Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan, GM, and Janesville...

Paul Ryan gave an great speech last night that I had to watch on YouTube because I fell asleep. Nonetheless, he was amazing and I was pumped up. Like many suspected, liberal pundits and talking heads immediately tried to debunk him before he left the page. They found their talking point.

David Axelrod tweeted, "Again, Ryan blames Obama for a GM plant that closed under Bush. But then, they did say they wouldn't "let fact checkers get in the way." Obama's Truth Team also tweeted "Ryan blatantly misled when he blamed President Obama for shutting down a GM plant that closed under President Bush." Al Sharpton and others on MSNBC had a screaming match with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker trying to get him to admit this GM plant closed in 2008 under President Bush. Ezra Klein, from the Washington Post, wrote this:


Mr. Klein realized he made an error and changed it to this:

MSNBC had a fact checker, CNN probably used theirs, and it's been all over twitter. The problem? Paul Ryan never blamed Obama for the plant's closing, nor did he mention exactly when the plant closed. This is what he said:
"My own state voted for President Obama. 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 G.M. 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 100 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.  And that's how it is in so many towns where the recovery that was promised is no where in sight."
It's starting to come out, slowly that the so-called "fact checkers" are wrong and even a piece might not be entirely accurate. Now some are calling it a lie of omission, saying he should have mentioned the plant closed under Bush and not Obama. There's still a problem. Do you know what's better than Politifact? Local newspapers:
"General Motors will end medium-duty truck production in Janesville on April 23, four months to the day after the plant stopped building full-size sport utility vehicles...SUV production ended in Janesville on Dec. 23, a little more than five months after the plant lost a second shift of production."
This is from The Janesville Gazette, written February 19, 2009. Last I checked, Obama was sworn into office January 20, 2009. People are citing December 23, 2008 as the date when the plant closed, but that's obviously not true since production on Isuzu cars continued through April 23, 2009. The plant officially closed it's doors that summer. The lie of omission actually belongs to Ezra Klein. The purpose of his second statement was to clarify Paul Ryan's lie, so he later says. He says Paul Ryan already knew they were "about to" lose the plant when Ryan issued a statement about it in June 2008, same year and month GM released a statement announcing the plant's closing. Look back at Paul Ryan's speech and you'll see he quotes Obama. You know what's better than Ezra Klein? Local newspapers:
"Riding a wave of momentum, Sen. Barack Obama directed his presidential campaign and an economic policy proposal at GM employees in Janesville late this morning...
Obama personalized his message to his audience:
“I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made—how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out.
“And I believe that if our government is there to support you and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another 100 years,” he said."
This also comes from The Janesville Gazette, written February 13, 2008, months before GM or Paul Ryan released a statement. Should Paul Ryan have mentioned when the plant was closed? No! What difference does it make when it closed, the point is that it's closed and Obama talked a pretty big talk and made some big promises. That's the point. Paul Ryan's words remind people of so many big promises Obama made that he hasn't kept. If anything, Paul Ryan expressed that times were hard BEFORE Obama took office and "any fair measure of his record has to take that into account." He then uses his town as an example of many towns that haven't seen the Obama recovery, which is true.

So why the rush to call him a liar when google is so easy to use? Two reasons:

1.) It goes back to what Paul Ryan said in his speech about Obama "forever shifting blame to the last administration" and not assuming responsibility for his record. Even when no one blamed Obama for the plant closing, the liberal media did everything it could to make sure Obama didn't take any responsibility for it. It's a habit for them. It'll always be Bush's fault.
2.) Aside from Obamacare, "Saving" GM is one of his landmark achievements of his first term. To hear a GM plant closed and never opened again and people lost their jobs is not good. It doesn't matter when it closed, he was supposed to have saved it and revived it. Whether it was in his control or not, a lot of Americans don't know the difference, so it looks bad.

If you'd like to read the rest of Paul Ryan's speech, you can go here or search for it on YouTube. Make sure you do before you hear whatever crap the MSM and Ezra Klein has to tell you.

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