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April 06, 2011 1:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Demands Budget Alternative That Obama Released In February

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April 06, 2011 12:53 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan's Medicare Plan Is Not Just Like Federal Employees' Plans

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April 05, 2011 5:53 pm ET filed under Blog

CBO: Seniors, States, Working Americans Stand To Suffer From GOP Budget Plan

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April 05, 2011 4:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan Concedes Vouchers And Premium Supports 'Achieve The Same Result'

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April 05, 2011 3:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget: Lots Of Tax Cuts For The Rich, Not Many Jobs

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April 05, 2011 2:15 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal Misleads On Private-Sector Employment

Today Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his 2012 budget proposal entitled "The Path To Prosperity: Restoring America's Promise." Inside the 73-page document Ryan states that private-sector job growth is "sluggish" compared to the "breakneck speeds" of public-sector growth. This is not true: the private sector has added jobs for 13 straight months while public sector-employment has shrunk steadily. Overall, the private sector has added 923,000 jobs since Obama policies began to reach the economy, while the public sector has shed 350,000 jobs.

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April 05, 2011 1:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Isn't "Serious" — It's Snake Oil

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April 04, 2011 5:07 pm ET filed under Blog

FLASHBACK: Speaker Boehner Promised To "Repeal These Medicare Cuts"

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April 04, 2011 10:51 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 3, 2011

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April 04, 2011 10:47 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 3, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows dedicated most of their time to Libya, but the ongoing budget struggle in D.C. grabbed some attention as well. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on Fox News Sunday to disseminate a standard GOP talking point blaming President Obama and exonerating President Bush for the nation's debt trouble. Ryan also did some laughable cheerleading for his health care plan, which he says is not a voucher system even though the CBO uses the word "voucher" a half-dozen times in describing how the plan would work. Meanwhile, on ABC, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) dissembled about the effects of a balanced budget amendment, and absurdly criticized Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for 'refusing to take up' a partisan House bill that the Senate already voted on.

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March 25, 2011 3:29 pm ET filed under Blog

The Lies They Love To Tell: Republicans On The Affordable Care Act

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March 21, 2011 9:47 am ET filed under Blog

The "Job-Killing" Lie The GOP Loves To Tell

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March 16, 2011 5:54 pm ET filed under Blog

House Republicans: Cut Food Stamps To Save Farm Subsidies

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February 22, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

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February 22, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

With nearly 70,000 protestors out in Madison, WI to reject Gov. Scott Walker's (R) attempt to break the state's public employees unions on Sunday, the morning shows focused almost exclusively on labor disputes — meaning there was plenty of misinformation flying about Wisconsin workers. Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie told Meet the Press that "we're not talking about eliminating collective bargaining," even though that's precisely what Gov. Walker wants to do (he even said as much in his own Sunday morning interview). Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) falsely claimed that Wisconsin public employees don't pay anything toward their health insurance. Meanwhile on Face the Nation, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed the fight in Wisconsin is about "modest shared sacrifice," even though the governor has rejected such "modest" compromises in his drive to bust the unions. Elsewhere, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Rep. Ryan in distorting spending figures, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed there's no reason to think world opinion of the U.S. has gone up in the Obama era.

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February 16, 2011 4:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Washington Post Deems Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Analysis "Absurd"

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February 14, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

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February 14, 2011 9:54 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

With Valentine's Day looming, the Sunday shows provided a timely reminder of the GOP's love for false talking points. While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrongly claimed that President Obama "refused to support" pro-democracy protestors in Iran in 2009, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confined themselves to stale misinformation about the economy. On Fox, Ryan implied that government workers have benefited most from Democrats' economic policies, alleged that President Obama tried to raise taxes by $2 trillion last year, and claimed that the president has increased spending by 84 percent. Meanwhile on NBC, Speaker Boehner told viewers that Obama's policies "destroy jobs." No matter how many times Republican leaders say these things, the facts continue to demonstrate that they're just not true.

