August 17, 2012 by Julia
Of course, MoveOn.org lies everywhere one of its representatives is speaking, but in this case, it was my train station. Seriously, I got off the train, and there were three guys wearing bright pink placards with slogans such as “Fire Romney!” on them, handing out papers. Obviously, I had to take the papers. Here is what I got:
(If you have any interest in using the scans, I do have larger files, they’re just huge. I have no problem sharing them. Also, yes, the first page really was cut off like that)
After a little Googling, I learned that these gentlemen were visiting the train station as part of this event. If the outright lies on the “pink slip” made you laugh, read the site. Seriously. “Ryan is an extremist ideologue who wants to end Medicare.” Not “end Medicare as we know it,” just “end Medicare.” Classic.
The “pink slip” isn’t much better, though. First of all, the entire concept is weird. Why would a liberal organization have the authority to “fire” or “terminate” a Republican presidential ticket? Wouldn’t that have to be done by Republicans? Second of all–oh my gosh, the lies! The lies! How dare Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan use FACTS, MATH, and EXACT QUOTES to criticize the President? Why, that’s “lying and misrepresenting!” When did either Romney or Ryan lie about their “personal work history?” What “record” is Romney (I assume that he is the “his,” since they abruptly switch to the singular) hiding? Oh, because he didn’t pay taxes for 10 years? Or because he’s a felon? And look, the “outsourcing pioneer” makes a comeback!
The “experts” who say that the Ryan budget will cost 1 million jobs in a year seem to be various people who work for the “shared prosperity” think-tank Economic Policy Institute, who wrote a series of reports (combined here) that apparently no one has bothered to debunk because no one who isn’t a socialist or anti-Leftist watchdog has heard of this outfit before. I’ll remind you, however, that the Tax Policy Center report has been repeatedly debunked.
Personally, I find one of the most hilarious things to be the assertion that Romney and Ryan specifically intend to raise taxes on the middle class for sole purpose of giving tax cuts to the rich (aka “Romneyhood”). There is, of course, no citation for this, but I presume MoveOn.org is relying on noted tax policy expert Barack Obama. Here‘s a general list of counter-points to the Romneyhood theory; the Wall Street Journal also disagrees.
Page 2 is less interesting, because it’s just a summary of Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare. It’s not neutral but also not incredibly critical–I’ve seen headlines more critical than that whole analysis (it even proves Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wrong). Was really the best op-ed or report they could find?
If this is the best MoveOn.org could do even with all that Soros money, I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at this one.