TAMPA, Fla. – Rep. Paul Ryan has been caught in numerous lies. In the wake of the Republican convention, fact-checkers have revealed several misstatements made by Ryan this past week.
“From lying about an auto plant closure that happened under George W. Bush to concealing the truth about his radical plot to kill Medicare, Ryan showed his true interest was not in solving real problems, but advancing his own career,” said Rob Zerban, Ryan’s challenger for the first district in Missouri.
Ryan: Obama failed in his promise to save a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. “I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open, ” said Ryan.
Fact: The plant closed while George W. Bush was still president in December 2008, as reported by the Detroit News.
Ryan: Obama’s stimulus package increased unemployment – “political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst.”
Fact: Chicago Booth’s Initiative on Global Markets Economic Experts Panel was asked if the 2009 stimulus package increased employment by the end of 2010. Eighty percent agreed.
Ryan: “They needed hundreds of billions more. So they just took it all away from Medicare, $716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.”
Fact: The supposed $716 billion in cuts actually comes from a combination of realizing cost-savings and projecting growth in Medicare over the next ten years. Changes include how payments are made to hospitals and insurers without affecting the benefits available to the average enrollee.
Ryan: Obama caused Standard & Poors to downgrade the AAA debt rating of the United States.
Fact: The downgrade came as a direct result of Congressional Republicans’ refusal to increase the debt ceiling. They misrepresented it as an increase in spending, rather than as a pledge to honor our current debt obligations.
Ryan: “We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.”
Fact: Economists already expect that very increase in employment over the next four years regardless of policy decisions.
Ryan: “We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak.”
Fact: About two-thirds of the cuts in Ryan’s budget proposal come from programs that benefit lower-income earners, such as food stamps.
Ryan: Obama suppressed the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission. “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.”
Fact: Ryan successfully voted against the Simpson-Bowles commission’s recommendations, along with fellow Republicans. The measure died in committee.