During the Vice Presidential Debate Paul Ryan displayed for America how he has a bad habit of doing one thing and saying another. Otherwise known as malarkey. Ohioans are not in the market for malarkey.

Paul Ryan cut funding for US embassies, and then pretended to forget that fact when our embassy was attacked.

In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration’s request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 — cutting back on the department’s request by $331 million. As the Washington Post noted, for fiscal year 2013, “the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration.”

 Ryan said we shouldn’t project weakness to our enemies, and then he projects weakness to our enemies by claiming our embassy was attacked because the President ignored requests for more security.

We should be blaming the criminals who attacked our embassy for the attack on our embassy. We should stand unified against them. The process of allocating resources for embassy security is a complex one, and not something that should be thrown around as a cheap political talking point.

“The Department of State regularly assesses risk and allocation of resources for security, a process which involves the considered judgments of experienced professionals on the ground and in Washington, using the best information available. The assault that occurred on the evening of Sept. 11, however, was an unprecedented attack by dozens of heavily armed men.”

 ~ Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy a four-decade veteran of the Foreign Service speaking about the attack on the Benghazi embassy

 Ryan claims he will give honesty to the American people and then he lies to our faces.  

At the end of the vice presidential debate when Ryan was asked by the moderator what he, as a man, would give the country that no one else could, his immediate answer was “honesty.” This after spending the previous hour and a half telling lie after bald-faced lie.

During the debate Ryan told at least 24 lies in 40 minutes. Think Progress did a great job of fact checking him through the debate. Read their summary at this link.  

Ryan claims he will save social programs and then he works to destroy them.

During the debate Ryan said, “We’re not going to run away. Medicare and Social Security did so much for my own family. We are not going to jeopardize this program, but we have to save it…”

I watched the debate at Dempsey’s with Nuns on the Bus Ohio. The nuns point out that Ryan’s budget proposal would slash funding for the needy and give tax cuts to the rich. You can read more about the nuns and their resistance to Ryan’s heartless policy ideas at this link.

Who do you believe: Social Justice Nuns or #LyinRyan?


 Ryan says he’s a numbers guy who is really into math and then he gives us NO MATH!

The moderator from the Vice Presidential Debate tried repeatedly to get numbers from him…

RADDATZ: Well, let’s talk about this 20 percent. You have refused — and, again — to offer specifics on how you pay for that 20 percent across-the-board tax cut. Do you actually have the specifics? Or are you still working on it, and that’s why you won’t tell voters?

Retired four-star General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Wesley Clark has a bit of advice for Paul Ryan and his crew…

“Say what you mean and mean what you say. “


Friday morning I attended a press conference with Columbus City Councilmember Zach Klein and General Wesley Clark. They spoke about how Mitt Romney’s plans will hurt the middle class and make America less secure.

During the event, Gen. Clark pointed out that Ryan and Romney are all bluster and no beef when it comes to foreign policy. Councilman Klein spoke about domestic policy issues and protecting the social safety net from a Romney/Ryan ticket.

Gen. Clark described how President Obama has been a strong and responsible leader who has invested in veterans and the middle class, confronted our enemies without hesitation, and strengthened our alliances while remaining true to the values that make our nation great.

Both Councilmember Klein and General Clark had brilliant things to say. Here’s my video of their comments…

So which do you want- Malarkey and incompetence, or honesty and leadership?


You can only have a say in the matter if you get out and vote.


And I suggest you vote early to avoid any shenanigans on Election Day. Those who spew malarkey often resort to shenanigans in the end.


Story by Lauren Michelle Kinsey

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  • Congressman Ryan has at this point displayed such hypocrisy and such a mishandling of the truth that I fear him a profoundly negative example for everyone. Democrats and Republicans need to be able to live peacefully and work together – but we can’t to that with politicians like him trying to play both sides, work the system, and lie to get as many votes as they can. It’s really disheartening. The stimulus funds are a perfect example. As is in the debate when he admitted to the two letters he wrote the Vice President from Wisconsin, only after being called out. There were actually four. The moderator, kindly, offered him the chance to clear up confusion over the Romney “tax plan” – and he refused. Fatal error. Taxes are, essentially, what politicians plan to do with “your hard earned money” and this is, of course, serious business for *any citizen. And he would not even elaborate on any specifics or offer any details on what their plan was? That is not okay.
    Now, do we even need to go into the fact that the congressmen voted *against American women being able to be paid at the same rate as American men for doing the same work?
    This is not American. It never was and it never will be.
    There is no “good” principle there. No integrity. And that does matter. It matters a great deal.

  • Think.

    This is an outstanding article, Lauren, and you are so right- Ohioans must not buy into this incompetence and malarkey from Lyin’ Ryan nor Myth Romney. Liars never win!

  • Mr. Apathy

    Joe Biden drafted the core of the Patiot Act in 1995 as the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act. That and voting for two wars he’s blaming on Bush. Wow what hypocrisy.

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