Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joan Walsh's Brazen Lies (Update)

His most brazen lie accused President Obama of “raiding” Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash.
If I believed Joan,which I don't, I'd say she using some kind of moral equivalency argument. "You did it, so it's okay for me to do it too!" Ryan has stated that current spending on Medicare would be what the current law states. What he wants to do is end the gutting of medicare that's caused by Obamacare, restore that money, and strengthen the program for this generation of seniors. Beyond that, I've heard that Romney and Ryan would like to use a free market solution to bring down healthcare costs for generations to come, and thereby save money. I believe him. If you don't believe that free market can bring down prices, than go buy a simple hand calculator for a couple hundred dollars.
He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008.
Actually, according to National Review, the GM plant was shut down after Obama failed to keep his promise and keep it open.
He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence.
"Essentially". huh. S&P basically said that the nations biggest drivers of debt are Social Security and Medicare. They also stated concerns over policies involved in the attempts to reach a deal during the debt ceiling crisis in 2011. Nowhere did they mention which parties they were blaming. Democrats are notorious for taxing and wasting money. If conservatives (not GOP establishment) take control of our government, then I have little doubt that our AAA credit rating will be renewed.
He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was “more debt,” when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs).
"Known". And which magical elf did she talk to to come up with that conclusion? The fact is that the nation is in a jobs deficit right now. This is the worst recovery from a recession ever. Supposedely, Obama saved jobs. How many has he killed by cancelling the Keystone pipeline? How many Jobs is he killing right now through over-regulation of multiple industries? Through taxation?
He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations.
Ah yes. The supercommittee. It was a horrible idea. But what I remember is that Obama had no input at all. He established it, and then. Went. Golfing. By the way, when was the last time one of Obama's budgets got even one positive vote?


Here's Robert Stacey McCain's take. One of the best writers out there.

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