The Republican strategy seems to be any one of the following, any combination of two out of three, if not all three, or simply doing whatever seems useful at the moment. But, they all involve lying.
The first is to make something up and repeat it often enough until repetition gives the impression of truth.
Second is to simply deny what is true and hope no one is interested enough to check.
And the third is to pretend the truth isn’t the truth and hope with time interest in what was really the truth simply fades.
Paul Ryan, a darling of the right and the Tea Party, and now the GOP vice-presidential candidate, has played his part well by condemning whatever Obama has attempted to do based on broad generalities and appeals to the sentiments of the Tea party, even if to do so goes completely against what was a good thing for Ryan to do during the last administration.
Voting for the Bush stimulus to save banks was a good thing, but he condemns it as a bad move of President Obama, even though Obama being new in office had to follow through on what Bush had established in October 2008. He even has condemned Obama for a plant closing that happened while Bush was president in order to make the claim that Obama's saving the auto industry was actually a failure.
Publicly to Paul Ryan the stimulus was a “wasteful spending spree.”
But juggling, whether balls, fruit, chain saws, or the truth, can be difficult and is prone to fumbling
According to signed documents, Paul Ryan got more than $20 million in stimulus funds for a Wisconsin energy efficiency organization, and an additional $5.4 million for local bus services.
It would appear that Paul Ryan’s statement, “I never asked for stimulus”, goes against four letters he wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu in which he praised the Wisconsin energy programs that the stimulus money supported while requesting funds for other initiatives in his district. I believe this is called “pork”.
He was claiming one thing while leaving a paper trail that shows he was actually doing another.
These letters not only go against his criticism of the 2009 stimulus, but also contradict his wanting to cut funds to green technology. He and other Republicans, while quietly lobbying for grants and loan guarantees for clean energy companies in their districts, have been railing against these same things in public. So while they appear to be doing what the Tea Party wants, they are actually doing the opposite.
They are lying to, and making fools of their supporters.
The explanation? He was merely “providing a legitimate constituent service.” Basically he didn’t want to do it, but someone asked him to.
Caught with his hand in the cookie jar his final explanation was,
“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that".
Now here’s the part where he simply pushes aside the truth and expects everyone to move on like good sheep do,
“Regardless", he continued, "it’s clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again.”
Whoa! what did that last bit have to do with anything?
For those who saw the movie “UP”, this is a “squirrel” moment.
Yeah, I just shot you in the leg, but look at that guy’s ugly shoes.