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Thursday, August 30, 2012

We Are Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact Checkers.

Well it was Paul Ryan's time to talk last night at the Republican National Convention.  He got some of his facts wrong.

The following is from an Article Arthur Delaney wrote for Huffington Post:

Ryan then noted that Obama, while campaigning for president, promised that a GM plant in Wisconsin would not shut down. "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," Ryan said. Except Obama didn't promise that. And the plant closed in December 2008 -- while George W. Bush was president.

 It was just one of several striking and demonstrably misleading elements of Ryan's much-anticipated acceptance speech. And it comes just days after Romney pollster Neil Newhouse warned, defending the campaign's demonstrably false ads claiming Obama removed work requirements from welfare, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

Ryan, for his part, slammed the president for not supporting a deficit commission report without mentioning that he himself had voted against it, helping to kill it.

He also made a cornerstone of his argument the claim that Obama "funneled" $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. But he didn't mention that his own budget plan relies on those very same savings.

Ryan also put responsibility for Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt at Obama's doorstep. But he didn't mention that S&P itself, in explaining its downgrade, referred to the debt ceiling standoff. That process of raising the debt ceiling was only politicized in the last Congress, driven by House Republicans, led in the charge by Paul Ryan. The credit rater also said it worried that Republicans would never agree to tax increases. “We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues,” S&P wrote.

Also see The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever? From the New Republic
I really like Neil Newhouse's statement this week "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers".  What does this mean?  It sounds like we are not going to be bound to tell the truth.  I might use this approach with the Lovely Sharon.  If she finds out I ate something I should not have eaten, I am going to respond that I am not going to let my diet be bound by a fact checker.

All campaigns make false assertions about their opponents.  This is wrong and I am disgusted by it.  Tell me what you are going to do don't make up lies ablout the other guy.  This goes for the Republicans and the Democrats.  There is plenty of blame on both sides.  But when caught in a lie, and then to come out and say that "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers" is over the top.

I think Romney will be elected.  If he is, when you file your income tax returns in his first term, understate your income and overstate your deductions.  If you get audited, tell the IRS agent that "I am not going to let our my tax reporting be dictated by fact-checkers".   I am sure the Romeny adminsiration will back you up on this.

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