It has been nine days since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his choice for Vice-President. Since that time, we have witnessed the Democrats come out in force against the choice. Many of the charges they are leveling at the Wisconsin Representative are almost funny. One doesn’t have to dig very deep to find out just how untrue the charges are. As I was browsing through some of my weekend reading, I came across an article that debunks five of the biggest lies the Democrats are using against Paul Ryan.
(Human Events) By naming Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential ticket, Mitt Romney offered Democrats an opportunity to reject demagoguery and engage in a serious intellectual debate about the future.
Or so says conventional media wisdom. To this point, however, no such luck. The path of least political resistance, it seems, is to scaremonger the electorate with half-truths and outright lies. Mitt Romney might be running on his own budget—though he has embraced many of the components of the Ryan plan—but that hasn’t stopped Democrats.
We can all see how the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan. Far be it from them to attempt a real debate. Instead, they are using these lies about him. Human Events takes the spin out of them, in this order.
- No, the Ryan budget isn’t extreme – Many conservatives believe Ryan’s budget is too tepid as it doesn’t balance the budget for over a decade. The plan only reduces spending from the current 24 percent to 19.8 percent of GDP. As economists have pointed out, this would bring federal expenditures down to the average of post-WWII levels. In the Ryan budget, federal spending increases every year during the next 10, and revenue rises every year afterwards. The budget expands from $3.6 trillion in 2013 to $4.9 trillion in 2022—a trajectory which can be considered an extreme “cut” only in Washington.
- No, his plan doesn’t favor the rich – What Ryan’s plan does is reform the current six-strata tax-rate system into two, a 10 percent rate and a 25 percent rate. It fixes the Alternative Minimum Tax (which Democrats support) and cuts corporate taxes rates (which Obama has said he’d be willing to entertain) to reflect rates used by competitive nations. To keep revenues stable Ryan (and Romney) have proposed closing loopholes (disproportionately used by wealthy Americans).
- No, Ryan’s plan does not destroy Medicare – The Wyden-Ryan Medicare plan—co-authored by a liberal Democrat—wouldn’t affect anyone over 55. Seniors who’ve earned their Medicare benefits would not see a change, and those under 55 would not have to ever see a change either—unless they voluntarily took part in a more competitive plan. Even then, Washington would pay premiums as you made choices, which, if you believe in the basics of free market economics, would bring down prices and improve service.
- No, he’s not at war with women– The phony “war on women” attack is a vital part of any left-wing campaign against social conservatives. Democratic congressman Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania says that Ryan “believes we should ban all birth control as well. He voted for that.” Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says that Ryan “supported the ‘Let Women Die Bill,’ which would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she could die without it.”Naturally, Ryan has never voted for anything resembling those accusations. He did vote for the “Protect Life Act,” which would have rewritten provisions in Obamacare to prohibit federal subsidies for abortion—something liberals claim is already codified in law–and insure that Catholic hospitals would not have to chip in for abortions. He also supported a bill that would have dulled the HHS Mandate that Catholic hospitals provide free condoms.
- No, he’s not a congressional obstructionist –The president went a bit overboard, in fact, in a stop in Iowa last week, saying: “So, if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away.” The House of Representatives had already passed a stop-gap measure to help drought-ridden farmers. In fact, the House has passed a budget, while a Harry Reid-led Senate hasn’t passed one in over three years.
These are only some of the lies being told on Paul Ryan by President Obama and the rest of the liberal Democrats. Human Events doesn’t cover the others, but they do have much more about these five lies at the link.
If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that the Obama campaign is going to get a pass in the media. No matter what they say about Paul Ryan, they will almost assuredly not be called on the carpet for their statements. It doesn’t matter how untruthful they are, the main stream media will question them very little about these lies. That means one thing to me. It is up to us to help debunk the lies they are telling. It is up to us to tell the truth about Paul Ryan. Are we up to the task?