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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top 3 Paul Ryan Facts..Fox calls this "bias"

As we gear up for the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday, we'd like to remind you of 3 very important little facts about the Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. These are valid points to consider as you listen to the policy wonk try to stand toe to toe with Vice President Joe Biden at Centre College in Danville, KY

#3) "Forcible Rape" unless it's "Legitimate Rape"...right Todd?

We all remember "Legitimate Rape" Congressman Todd Akin, right?  Well, what Romney and Ryan hope is that you don't remember H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that Paul Ryan co-sponsored with the disgraced Akin. In the bill, Ryan included language designed to limit federal tax dollars from being used for abortions in all cases except "forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest."

The massive backlash forced Ryan to back-pedal from the legislation though he refused to ever give a straight answer on the difference between rape and forcible rape. In fact, when asked  to clarify his positions, Ryan has often became testy, blurting out "Rape is rape" and "The method of conception doesn't change the definition of life."

Yeah. That clears it up.

#2 Mitt's not the only flip-flopper in the family.

In a classic "I was for it before I was against it" moment, Paul Ryan sang the praises of radical conservative extremist Ayn Rand in 2009, and then turned around and rejected those views this year in an interview with Fox News. Many of the videos of this interview posted online are in excess of 15 minutes and frankly, I respect my reader too much to make them watch 15 minutes of Paul Ryan talking.

There is a nice short clip of Ryan rejecting Ayn Rand's philosophy in Real Clear Politics website. Key quote:
"Now see, I really enjoyed her novels, Atlas Shrugged in particular. It triggered my interest in economics  that's where I got into studying economics that's why I wanted to study the whole field of economics. I later in life learned about what her philosophy was its called objectivism it's something I completely disagree with."
So...in 2009 when he was 39 years old, he embraced and admired this woman's radical philosophy on society, then later in life...at age...42...he learned...about her philosophy...and he completely disagrees with it....now.

Yeah. That clears it up.

#1 I'm not cutting the cuts the President cut, I'm cutting my cuts. 

And frankly you need to stop asking him to explain it because as he says
"I don’t have the ... It would take me too long to go through all of the math."
Problem is, the non-partisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities did go through the math and determined that 62% of Ryan's budget cuts will directly impact lower-income Americans.

Quoted from the report:
  • $2.4 trillion in reductions from Medicaid and other health care for people with low or moderate incomes.   The plan shows Medicaid cuts of $810 billion, plus savings of $1.6 trillion from repealing the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion and its subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people purchase health insurance.
  • $134 billion in cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.  If Chairman Ryan’s proposed SNAP savings were achieved entirely through eligibility cuts, between 8 and 10 million people would be knocked off the program.[1]
  • At least $463 billion in cuts in mandatory programs serving low-income Americans

Yeah, that one definitely clears things up.

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