Flashback: Dems Claims That Ryan Would End Medicare Named "Lie of the Year"

August 12, 2012 at 10:03 am (Bill Nelson, David Axelrod, Democrats, End Medicare, Harry Reid, Julian Schreibman, Lie of the Year, Lying, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Paul Tonko, Politifact)

The question is, how do they sort through all of the lies coming out of the Democrat party during the course of an entire year?

The first line of attack against Paul Ryan out of the Democrat party has clearly been the claim that he wants to end Medicare.

Paul Tonko (D-NY):

Governor Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan confirms his commitment to the radical Republican budget. As the lead author of this extreme thinking, Paul Ryan proposed and Tea Party House Republicans passed a budget that would end the Medicare guarantee as we know it and shift costs onto the backs of seniors….

Julian Schreibman (running against Chris Gibson):

Congressman Chris Gibson’s embrace of that agenda – including supporting Ryan’s budget plan to end Medicare as we know it …

Bill Nelson (D-FL):

Romney VP pick bad for seniors. Signals an end to Medicare as we know it.

David Axelrod (Obama adviser on lying):

President Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod says the Medicare changes supported by Rep. Paul Ryan, the likely Republican vice presidential candidate, would put the popular health-care plan for the elderly in “a death spiral.”

Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader on lying):

By picking Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security & end Medicare as we know it. 

The problem with these claims is that they’re simply untrue.  Left-leaning Politifact even had to squash the Democrat claims back in 2011, naming it the biggest “lie of the year” (h/t Weasel Zippers).

Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.

Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.”

After two years of being pounded by Republicans with often false charges about the 2010 health care law, the Democrats were turning the tables.

PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.

Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.

In fact, if you click on the Poltifact article you’ll see nine different ways the Democrats have made the same claim laid out on the right side of the page.  Each claim that Ryan’s plan would “end Medicare” has been labeled as false, or with the more subtle “pants on fire”.

Here’s video of Paul Ryan actually explaining his plan for Medicare (h/t Twitchy):

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Politifact Backs Up Priebus – Harry Reid IS a Dirty Liar

August 7, 2012 at 7:56 am (10 Years, 2012 Election, Didn't Pay Taxes, Economy, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Pants on Fire, Politifact, President Obama, Reince Priebus, Senate Majority Leader, Squirrel)

Earlier this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus repeated an assertion that Harry Reid is nothing more than a “dirty liar” publicly for a third time.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has upped the ante in his war of words with Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Priebus put all his cards on the table, continuing to hammer the Senate Majority Leader.

“There’s no triple down in blackjack, but I’ll triple down on my comments from yesterday,” Priebus said. “It’s just the truth. What else do you call somebody who goes onto the Senate floor and claims that someone hasn’t paid taxes in ten years, a complete lie, and uses his official office to do it?”

Priebus’ attacks stem from Reid’s interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, where the senator cited a Bain Capital source who claimed that Romney skirted past paying his taxes for 10 years. In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Priebus called it a “made-up issue,” refusing to “respond to a dirty liar” in reference to Reid.

“You just called him a dirty liar,” ABC host George Stephanopoulos asked. “You stand by that — you think Harry Reid is a dirty liar?”

“I just said it,” Priebus said.

Not only does Priebus stand by the statement, so does fact-checking organization Politifact, who has given Reid’s claims that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years a rating of “pants on fire”.

Reid has said Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. It was no slip of the tongue. He repeated the claim on at least two more occasions, at one point saying that “the word is out” when in fact it was only Reid who put that “word” out.

Reid has produced no evidence to back up his claim other than attribution to a shadowy anonymous source. Romney has denied the claim, and tax experts back him up, saying that the nature of Romney’s investments in Bain make it highly unlikely he would have been able to avoid paying taxes altogether — especially for 10 years.

Reid has made an extreme claim with nothing solid to back it up. Pants on Fire!

Seriously, who is actually dumb enough to fall for this tactic?   Aside from Nancy Pelosi of course.  This is nothing more than trying to divert attention away from President Obama’s record yet again.  It is simply Reid’s latest “Squirrel!” tactic.  Unemployment is above 8% again … uh … Squirrel!

The Senate Majority Leader has been reduced to grade school tactics in an effort to defend the worst President in this country’s history.  The man has no shame…

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