obfuscating, flip-flopping tactics that he has followed for years, and that have been the cornerstone of his campaign.  It would send a signal to all politicians, Dems and Rethugs, that the end justifies the means, and you can lie your way to electoral victory, if you just keep at it long enough.

      Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

      by dnta on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:19:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That signal has been sent and received quite (3+ / 0-)

        awhile ago - the situation now is can we beat it? We did in 2008 and we likely will this round, but defeating this style in an election or two isn't going to stamp it out.

        This is the way the GOP campaigns and it has become so transparent that it bewilders me that it works at all.

        The communication process in our country is broken. The media is broken and this country's idea of what is acceptable in politics is broken.

        And as long as all this is broke, politicians are going to be capable of saying the most outrageously false things they can get away with, and they can get away with a lot these days.

  •  why the f' (1+ / 0-)
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    do these diarist continue to put up these disgusting photos? I got sick all over the place again. Can't we have something pleasant to look at...like W and McC eating birthday cake during Katrina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  Pension 'slasher'? you mean 'stealer' don't you? (2+ / 0-)
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    politicalceci, eps62

    Isn't that the reason you should vote for the Mittball? Becuase you're alll hot to bend over and get your pocket picked while he sells your job to China and puts your pension into goldplating his 2nd-best yacht?

    Because OMG, black peoples  is gettinng food stamps!!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:21:56 PM PDT

  •  auto industry workers can't ignore this (5+ / 0-)
    Since the Romney campaign tried to make Delphi pensions an issue back in May, we've learned that Romney himself profited off of what happened at Delphi. Romney had investments in a fund that bought up Delphi stock incredibly cheaply after its 2005 bankruptcy. The hedge funds that had taken Delphi over, the Romney investment among them, then refused a deal that would have saved many American jobs. Mitt Romney is estimated to have made at least $15.3 million from the deal—the source of the pension losses his running mate is now trying to pin on the president.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:24:05 PM PDT

  •  My husband is salaried at Delphi (4+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, tardis10, politicalceci, eps62

    He may have had his pension go to the government program....which sucks...but I firmly believe the only reason he has a job is because of Pres Obama saving the auto industry.  The last couple years he has been blessed with a couple big bonuses, a promotion and a great raise last year and a small raise this year.  I feel we are lucky he will have a pension at all, a growing rarity in this day and age.  
    Sherrod Brown, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have been trying to get the full pensions restored, this is the first timeI have heard the weasel Lyin' Ryan mention it!!
    Shameless as usual.

  •  So the guys who wanted to slash union pay... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...are now "concerned" about their pensions.

    Riiiiight.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:25:44 PM PDT

  •  Logic does NOT count... (4+ / 0-)

    at least in the parallel universe we now find ourselves in, where the lamestream media refuses to call out the lies and the liars.

    So one needs to counter with their own medicine... saying things like Ryan is the reason why WI lost the largest number of jobs during the depression... his support of European style austerity, and policies of the weasel governor of WI!

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:27:52 PM PDT

  •  'If Paul Ryan really felt any kind of empathy' (4+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, tardis10, politicalceci, eps62

    Well, right there's where you went wrong.

  •  Romney delirious over Ryan whopper (2+ / 0-)
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    politicalceci, eps62

    It seems they keep trying to one up each other - which Republican (politician, pundit, 'reporter', strategist) can tell the biggest lie while keeping a straight face.  Kind of reminds me of the old game show Make Me Laugh.

    "There is no barrier of people's acceptance. The only barrier is the media. Remember what people cannot see or hear, they cannot think about." - liner notes of Soft Cell's 'The Art of Falling Apart'.

    by dugjxn on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:46:09 PM PDT

  •  Where is the legislation Ryan proposed (2+ / 0-)
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    Irish Liberal, politicalceci

    to up the amount the pension guarantee board backstops?
    There isn't any? How not surprising.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 04:53:07 PM PDT

  •  MITT ROMNEY IS A LIAR (2+ / 0-)
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    politicalceci, eps62

    should be written in letters a thousand feet high.

  •  There are many words that could possibly (1+ / 0-)
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    eps62

    describe Paul Ryan.  Smarmy.  Jerk.  Repulsive.  Rubbery.  However, what comes to mind today out of all days is evil.  To baldly lie to a person's face and continually know that one is doing it is downright angering.  

    To read the faces of his running mate and those who support him on the lie is telling the American people blatantly that they don't give a damn about this country.  Even more so, they baldly communicate the fact that all they want is the power without acknowledging the suffering of a lot of lives that comes with such a position of leadership.

    For Ryan, Romney and the rest of the GOP, using such lies to get ahead in society flies in the face of their supposed religious posturing.  To be so holier than thou and to revel in the fact that they are putting one over on the public shows cynicism and hypocrisy.

    Please, GOTV.  We can't be disgusted by these folks for four years.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:02:23 PM PDT

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