A Quick Look At A Few Of Paul Ryan’s Statements From Last Night

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A few quotes from Paul Ryan’s speech, and commentary on those quotes follow.

I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

You’re a newcomer to the campaign, and yet you can speak to the fact that you’ve never seen opponents so silent and desperate other such drivel? Seriously? Let me share an impression. There is no desperation except that which you want to see, and the silence you hear isn’t silence. You’re just not listening.

But then again, you never have.

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When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.

News for Paul Ryan. That plant closed during the Bush Administration.

Just like the Republicans to blame President Obama for something that Dubya did.

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What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt.

Not really. The stimulus helped to save or create over 3 million jobs, and kept unemployment from spiraling out of control. A surprising thing to hear, but without the stimulus, unemployment which peaked at 10%, would have easily peaked closer to 15%.

And while there was debt created, and a lot of it, it was debt built to pay for things that needed to be done here and now. Republicans forget the tragedy that they begat with their laissez-faire governance that made the entire housing and financial crisis possible.

I’ll explain about how the Republicans, in particular Dubya, Chris Cox and Hank Paulson did to the economy if you really need me to beat the dead horse that is the net capital rule yet again.

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Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.

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

It’s called the Affordable Care Act. Quit the semantic bullshit, jackass.

Close? The people haven’t spoken yet, Paul. Relax with that.

Ends with a jobs crisis? There has been a jobs crisis for the past 4 years, and the Republicans have stalled every attempt to make progress in the fight to create jobs. Or do you think we don’t remember all those cloture votes in the senate, and all the stonewalling the Republicans have thrown in the path of progress?

They alone?… They alone?.… He’s gonna make me explain about how the REPUBLICANS RELAXED THE NET CAPITAL RULE THUS MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO TURN SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES INTO THE ECONOMY DESTROYERS THEY BECAME. It made those mortgages money makers FOR THE BIG BANKS, big enough where the amount of them increased from being less than 5% of all mortgages to over 20% of all mortgages in less than 18 months by 2004. THAT precipitated the economic collapse. It would NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THAT ONE SINGLE EVENT. Enough yelling.

I feel cleansed now.

And everyone knows that credit rating drop was a political football play, and the drop was done by the S&P in an attempt to affect the legislative process in their favor. Much like the political football they played with Greece and the rest of the European economy, trying to turn things in their favor.

And you see how well they’re doing over there.

I’d be more careful with the words I chose Mr. Ryan. The S&P thing was and is a debacle. The S&P has lost a great deal of credibility since that rather badly pulled off rating drop.

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Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems.

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Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. … And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.

No one said that the government gets the credit. What was said is that no one succeeds alone. That simple. And that is a basic truism. Trying to make it sound as if the President is putting down the small businesses of America, after all he has done to keep them afloat is ridiculous on Paul’s part. If you, mister business owner, think you can get by without; money from outside, private or public; the hearty help of your employees who succeed when you do; without the community at large, then you are not going to be in business long, and you will not do well.


Mitt is speaking.; I will not listen to that devil worshiper. I will read the transcript. And I will do for that speech what I did for Paul’s P.O.S. speech.

That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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