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September 20, 2011 1:59 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Rep. Ryan: Americans Are Wrong To Support President Obama On Fairer Taxes

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September 19, 2011 9:51 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 18, 2011

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September 19, 2011 9:32 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 18, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a litany of standard GOP untruths. On CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) repeated the favorite false Republican talking point of late: that businesses aren't hiring because of "uncertainty." He was joined in his lie by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and presidential candidate Herman Cain, both of whom appeared on Fox News Sunday. Both Cain and Ryan also revived an old piece of misinformation — that raising taxes on top earners would disproportionately harm small businesses — which was echoed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). For his part, Graham misrepresented the public's opinion on taxing the wealthy, and absurdly claimed that "everything" — including unemployment — is worse because of President Obama's policies. Ryan dredged up some old lies about the House-passed GOP budget's effects on Medicare, which it would essentially destroy, and then falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board puts bureaucrats in charge of "rationing."

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September 15, 2011 1:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan: "Obviously Infrastructure Does Create Jobs," But Businesses Need "Certainty"

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August 16, 2011 11:32 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Refuses To Face Voters This August, But 'Welcomed The Debate' In 2009

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August 11, 2011 6:40 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Social Security Schemes Would Only Harm Retirees

As the anniversary of Social Security nears, it's important to remember how Republicans have approached the program. Beginning with a Bush-era commission on Social Security reform and continuing up through Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) "Roadmap for America's Future," Republicans have sought over the last decade to disrupt the Social Security system via a variety of schemes. Their proposals, which have often included privatization plans and "progressive price indexing," would introduce uncertainty into retirees' lives by attaching payouts to the ups and downs of the market, and would amount to substantial benefit cuts for many Americans.

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August 08, 2011 10:01 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

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August 08, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

The highlight of yesterday's Sunday political talk shows was Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) deceptive performance on Fox. Ryan misled on a range of topics, from the causes of the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, to the drivers of that debt, to President Obama's policy positions, to the reasons businesses aren't expanding today, with plenty of stops in between. By comparison, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) dishonesty about Afghanistan and Social Security, Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) bogus economic statistics, and Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) deceit on deficits under President Bush and Democrats' willingness to cut spending were barely even blips on the radar.

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August 02, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Fact Check

Op-Eds From Reps. Ryan And Pitts Filled With Health Care Lies

As a deal on the debt crisis was being reached, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) refocused their energy on lying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorting its impact on job creators, seniors and economy. In Politico op-eds, the congressmen attacked the health care waivers granted, cited the debunked McKinsey study as proof of the ACA's supposed negative impact on hiring, and condemned the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for harming seniors by denying care. Rep. Ryan also rehashed the tired claim that the ACA cut $500 billion from Medicare and falsely asserted the ACA has "weakened our economy and accelerated out-of-control government spending" while touting his "Path to Prosperity" budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

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July 29, 2011 6:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Johnson Walks Back Claim That Default "Doesn't Have To Be A Crisis"

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July 28, 2011 6:52 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Paul Ryan: "Let's Pass A Bill To Cover The Moon With Yogurt"

From a July 28, 2011, speech on the floor of the House of Representatives:

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July 28, 2011 6:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan: "Let's Pass A Bill To Cover The Moon With Yogurt"

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July 14, 2011 2:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Gingrey Fails In Attempt To "Accurately" Describe Difference Between "Premium Support" And "Voucher"

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July 13, 2011 8:46 am ET filed under Blog

Secretary Sebelius Explains To Rep. Ryan Why IPAB Doesn't Take Power Away From Congress

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July 07, 2011 3:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Accidental Honesty: GOP Leaders Shed Light On True Priorities

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July 07, 2011 1:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan: No Need To Raise Revenue Because Tax Increases Already Coming In 2013

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July 05, 2011 1:42 pm ET filed under Blog

After Backing Tax Breaks For Big Oil, Sen. Johnson Tells Poor Kids To Tighten Belts

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June 21, 2011 5:09 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Johnson: "We Don't Have To Fear Not Increasing The Debt Ceiling"

From the June 21, 2011, edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:

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June 20, 2011 5:50 pm ET filed under Blog

Conservative Group Airs Dishonest Ad Defending GOP Medicare Plan

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June 20, 2011 1:17 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Praises Medicare Fraudster Rick Scott As "Health Care Expert"

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June 16, 2011 11:00 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan's Economic Philosophy In 140 Characters Or Less

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June 14, 2011 11:13 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan's Misinformation Tour De Force

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June 14, 2011 10:53 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ryan's Misinformation Tour De Force

In an op-ed on FoxNews.com titled "Obama's Economic Experiment Has Failed - Time to Get Back to What Works," Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) put forward a slew of mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods to attack President Obama's economic record. Ignoring that Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression — and that his Recovery Act helped prevent an even greater economic downturn — Ryan asserted that the Recovery Act has "failed to create jobs." To this end, Ryan also deceptively cited lackluster May jobs numbers and a report that preceded Obama's inauguration. Ryan also attacked the president's signature policies, including financial and health care reform, baselessly asserting that they didn't fix "the problems they were intended to address." He touted his own plan to 'save Medicare' (even though the GOP budget plan would dismantle the Medicare system) and falsely claimed that President Obama doesn't have any plan to address the program. He threw around meaningless catch words like "uncertainty" to attack Obama's tax policy, and misleadingly stated that the U.S.'s corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world, when in fact the effective tax rate is lower than many other developed countries. And despite the numerous tax cuts Obama and Democrats passed over Republican objections, Ryan attacked the president for tax hikes on job creators.

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June 10, 2011 12:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ribble's Top Medicare "Facts" Are All Falsehoods

In an op-ed published yesterday in the Green Bay Press Gazette, Tea Party freshman Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) claims that "there has been a vigorous and organized attempt to distort the Republican's fact-based plan to save Medicare." He then proceeds to vigorously distort facts by enumerating three lies regarding Medicare, including scare tactics related to rationing and the overall solvency of the program.

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June 10, 2011 11:02 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Duffy To Constituent: Your Only Rights "In Our Constitution" Are Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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June 08, 2011 3:44 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan's Truth Deficit

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June 03, 2011 3:55 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan Fits Six Lies Into A Single Minute

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June 03, 2011 3:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Republicans Suddenly Embrace Fact-Checkers Who Routinely Call Them Liars

In order to attack Democrats' credibility on the House-passed Republican budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have recently cited independent fact-checkers' analyses Democratic statements about the GOP plan to dismantle the Medicare system. But those same fact-checking organizations routinely point out Republicans' false claims — including their distortions about how their plan would affect Medicare. And while those organizations have taken issue with specific phrasing or excessive rhetoric from Democrats, it's well-established that the Republican plan would, in fact, turn Medicare into a voucher system that would shift rising health care costs onto future seniors rather than preserving the Medicare program as-is.

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June 02, 2011 11:46 am ET filed under Blog

The GOP's Clear Pattern Of Hypocritical Complaints About Accurate Criticism

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May 27, 2011 12:24 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Still Attacking Dems Over Health Care Savings They've Adopted Themselves

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