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February 11, 2011 2:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ryan Falsely Claims CBO Director Testified That Health Care Law 'Destroys Jobs'

After the CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf testified at the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) posted a tweet saying, "President's health care law will destroy jobs, says CBO." But Rep. Ryan is misrepresenting Elmendorf's testimony, which aligns with an August CBO report saying that there will be a reduction in the supply of labor due to workers voluntarily leaving the workforce — not a reduction in the supply of jobs. The tired Republican talking point that the health care reform law destroys or kills jobs has been repeatedly shown to be false.

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February 11, 2011 10:54 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan Desperately Claims CBO Testimony Proves Health Care Reform 'Destroys Jobs'

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January 28, 2011 4:01 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Moving To Dismantle Medicare

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January 26, 2011 10:47 am ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. McCain Repeats Rep. Ryan's "Nifty" Spending Distortion

This morning on Fox & Friends, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) praised GOP State of the Union responder Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), saying that Ryan "understands these issues better than almost anybody else." Maybe he should have stopped there. Instead, he repeated what PolitiFact calls Rep. Ryan's "nifty accounting maneuver" by saying, "we increased spending by some 84 percent in the last two years." In fact, spending levels have increased but they have not skyrocketed to these levels. In other words, McCain and Ryan deliberately hyperbolize spending numbers to scare the American public.

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January 25, 2011 11:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking Reps. Ryan & Bachmann's Responses To The State Of The Union

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January 25, 2011 10:40 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's State Of The Union Response

In his televised response to President Obama's State of the Union address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) repeated a series of debunked Republican talking points and attacks on Democratic policies. Among other things, Ryan absurdly claimed that the Recovery Act "failed" to create jobs, overstated Obama's role in creating the current debt, and stubbornly insisted that the Affordable Care Act will increase the deficit, even though nonpartisan experts say that he's wrong.

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January 25, 2011 2:04 pm ET filed under Blog

What Rep. Paul Ryan Won't Say In His State Of The Union Response

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January 25, 2011 1:56 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Reasons To Believe Rep. Paul Ryan's SOTU Response Will Be No More Than Partisan Bluster

GOP Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is slated to give the Republican response to Obama's State of the Union address this evening. Having spent his time in the House avoiding the rhetorical excesses of the likes of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — who is giving her own unofficial response — Ryan is an unsurprising but worrisome choice, indicating that the GOP has no intention of trying to play it straight with the American people despite retaking the majority in the House in November. A partisan to the core, Ryan has made a habit of launching falsehood-laden attacks on the Democratic agenda and on President Obama, and he introduced a troubling plan — the "Roadmap For America's Future" — that would eliminate Medicare and Social Security while raising taxes on the lower classes and cutting them for the rich. Ryan's actions have shown him to be willing to stand by the party line — and at times, push that line further — at the cost of the truth and the good of the country.  

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January 19, 2011 12:25 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Debunking The Republican Claim That Health Care Reform Adds "$701 Billion" To The Debt

At the outset of the floor debate on the GOP's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) laid out the Republican case that Democrats bamboozled the CBO with "smoke and mirrors," and the reform package actually "has a $701 billion deficit." Ryan claimed the CBO score relies on 'double-counting' of savings to Medicare and some tax revenue, but that is provably false — and Ryan himself admitted last year that the CBO doesn't double-count. Ryan also revived the claim that "$115 billion in new appropriations" for the bill "wasn't counted." But that $115 billion is not "new" spending, it's not mandatory under the bill, and $86 billion of it was counted by the CBO. Finally, Ryan argued that "the doctor fix" adds another $208 billion to the debt, but the "doc fix" is only necessary because the GOP screwed up the formulas for Medicare reimbursement back in 1997. The "doc fix" is a separate legislative issue — and a separate budget item — from the Affordable Care Act.

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January 07, 2011 10:56 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Rails Against CBO On Health Care, But Hypes Report On His Budget Plan

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January 06, 2011 3:07 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Suggests Repeal Bill Is All About 'Framing' For 2012

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January 05, 2011 6:16 pm ET filed under Video

GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan: "I Can't Tell You The Answer" To Specific Spending Cuts

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