A distinct similarity between the first debate, and Thursday night’s debate with Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden was an egregious lie, a lie so big that it was named by PolitiFact as Lie of the Year. Ryan and Romney have more than one similarity, but this particular lie stood out like a nun at a nude beach.
Mitt Romney suggested during the Presidential debate in Denver, Colorado, the dubious claim of the Affordable Health Care Act being a ‘government takeover of health care.’ That was the 2010 Lie of the Year by PolitiFact.
Paul Ryan repeated that lie — both are aware that this is false — in his closing statement, saying that President Obama “made his choices,” including “a government takeover of health care.”
The phrase is simply not true. “Government takeover” conjures a European approach where the government owns the hospitals and the doctors are public employees. But Obama’s health care law relies largely on the free market. We voted “a government takeover of health care” our Lie of the Year for 2010.
Paul Ryan is supposed to be the intellectual star of the Republican Party. With Joe Biden’s gaffe-prone history, the Vice-President was still victorious.
Apparently, Romney and Ryan believe that they can make up their own facts.
Here’s a fact: Mitt Romney dodged the war, but sending our children off to war is no biggie for the Republican Presidential candidate. Romney would send US troops back into Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, etc, etc, etc. Romney wants to expand the military. ‘Fiscally Conservative’ is obviously codeword for: spendthrift Chickenhawk.
The right wing was fearful, after Sarah Palin’s ‘death panels’ assertion, which was PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year in 2009. “Obama is a Socialist”, Sarah falsely stated. Going to war in several countries doesn’t bother them at all. Think about that for a minute.
While right wing pundits spin the debate, in order to morph Paul Ryan into the winner, Sarah Palin is visibly upset. What Sarah is forgetting is that Joe Biden treated her with kid gloves during their debate four years ago.
Palin blames moderator Martha Raddatz for allowing Vice President Joe Biden to “run roughshod” over Paul Ryan. How dare Biden call out Ryan’s lies. It’s always someone else’s fault. The recession is all Obama’s fault. The plant that Ryan claimed was shuttered during Obama’s term – occurred during Bush’s time in office. Their tactic: Keep blaming Obama and maybe no one will remember who fucked up the economy only four short years ago.