Merriam-Webster defines vice as "a moral fault or failing." Lying, presumably qualifies, and in that sense GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan showed himself ready for the job in his speech to the Republican convention on August 29. Here we debunk seven lies worthy of the label.
... the planners in Washington still didn't have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we're going to stop it.
The House GOP budget, engineered by Ryan himself, includes the same $716 billion.
As ThinkProgress reported, "... maintaining these cuts will extend the solvency of Medicare’s trust fund.... That’s because the cuts do not target seniors’ benefits, but rather the payment rates to health care providers. Overpayments to private insurers in Medicare Advantage are trimmed, overall provider payments are reformed to encourage efficiency, and reimbursements are tied to improved economic performance."
My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.
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.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.
The plant closed in 2008 during the Bush administration.
[The Obama presidency] began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.s
While the S&P downgrade announcement called both parties to task, it specifically cited the the Republican tactic of using the threat of default as a "bargaining chip".
What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn't just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.
He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.
Ryan was a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission, and voted against its recommendations, preventing a Congressional vote.
In this generation, a defining responsibility of government is to steer our nation clear of a debt crisis while there is still time. Back in 2008, candidate Obama called a $10 trillion national debt "unpatriotic" – serious talk from what looked to be a serious reformer.... So here we are, $16 trillion in debt....
And finally, what Salon's Joan Walsh calls "the central lie of the GOP convention":
... [I]t sure doesn't help [small business owners] to hear from their president that government gets the credit.
As ABC News pointed out last month, Obama's point was that "business people need government infrastructure in order to succeed".