#lyinryan

Well if that hashtag isn't already trending I'll be very surprised!

Watching the RNC on Wednesday night Connie and I were impressed by Paul Ryan's speech. He certainly sounded like a smart fellow with lots of "leadership" potential. And he had a lot of detailed "facts" at his fingertips. Although I am a Canadian with deep affection for a kind of socialized medicine which is faa..aar to the left of "Obama-Romney-Care" I have to admit that I was impressed. I hadn't known that Obama's right wing medical plan was going to steal $716 billion from the existing medicare plan for the elderly, or that that Obama had ignored the recommendations of the Simpson Bowles deficit-cutting comission, or that he had promised to maintain that GM plant in Janesville but had not included it in his plan for saving the company (which actually DID happen!). But then I read that Fox news (of all places) had said that all these claims were FALSE and "Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech." (I don't actually follow Fox usually, so I only got that news via Salon).

I wasn't surprised to hear that a slim and trim guy who can play so fast and loose with the facts is also a pretty fast runner and that his best marathon time was under three hours - but then it turns out that his own brother has exposed that as a lie also. In fact his ONLY marathon took over FOUR hours! (Not that I should diss that, as my own only effort was no better. But I can still remember the pain, and much as I would like to, it is hard to imagine remembering it as taking less than three hours.)

But now I am wondering if this guy has ever told the truth about anything. How many more lies are lying out there waiting to be revealed?

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