Friday, August 31, 2012
Find the Truth
I find it appalling that a candidate for vice president would go on national t.v. and use half-truths, misdirections, and outright lies to denounce the current president and then claim that his team will not lie to the American people! In his speech at the Republican convention - that auto plant he seems to be accusing the president of closing? It closed BEFORE Obama even took office. The money he claims the president is pulling from Medicare? His plan pulls the exact same amount - and both plans pull it from providers NOT customers, i.e., US. That commission that he said Obama ignored? Ryan voted against their recommendations! The list goes on and on. Don't believe me? Go to www.factcheck.org, which is a nonpartisan fact checking website and see.
Barney Frank says,"Paul Ryan is a rigid far-right ideologue and a clever politician. That’s a dangerous combination -- especially in an election where ultraconservative billionaires like the Koch Brothers are spending millions to ensure that their extreme right-wing agenda becomes a reality. We have to do everything we can to expose Romney and Ryan’s plans to slash the social safety net for seniors, children, and pretty much everyone else to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires. Unlike some of these Tea Party Republicans, Ryan understands that much of what he wants to do is very unpopular with the American people. He’ll do everything he can to avoid the specifics of his plans to end Medicare, privatize Social Security, and give Mitt Romney a 1% tax rate."
This "trickle down" nonsense has been tried, and failed. Reagan insisted that cutting taxes would spur private industry and ended up with the biggest deficit to date. Only when Clinton came to office and raised taxes did the deficit go away. We've been down this road before and we know what will happen if we do this again. This time, though, we have such a huge deficit that we just can't risk failure, messing around with fiscal policies that have already been proven to be failures!
This campaign is crucial to our future. It doesn't matter to me if you're a Republican or a Democrat. Just don't rely on ANYONE to tell the truth. Check for yourself the accusations people are making. Only then can you make a truly informed decision.