Smartest Guy In The Room Can’t Get His Facts Straight

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Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan has a reputation in the Mainstream Media as a guy who knows his stuff, in particular on matters of fiscal policy. His passion for free market capitalism is something he has credited in the past to an adherence to science fiction novelist Ayn Rand’s views on economics. And as an aside, Stephen Colbert’s takedown of that particular right-wing philosophical zombie the night of Ryan’s Republican National Convention Speech is necessary viewing for all thinking people with a sense of humor.

But Paul Ryan’s wonk credentials may be in some danger as he begins to campaign on the national stage, since the only charitable reading of the wildly false claims throughout his speech is that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Factcheck.org has a complete rundown of the many errors and falsehoods Ryan embraced August 29th:

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee:

Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from Medicare “at the expense of the elderly.” In fact, Medicare’s chief actuary says the law “substantially improves” the system’s finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.
Accused Obama of doing “exactly nothing” about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission — which Ryan himself helped scuttle.
Claimed the American people were “cut out” of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went for tax relief for workers.
Faulted Obama for failing to deliver a 2008 campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.
Blamed Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard & Poor’s blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.

The only other reading of that many whoppers is that Paul Ryan was lying to the American people in order to bolster his own political fortunes. And Paul Ryan is a poor orphan boy and a devout Catholic, so he wouldn’t tell intentional lies designed to trick folks into voting for him against their own interests, would he?

In related news, false consciousness is apparently alive and well and living in Tampa, Florida.

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  • Miracles

    um news flash– the GOP thinktanks long ago realized it doesn’t matter if facts wash with their message if it’s broadcasted loud enough to their party faithful.  0/10

  • DONGO

    “His passion for free market capitalism…” Is he too naive or just fascist?

    • biff

      His passion for free market capitalism is a deception. Anybody with half a brain knows that free markets don’t work. Before controls were put in place by Rockefeller oil, was selling for below the cost of the barrel holding it. Only when the market is controlled does it become highly profitable.

    • DeepCough

      He’s a Randbot, what more explanation do you need?

    • rtb61

       Lie, cheat and steal, that’s the Paul Ryan version of capitalism. So everyone’s surprised he tells as whole pack of lies at his speech because he believes he will gain advantage by lying. Ohh look and he lied about the nature of his lying.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    There is no office in the US more important VP; without Cheney there’s no W.
    So this is very disconcerting.

    On the other hand, since most politicians lie most of the time,
    and their lies tend to be self-serving and only believed by their kewlaid drinkers,
    we have nothing to worry about.

    Does Wall Street seem worried about which CIA operative wins?
    Well if the puppet masters aren’t going to worry,
    neither will I.

    • Hadrian999

      I agree with John Nance Garner’s assessment of the office of the V.P.

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        Nobody for President
        Everybody for Vice

  • Cheftommyboy

    Just look at the mugshot of this guy….Dull/Normal on the intellect scale if you ask me….Seen better heads on a glass of beer!!

  • Cheftommyboy

    Just look at the mugshot of this guy….Dull/Normal on the intellect scale if you ask me….Seen better heads on a glass of beer!!

    • Hadrian999

      the guy can’t even figure out son lyrics

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