Rep. Paul Ryan: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-OH) took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night resembling a 42-year old newspaper delivery boy with a distracting nervous tic.

He also shamelessly lied about President Barack Obama. Case in point, Ryan repeated an anecdote about a GM assembly plant closing in his hometown of Janesville, OH.

Ryan wove his tale before the throngs of adoring Republicans:

“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. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”

The problem with Paul Ryan’s homily is, President Obama was not sworn into office until January 20, 2009 — in 2008, he was still a U.S. senator from Illinois. President Obama did not “break his promise” to keep the GM plant open that closed in 2008 – before the Democrat took office.

This is not the first time Paul Ryan told the fable. Earlier this month, he told a similar yarn at a campaign stop at Walsh University in North Canton, OH:

“I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open. One more broken promise. We used to build Tahoes and Suburbans. One of the reasons that plant got shut down was $4 gasoline. You see, this costs jobs. The president’s terrible energy policies are costing us jobs.”

In fact, President Obama made no such promise and the GM plant halted production in December 2008, when President George W. Bush was still office.

I understand at the national level it’s the job of the vice presidential candidate to play bad cop to the presumptive presidential nominee’s good cop but this still doesn’t give Rep. Paul Ryan permission to outright lie.

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16 Responses to Rep. Paul Ryan: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

  1. feminazi says:

    I couldn’t watch. I tried. I honestly tried but I felt sick to my stomach and turned the channel to HGTV. This is the worst crop of Republicans I’ve ever seen. Worse than Bush and Cheney. Even worse than Reagan and Bush.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Blatant lies. Ryan is assuming the American people aren’t paying attention and I’m here to tell him that some of us are paying close attention to every word and detail. He won’t get away with this. Ryan is a neophyte in the political game and he has a lot to learn.

  3. Will S. says:

    I hate to say this, Brigadoon, but a large segment of the American people really aren’t paying attention. That’s kind of the problem

  4. Zarathustra says:

    The Republican Party…. taking America all the way back to the 19th Century

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    It’s still technically summer and until the little darlings are safely back in school and Americans are confronted by the stark contrast between Mitt Romney’s nightmare vision for America versus the vision President Obama has for America, I fear surrogates like Paul Ryan will be free to lie and lie and lie. We’re wonks and pay attention 24/7, 365 days a year.

  6. ChiTOM says:

    …..resembling a 42-year old newspaper delivery boy with a distracting nervous tic.

    ROFLMAO! I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed the grunts and tics. Does Paul Ryan have a neurological disease?

  7. Peace Nick says:

    Paul Ryan should replace the poster of Ayn Rand he has on the ceiling in his bedroom with a picture of George W. Bush.

    Let this be a reminder of who tanked the American economy. It was not President Obama. Obama saved us from another Great Depression.

  8. Stephen Iversonn says:

    According to Fox Noise, Ryan’s speech about losing his daddy at 16 and his mother moving on to be a successful small business owner, had the crowd of 20,000 in the convention balling their eyes out.

    The Fox blonde called his personal story “courageous.” Really, Fox? Courageous? Do you know how many teenagers lose their fathers young and the family doesn’t fall apart?

    It happened in my family and everyone of us, every one of my brothers and sisters survived and went onto have successful personal and professional lives.

    Paul Ryan isn’t special.

  9. Harry says:

    “resembling a 42-year old newspaper delivery boy with a distracting nervous tic.”

    ROFL! The best description of Paul Ryan ever.

  10. Rachel says:

    Paul Ryan is from Ohio but his addition to the Romney ticket has done nothing to woo Ohio into the Republican column. In face, Ohio’s 18 Electoral College votes are slipping away from Romney and moving into Obama’s column. Paul Ryan is like a smelly cheese. You just want to get away from it.

  11. DMason says:

    Sorry folks but I couldn’t stomach any of the festivities. In fact, I won’t be watching tonight either.

  12. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Paul Ryan looks and sounds like he’s the progeny of a brother/sister marriage from deep in the hills of Kentucky. Someone should check to see if he has six fingers.

  13. Rendaculous says:

    The truth has a terrible habit of eluding Paul Ryan:

    http://www.politifact.com/search/?q=paul+Ryan

  14. Adirondacky says:

    Never in the history of humanity have more lies been told in 43 minutes.

  15. Jo says:

    Ok so its ok to be homosexual, poor, an illegal immigrant etc….but if you have a medical condition like a tic…thats bad!? Just trying to figure out exactly what it means to be a democrat. Thanks for clearing it up for me. I think i’ ll go watch the movie … The kings speech now cause you all are a waste of time.

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