Alright, folks…I think Joe Biden brought it last night!!!! He was able to do what a lackluster Barack Obama was not in the first debate last week. In last night’s televised Vice Presidential debate, broadcast live from Kentucky, Joe came out swinging for the fences and never let up on pressuring Paul Ryan to explain his inconsistencies and defend what he has said in the past (which, just like Romney, contradicted nearly every platform those two have been running on for the past 18 months, both as a team and as individuals before the Republican nominating convention last month).
Luckily for all of you, I am interested in more than just the banter and name-calling. Here at TheLeftyWolfe, WE WANT THE FACTS! So, let’s take a look at the some of the real and bogus claims put forth in last night’s battyle royale!
Claim: “Biden said Ryan’s budget called for a $300 million cut to security of the U.S. Embassy in Libya.”
The facts: “Ryan’s budget plan would have cut non-defense discretionary spending by 19% in 2014, according to The Hill newspaper. The blueprint doesn’t specify cuts to embassy security, but the Obama campaign says the figure — if applied across the board — would result in a $300 million decrease in funding for protection, construction and maintenance of all U.S. embassies. The Romney campaign disputed the claim, saying no specific cuts were recommended.” –>–>Isn’t this one of our BIG problems with the Romney campaign??? These absolutely LOVE to talk spending cuts, but never tell us WHERE these cuts will occur? It all sounds way too fishy to me.
Claim: “Biden said that Romney said he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Osama bin Laden.”
The facts: “Romney said in an interview with the Associated Press, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” according to PolitiFact.com. He said the country would be safer by only “a small percentage” and wouldn’t see “a very insignificant increase in safety” because another terrorist would take his place. Romney also said the country should not focus on one person but should have a “broader strategy to defeat the Islamic jihad movement,” according to FactCheck.org. –>–>Don’t we already have this???? Duh! Of course we do!! To even think that our ENTIRE terrorist strategy is focused solely on one person is, perhaps, one of the most idiotic statements I have EVER heard from a candidate. What Obama did, and Bush refused to do, is focus a lot more energy on finding bin Laden than on fighting some needless war in Iraq. Such focus on the actual person who caused 9/11 resulted in catching the mastermind behind the attacks. For all of the Republican bluster about being tough on terrorism, it was a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT (Baby Bush) who refused to even look for the guy! He was too interested in getting revenge in Iraq for Daddy Bush Sr, who was unable in his own presidential term to pu that guy down.
In a subsequent interview with CNBC, Romney clarified that he would aggressively pursue bin Laden but that another terrorist leader would rise to power.”…CAN YOU SAY FLIP-FLOP?!?!? Here goes the Romney Reversal Train yet again, everyone!!! This guy will, quite literally, say anything just to get elected. Stick to your guns for once, Mitt…stop the painfully obvious pandering to each and every audience you speak to.
Claim: Biden said sanctions are damaging Iran’s economy as oil exports drop 50% and its currency falls.
The facts: This is mostly true. Iraq’s exports fell from 2 million barrels of oil a day in early 2012 to 1 million barrels a day by July, though they recovered to 1.2 million barrels by September, according to the Financial Times of London.–>–>Not much to say here!!
Claim: Biden said Ryan’s Medicare plan would force seniors to pay an extra $6,400 per year.
The facts: This figure applies to the first of three Medicare proposals Ryan has made, as he tweaks his core idea of shifting Medicare toward a voucher-based approach for people now younger than 55. It was calculated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning think tank, and confirmed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan think tank which analyzes health care policy.
The most recent version of Ryan’s plan may require seniors to pay as little as $800 a year more than under current law, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported in August.–>–>Hey folks…either way you look at this argument, the Romney-Ryan ticket is admitting that they will force seniors to pay more under Medicare than they currently do. Enough said.
RYAN’S STIMULUS REQUESTS
Claim: Biden said Ryan asked for stimulus funds while rallying against the program.
The facts:The Boston Globe reported in August that Ryan wrote at least four letters to the secretary of Energy in 2009 asking for millions of dollars for two Wisconsin conservation groups. One of the groups received $20 million in stimulus funds, according to the Globe. Ryan initially denied he requested funds, according to ABC News, but soon reversed course, saying that the requests were treated as “constituent services” and “should have been handled differently.”–>–>All aboard the Ryan Flip-Flop train!!! He sure is learning well from Mitt. These guys just refuse to tell the truth.
Claim: Biden said Romney and Ryan are pushing the continuation of a tax cut that will give an additional $500 billion in tax cuts to 120,000 families.
The facts: Biden made this claim referring to the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 during a speech last month in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Romney would make these cuts permanent. Obama wants to end the cuts for taxpayers with incomes of $250,000 and above. At that time, PolitiFact.com checked the claim, noting that if the tax credits were permanently extended, those in the upper tax brackets would benefit. “Overall, the top fifth of earners got 65% of the savings from the Bush cuts as a whole, according to a Tax Policy Center study of the cuts’ impact as of 2010.–>–>You read correctly, folks!!!!..the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 doled out 65% of their savings to the top earning 20% of households. How can so many poor and middle class conservatives keep voting for Republicans when they see stats like this?!?!?! It absolutely baffles my mind. Those morons keep giving blank checks for the Republican party to write to their rich supporters.
Claim: Ryan said a Romney administration would oppose abortion rights except in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.
The facts: Ryan’s voting record is consistent with his statement that he personally opposes abortion rights, and a Romney-Ryan administration has pledged to do the same, with the exceptions he offered. However, in the House of Representatives, Ryan has supported legislation that would restrict abortion rights without those exceptions. Romney has a well-documented history on abortion rights. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported them. As a two-time presidential candidate, he has opposed them.–>–>Welcome to Flip-Flop Central!!!! Yet another case of Romney changing his position based upon the audience to which he is speaking. Will the REAL Mitt Romney please stand up?!?!?!