Paul Ryan caught on to one aspect of Romney’s campaign style pretty quickly; just say anything that sounds good, factual or not. According to the Los Angeles Times, at a recent campaign stop in Stark County, Ohio:
Ryan …blamed job losses in the region and in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., on Obama’s energy policies. A GM plant in Janesville which built Tahoes and Suburbans shut down in 2009. “One of the reasons that plant got shut down was $4 gasoline,” he said. “You see, this costs jobs. The President’s terrible energy policies are costing us jobs.”
The problem is, the decision to close that GM plant was announced in 2008, along with another plant in Dayton, Ohio, and the layoff of an additional 2,000 workers. As for gas prices causing the plant to close, at the time the closing was announced, the average gas price was $2.00 a gallon, but people were driving less because the recession had already begun.
At another campaign rally in Ohio, according to Boston.com:
“…[Ryan] began to criticize China as a currency manipulator, speaking out against the country’s trade policies with the same sharp rhetoric that his new running mate, Mitt Romney, has used for months.
“President Obama said he would stop these practices,” he added. “He said he’d go to the mat with China. Instead, they are treating him like a doormat. We’re not going to let that happen. Mitt Romney and I are going to crack down on China cheating and we’re going to make sure that trade works for Americans.”
Funny thing there, too:
“In 2010, when the House voted on the Currency Reform Fair Trade Act, Ryan was among the 79 congressmen who opposed the measure.”
At a campaign stop in Iowa, Ryan claimed:
“…as president, Mitt Romney would lower taxes on all Americans, making US businesses more competitive worldwide.”
Neither Ryan nor Romney’s plan lowers taxes on all Americans; as economists have pointed out, both plans most likely raise taxes on the majority of Americans.
At a campaign stop in Denver, Colorado, Ryan went after the President for his deficit spending; something that seems to bring about a sort of collective amnesia in Republicans. As it’s been pointed out many times, for 8 years before Obama took office, the GOP didn’t give a damn about deficit spending; do we really need to keep reminding them that they had a balanced budget/projected surplus when George W. Bush took office?
As Robert Bowen at the Examiner points out:
“When George Bush was President, and proposed many of those same programs as Obama, Ryan supported them. He wasn’t really that opposed to deficits. Bush and the Republican Congress, including Paul Ryan, added nearly $7 trillion dollars to the national debt. Where were the latter-day deficit hawks back then?”
- Ryan supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without paying for them.
- He supported the Bush Medicare Drug bill without paying for it.
- He supported the Bush tax cuts, the largest in history, without any off setting spending cuts.
- He supported TARP, the bailout of Wall Street Banks, enacted under Bush before Obama was inaugurated. When Obama took office, however, he voted against the second phase of TARP.
We’re obviously going to be pretty busy over the next few months continually correcting the record.