On Wednesday night, Paul Ryan accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination with a speech that was altogether “dazzling,” “deceiving” and “distracting”. While rousing and perhaps appealing strongly to non-establishment Republicans, the 40-minute address was wrought with half-truths and outright lies.
A few of the more audacious lies here:
- “More debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.” Romney has used this talking point as well. If Todd Akin missed science class, Romney and Ryan missed elementary mathematics.
- “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.” Funny. Ryan’s budget has been condemned by numerous clergy members as likely to “hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors and workers who cannot find employment. These cuts are unjustified and wrong.” Other unjustified cuts might include the $3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and millionaires.
- “After all that work, and in a bad economy it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear in the truth: Yes, you did built that.” While he loves to insist that President Obama wants to credit the government for any success in small business, that is not what President Obama said. (Note: Paul Ryan loves this lie more than any of his other lies.)
When Paul Ryan wasn’t lying and then pausing for applause, he was touting his running mate as “not only a defender of marriage,” but as a man who “offers an example of marriage at its best.” And just ask Ann Romney, who described her marriage to Mitt Romney earlier in the convention: “A storybook marriage? No, not at all,” she said. “What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.”
Meanwhile, the delusional executive director of GOProud, Jimmy LaSalvia, said, “I have sat in Paul Ryan’s congressional office and talked to him about the special challenges that face gay people and gay couples in this country and how his plans to reform Social Security, Medicare, health care and our tax code would actually help gay Americans,” LaSalvia said. “I can tell you first hand that Paul Ryan gets it when it comes to dealing with the challenges that face the gay community.” If Ryan gets it it, he sure has a funny way of showing it. For starters, consider his support for a GOP platform that spits in the face of the gay community and then laughs about it.
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