Basu’s article on August 30, 2012 was about Paul Ryan, accusing him of being a liar.
Even if it is an opinion article, I’m afraid that using the word “liar” might be a little strong. Basu describes Ryan as “[…] youthful, self-assured, inspired — and prone to lying.” This is an automatic clue that it’s possible some of the facts may be a bit skewed.
The Republican party has been accused of lying, specifically this year, but does that mean Ryan lies?
The video attached to the online column, in my opinion, may have been skewed a bit. When looking up a transcript of the speech, from Huffington Post, it was was word for word, until I came a across a section that wasn’t in the video. When I first watched the video I heard a tiny break, but thought nothing of it, it must just be slow connection on my part. Whether or not people were able to realize there was a break in the video, Basu, and the Des Moines Register should have found a full version of the speech if they had wanted to embed it into the column.
Ryan claims that the President broke a promise to a General Motors plant in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. According to www.politifact.com (a sight given to us by the News Know-How Workshop, also used by our social studies department), Obama spoke during his 2008 campaign in Janesville, stating: “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 hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your president.” This statement is not a promise, but a belief, a belief that it is the governments job to provide help for the people to thrive, though there is no promise in his words. Not to mention the GM factory stopped producing SUVs, laid off 1,200 workers, and “officially” closed on December 23, 2012, about a month before Obama took office, so still during the Bush era. The plant did stay open with some dozen workers to finish and order of trucks under Isuzu Motors.
The IRS confirms that under the Making Work Pay stimulus, every worker got up to $400, $800 for taxpaying married couples.
For the most part I feel that Rekha Basu’s facts check out, my only complaint is that I wish that the video of Ryan’s speech was the full speech, not cut up portions.
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