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September 23, 2010 12:11 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP "Young Guns" Clash Over Earmark Ban

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September 14, 2010 10:53 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Doesn't Deny Tax Cuts For The Rich Failed, Can't Explain Why They Are Important

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September 14, 2010 9:00 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan On America's Unnecessary Miracle

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September 13, 2010 2:27 pm ET filed under Blog

"Young Guns," Old Ideas: GOP Puts New Faces On Failed Policies

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September 13, 2010 2:19 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Gun" Rep. Paul Ryan Lies About His "Roadmap For America's Future"

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeatedly mislead readers on Republican policy proposals.  In his section of the book, Rep. Paul Ryan paints a deceptively rosy picture of his "Roadmap for America's Future." In reality, the plan will dismantle Social Security and Medicare, restrict access to health insurance, slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans, and raise taxes on working middle class families.

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September 13, 2010 2:19 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Miss The Target With Recovery Act Falsehoods

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeat the same old dishonest talking points about the Recovery Act.  Cantor argues that the GOP's "alternative stimulus" would have created "twice the jobs at half the cost," while Ryan and McCarthy suggest that President Obama's bill "failed." In reality, the "twice the jobs" claim was based on a mathematical formula that Republicans admitted they didn't understand and the deficit would have remained nearly the same under the Republican proposal.  Meanwhile, the Recovery Act has created millions of jobs, boosted GDP, and put American on the path to recovery.

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September 13, 2010 2:18 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Stick To "Government Takeover" Talking Points And "Rising Premiums" Deceptions

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attack the Affordable Care Act using predictable and dishonest buzzwords. They repeatedly call it a "government takeover" or "government healthcare" that will inflate insurance costs. Rep. Ryan implicitly acknowledges that as written, the law will reduce the deficit — but he claims that won't happen because future lawmakers will lack the political will to enact its provisions. Despite their rhetoric, the fact remains that the Affordable Care Act will insure 10% of the country with just a 1% increase in health care spending (meaning the cost per unit of insurance will go down); premiums will hold steady or fall for most Americans; and we'll see a substantial increase in the amount of coverage people can purchase, all without a government takeover of health care.

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September 13, 2010 2:18 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Go Nuclear With Bogus Process Complaints

In addition to the predictable Republican distortions of health care policy, Young Guns reprises a series of disingenuous complaints about the process by which the Affordable Care Act became law.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) condemns Senate Democrats for allegedly using reconciliation — which he falsely calls the "nuclear option" — to pass health care reform.  In reality, though, the bill passed with 60 votes under normal rules, and reconciliation was only used pass budgetary fixes that even Republicans claimed to support.  Furthermore, Republicans regularly employed reconciliation when they were in power, including for the deficit-busting Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.

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September 13, 2010 2:17 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Lie About Energy

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeat the same old dishonest talking points about clean energy legislation and the party's American Energy Act.  Contrary to the trio's false claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.  And at a time when Americans are seeking new solutions to rebuild our economy and break our dependence on foreign energy sources, House Republicans have proposed the failed policies pursued by President Bush.

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September 13, 2010 2:17 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Gun" Rep. Paul Ryan's Earmark Hypocrisy

In an attempt to bolster his fiscal conservative bona fides in Young Guns, Rep. Paul Ryan criticizes a previous class of Republicans for "succumb[ing] to the earmark culture" in order to get reelected. However, Rep. Ryan is in no position to throw stones at others. The last time he was up for reelection, he obtained over $5 million in earmarks for his home state, including nearly $1.4 million for the "Ice Age National Scenic Trail."

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September 13, 2010 1:28 pm ET filed under Foreign Policy Matters

"Young Guns" Take Aim At Middle East Peace

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