Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Republican National Carnival of Liars

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Republican National Carnival of Liars

I’ve been meaning to say something about Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s convention speeches last week, but I never got around to it until today. Here’s my inspiration – a cartoon by Tom Toles:

Paul Ryan’s speech was so full of lies, one critic had this to say:

“Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”

And that was from a column on the Fox News website!

The lies…

He blamed President Obama for a GM plant closing in his hometown of Janesville, Wiconsin. GM announced the plan closing in June 2008 – six months before Obama took office.

He said that Obama doesn’t credit businesses for creating jobs – he gives all the credit to the government. (See the post below for what Obama really said.)

He said Obama “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.” Ryan didn’t mention that he served on the Simpson Bowles Commission and voted against its “urgent” proposal.

He said the Obama stimulus plan was a waste of money and did nothing but increase the debt. Most economists agree that the Recovery Act created millions of jobs and pulled the economy out of a free fall.

He said Obama’s budget cuts $700 billion from Medicare without mentioning that his own plan calls for the exact same “cuts” that really aren’t cuts at all. The $700 billion is savings that come from people buying health insurance. The savings would be used to help provide subsidies for those who can’t afford insurance.

Mitt Romney took the stage the next night and touched on all the lies of the previous speakers and then offered up one of his favorites:

I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.

There was no “Apology Tour.” Ask any Republican you know who believes this lie to quote just one of Obama’s apologies. They can’t. There aren’t any. It’s so wrong that Politifact gave it a “Pants of Fire” rating and The Fact Checker gave it four Pinocchios, just one short of “a whopper.”

The Republicans took lying to a whole new in-your-face level this year. The Democrats need to take note of the press reaction. The lies were so brazen that the press couldn’t ignore it. They had to call out their young, brainy, teller of hard “truths” that they so desperately wanted on the Right so that they could say they were fair and were reporting on real policy discussions.

Blatant lies are never the starting point for real discussions.

Hopefully the Democrats won’t step in Romney’s and Ryan’s stinking piles of shit so that the press can report that both sides are made up of liars that don’t care one bit about policy.

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