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GOP: You Can Put Lipstick On Paul Ryan, But He Is Still Paul Ryan

Updated on September 2, 2012

Paul Ryan Needs More Than Lipstick To Cover His Dishonesty

Congressman Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for Vice-President, has always been so concerned about the welfare of this country that on the evening of Barack Obama's Inauguration in 2009, he was meeting with about 15 other equally patriotic leaders of the Republican party, strategizing about just how they could best work with the new President to save the economy and the people of this country from the worst recession the U.S. had seen since The Great Depression.

Over 700,000 Americans were losing their jobs every month, thousands of others were losing their homes, health care and retirement accounts. The country was in crisis and these men were doing the only thing that true patriots could do. Their candidate had lost the election, but they were determined, for the good of the country, to put aside their disappointment and act like the statesmen that the people had elected them to be. For the good of the country...

Truth be told, Paul Ryan and his patriotic buddies were doing just the opposite. They were plotting to destroy this new President even if it meant jeopardizing the country and every single man, woman and child in it. The struggles of the American people took a back seat to their insatiable need to regain power. These honorable men concluded, during their meeting, that they would do everything in their power to block all efforts to strengthen the economy. If anything, they wanted to make the economy worse and then blame it on the President. Anything that Obama proposed, they would oppose. The entire Republican caucus was briefed and they were in lock step. It became, as GOP Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, so succinctly put it, "Our primary goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term President."

Paul Ryan Minus Lipstick

Anyone who wears makeup knows that makeup hides flaws and blemishes. Blemishes can be covered, but when the makeup comes off, the blemishes and flaws are still there. It is much the same with Paul Ryan. After that meeting with his fellow Republican patriots, Ryan went to work. He authored, proposed and passed a "GOP fix-it" budget called "The Path to Prosperity", which gutted Medicare, Medicaid, school lunches for children, food stamps, education and every other social program that was serving to help the millions of economically devastated victims of the recession.

It should be noted that when Paul Ryan was writing his budget, he had been engaging in a years-long love affair with the Russian atheist Ayn Rand, who most notably believed that anyone who was poor, disabled, or not contributing to society by working (laid-off workers and seniors) were parasites and leeches who merited no assistance. Indeed, Rand's philosophy was that any country that helps the poor is foolish and she was able, many say, to seduce Congressman Ryan into adopting and promoting those beliefs.

While Ryan's budget had no compassion for anyone that was suffering, it showed much compassion for people in this country who were doing well. In fact, while Ryan abolished any safety net of substance for ordinary Americans, "The Path to Prosperity" created a much needed safety net for the rich. By gutting social programs that help millions of Americans, Ryan decided that that this country could afford to give an additional (on top of the Bush Tax cuts) $4.6 TRILLION dollars in tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy.

Rape Amnesia and Paul Ryan

In May of 2011, prior to his use of lipstick, Paul Ryan co-sponsored and voted for a bill that was designed, not to help the American people during economic crisis, but to redefine rape. In the bill (HR3), there were different degrees of rape. "Forcible rape" became, in essence, the only "legitimate rape". According to the bill Ryan co-sponsored, women who said no, but didn't physically fight the rapist were not victims of forcible rape, women who were drugged and raped were not victims of forcible rape, women who were verbally threatened and then raped were not forcibly raped and minors impregnated by adult men were not to be considered rape victims, either. Perhaps Ryan and his patriotic friends believed that the only victims of forcible or legitimate rape were dead rape victims.Even the stories of dead women could be questioned because it might have just been rough sex gone bad.

During the GOP convention, when Ryan was questioned about Todd Akin and his comment about "legitimate rape", Ryan was apparently suffering from rape amnesia because he repeatedly said, "Rape is rape." He must have forgotten that Todd Akin is not an aberration, but HR3 is clear evidence that Todd Akin IS the Republican philosophy, and "Rape is Not rape", unless you are trying to appeal to women voters as a vice-presidential candidate.

Just in case you believe that Paul Ryan might be unfriendly to women, let me assure you that you are incorrect. It just depends on whether he is wearing lipstick or not. If you ask the question "Do you believe that women should be paid an equal wage for doing the same job as a man?", the Paul without lipstick will vote against The Fair Pay Act because he did. The Paul with lipstick will tell you that the government under Obama is trying to regulate private business.

