Paul Ryan speech effective, dishonest
The Kansas City Star
Republicans are exalting about Paul Ryan’s speech. It was a good speech, an effective speech. A speech meant to fire up the people who are inclined to believe that Barack Obama is creating a government on the order of the Politburo.
What this was not was an honest speech.
Ryan blamed Obama for the closure of a GM plant in his hometown in Wisconsin. That plant closed during the administration of George W. Bush.
The vice presidential nominee blasted Obama for appropriating $700 billion in future Medicare spending to pay for other aspects of his health care plan. (Seniors would not see cuts in service; the savings would come from reduced pay increases to hospitals and an end to subsidies for the Medicare Advantage plans.) Ryan forgot to mention that the budget he proposed as a Congressman takes the same future spending out of Medicare as the Affordable Care Act does.
He called the stimulus program corrupt, wasteful and ineffective, and skirting around the fact that he sought stimulus funds for his district.
He criticized Obama for ignoring the findings of the Simpson-Bowles Commission, when he himself voted against the Simpson-Bowles deficit report.
I did like Ryan’s tribute to his mom. But this speech cannot hold up against the light of truth and accuracy.