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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Beware - Republican Brand as Liars Might Just Stick

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”. Okay, nice blog readers, guess who credits this quote?* (answer below)

Congressman Paul Ryan startled me on this Tuesday morning news when he pushed back on the Democrats who are branding Republicans with a "lie" label. If Ryan must whine away the Democratic strategy of calling Republicans "liars", then he should do so by telling American people the truth. My thinking is that the Ryan "outing" of the "lie" label is an acknowledgement that it might actually stick, even beyond the 2012 election.
Unfortunately, the word "lie" is the one brutal honesty in the 2012 Republican campaign. Truthfully, Republican proposals for health care reform, Medicare vouchers, tax policy, safety nets for the middle class and even Big Bird being "Bained" IE "fired" by Romney, creates opportunities for Americans to see beyond partisan politics. These austerity policy openings allow voters to examine the intentions of Republican politics. At least, that's the case for thoughtful voters.  Nonetheless, many of the Republican lies are sticking, especially among ideological right wing supporters, who are willing to accept any morsel of information to fuel their extremist views.  

When Ryan wants to defend against the "lie" label, he should simply counter the Democratic claim with facts. Obviously, Ryan doesn't have many truths to show off.  Rather, listed here are a litany of conservative and main stream news feeds to back up the "lie" label that Ryan is defending against:
Five Biggest Lies:

Example - Ryan lied about who is to blame for the US credit downgrading, but it was his fault:

Lie:  Ryan Blames Obama for The Nation’s Downgraded Credit Rating.

What Ryan Said, ” It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.”

Truth: S&P (Standard & Poor's financial services) blamed the (credit) downgrade on the political dysfunction caused by the Ryan led House on the debt ceiling. “We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process.”

In short, Ryan is blaming President Obama for a crisis that he helped manufacture. If anyone is responsible for the downgrade, it is Paul Ryan and his fellow House Republicans.

Fox News' Sally Kohn slams Paul Ryan (RNC) speech as 'blatant lies'.  She summed up the speech in three words: dazzling, deceiving and distracting. "Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a much larger problem for himself and his running mate," Kohn wrote.

More from GlobalPost: Paul Ryan's Troubling Debut

Fox News anchors on the air praised Ryan's speech afterward, but other media and fact checking organizations weren't so kind. took issue with Ryan's claims that President Obama had cut Medicare, while CNN criticized the VP candidate for blaming a GM auto plant shutdown on Obama, when in fact it closed during the Bush administration.

So my clarion call to all Republicans is to please stop whining about the "lie" label, because, otherwise, it will never go away.  A "lie" is exposed by the light of truth, unless, of course the strategy is, intentionally, to make a lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it".  Quote answer is----

Adolf Hitler


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