Posted September 8, 2012 | comments 9 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Ryan lied repeatedly in convention speech


Before you cast your vote in the upcoming presidential election, I urge you to take a hard look at the man who, if elected, would be a heart beat away from the presidency. Paul Ryan claims to be a fiscal conservative. A close examination of his voting record in Congress proves otherwise.

During the Bush administration, Ryan supported and voted for a massive tax cut, two wars and a prescription drug program, all on the cuff, that increased the national debt by trillions of dollars and in a large part created the largest financial crises since the Great Depression.

There's more. The Ryan budget that was passed several times by the Republican-controlled House gives yet another tax cut to millionaires while raising taxes on the middle class and adds another estimated $14 trillion to the national debt. Eric Alterman, in an article in the Natio, rightly observes that, "It is no exaggeration to say that Paul Ryan's plan for America, now embraced by Romney, constitutes a declaration of class warfare by the super wealthy against the rest of us - coupled with an invitation to economic and environmental chaos, and with a side order of political repression and social regression."

This is a man who had no compunction about lying repeatedly in his acceptance speech at the Republican national convention:

Lie No. 1: Obama failed to save the GM plant in his home town of Janesvill , Wisc. The plant was closed during the Bush administration long before Obama took office.

Lie No. 2: Obama eliminates the work requirement for welfare recipients. He most definitely does not.

Lie No. 3: Obama guts Medicare to the tune of $716 billion to fund the Affordable Care Act. The truth is that Obama reduces Medicare costs by that amount by renegotiating lower costs to providers and reducing the Medicare reimbursement to the overpaid private insurance companies known as Medicare Advantage. The savings come from providers, not beneficiaries. The reduction in spending actually strengthens the longterm health of Medicare, according to Medicare trustee reports. Ryan's plan, on the other hand, does gut Medicare by the same amount by turning Medicare into a voucher program that will significantly increase costs to future beneficiaries and completely privatizes Medicare in the long term.

There's no doubt that the Romney/Ryan ticket spreads largess among the rich at the expense of the middle class. The bottom line is that if you're a member of the working class and vote Republican in November, you will voting against your economic interests. Think about it!

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal

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    You are behind the curve Gene. This junk has been spouted by you hacks for a week. Find something new to bore us with.

      TRUTH has a way of remaining the same week after week: I guess that gets rather boring.

      Actually until WALL STREET is regulated, and removed from its influence; until BIG MONEY stops buying the candidates; until this Democracy is restored for the people - we will play the "election game" every four years.

      It's not the Republicans nor the Democrats that we should really be worried about: It's the BIG MONEY that rules them all. We only have the illusion of choice and instead of fighting each other - we should all be looking at this diseased system.

        Very wise words, Diana. I really worry for our democracy in this country. It is now to the point that everyone, no matter which side, should worry about elections being "bought". It is totally naive to think that someone would give millions of their own money to get someone elected and not expect much in return and you better believe it will not be in the interest of the majority of the American people.

        "We only have the illusion of choice and instead of fighting each other - we should all be looking at this diseased system."
        Diana truer words were never spoken.

          I am sure that those tunneling under our nation's Treasury and hoping to rob us blind are happy to have us focused on each other rather than on them. So, let me just shine the light on a couple of them at the moment. The privatization of public education is not only stealing tax payer dollars to fund private pockets, it is also making private education unaccountable to the public good and our kids stupid. Private prisons are not only filling the private pockets of its investors with our tax payer dollars, but also turning our prisons into 21st century slave quarters for corporations to "hire" prisoners at below market wages to produce products and save not only the wages but the overseas shipping. Republicans and Democrats are guilty of passing policies that aide and assist both of these thefts.

            "Private prisons are not only filling the private pockets of its investors with our tax payer dollars

            Contracting out our prison system is really frightening. Think about what motivates private contractors? Giving someone an incentive to keep people in a prison for profit? Have we gone mad?

    The American Crossroads hacks keep repeating the same junk spouted by Ryan in TV ads. I'm bored with the spit ball they keep serving up.

    you know what so many of the jobs were sent over seas during the Bush (Busch) administration. Including a job in my past...sent to India!

    I'm sure the GM plant closure in winchester, had something to do with the Bush administration also.

    Lyin Ryan was on face the nation trying to wiggle his way out of the defense cuts he voted for today.


    You can see the deep breath when she starts to ask LOL, only thing missing is smoke from his ears.

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