Paul Ryan loves his mom and not too many men who love their moms can be considered unfriendly to women. Ryan loves her so much that he brought her with him to Florida on a recent campaign stop. He promised the seniors in that community that he would never consider turning his own mom's Medicare into that wonderful voucher system he proposes in his budget. In addition, anyone 55 or older (even men) won't have their Medicare stripped either. Ryan says that his great plan for voucherizing Medicare is only for moms(and dads) younger than 55, say 54...

If you believe for one minute that Paul Ryan will protect anyone 55 or older from losing their Medicare, you just haven't made him vice-president yet. Take a chance with Paul Ryan as vice-president and Mitt Romney (who applauds Ryan's budget) as President and you deserve to lose everything they take from you.

Paul Ryan has voted against every jobs bill that would help all Americans including women, to get jobs and he also loves women so much that he voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Loving women...

The GOP Introduction of Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan has been touted as the conservative's conservative. He will be the driving force behind any Mitt Romney presidency and he has excited the Republican base.

Think Progress, on August 17, 2012, ran an illuminating column that, among other things, talked about Paul Ryan and his fiscal conservatism. In part, it said: " A Center for American Progress Action Fund analysis shows that Ryan voted to add a grand total of $6.8 Trillion to the federal debt during his time in Congress, voting for at least 65 bills that either reduced revenue or increased spending."

Of course, those additions to the deficit came at the behest of a Republican president. Ryan voted for the two wars, the Bush tax cuts and Medicare Part D. Those things were NOT paid for, but Ryan had no problem putting them on the national debt clock that figured so prominently at the GOP Convention. There was no mention of that at the Convention.

The night Ryan gave his acceptance speech, the Republican faithful went wild. The day after, however, nearly every reputable news source in this country, including Republican-leaning newspapers pointed out the many lies and distortions that were contained in the speech.

When confronted regarding those lies and distortions, Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign pollster said, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

Of course not, it is much easier to put lipstick on Paul Ryan...


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  • Nathan Orf profile image

    Nathan Orf 5 years ago

    Having read "The Path to Prosperity", I can wholeheartedly and without regret agree with what you say in this hub. The plan should really be titled "The Path to Poverty".

    I want to like Paul Ryan. I really do. But his policies, his stance on long term problems like the debt and deficit, and his record in Congress make liking him really hard to do.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan seem likable enough to me, but I will not be voting for them. The thought of what they would do if elected to the White House is just to terrifying for me to take that risk.

    Great hub, funny, interesting and voted up!

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    Sooner28 5 years ago

    Amazing anyone would talk about Paul Ryan's leadership.

    He has bucked nothing. He has mindlessly accepted the major cultural assumptions of the time HE GREW UP, not even changing when the evidence requires it.

    He actually voted in 1999 to ban gay couples from adopting. Something else hilarious? He voted FOR the stimulus he so decries, and his letters requesting stimulus funds for his district is public record.

    Quite amusing if you ask me.

  • Jillian Barclay profile image

    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    Thanks, Jo! I really do try.


    In the interest of allowing Ryan to respond, in which he continued to be dishonest, I approved your link. People can make up their own minds. But I would suggest that they also read this from Politifact:

    As for the plant in Janesville, it was closed before Obama took office and if this government had not rescued the auto industry, ALL American auto plants would be closed now. The simple fact is that if we had allowed them to go into bankruptcy, there were NO investors willing to step up, not even Bain Capital. Look it up!

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

    A-men! You said everything perfectly and consice. I was able to *fact check*. You did an Amazing job! Voted this up. shared and I will be passing it along. We need to repeatedly flood twitter & facebook with the link to this hub! cheers! :)

  • The Frog Prince profile image

    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Here's an unaired and unedited interview with Brian Williams about the false "fact checking" concerning Ryan's speech. You should probably allow your readers to get the whole picture Jillian.

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    Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

    I just read an internet article that said Ryan's former girlfriend was black. His sister-in-law is black. What is going on with this man. What is he trying to do, beat out Obama? I marked you up.

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    Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

    ib radmasters,

    Allow me to respond to your comment:

    1) I believe the "metaphor" you are referring to is the lipstick on Paul Ryan. Please let me know if I am wrong. You might want to research the origins of the rhetorical expression.

    From the Urban Dictionary:

    A term used by many, generally in reference to someone who may be trying to make something or someone look appealing or attractive when it quite clearly will not work, or will only deceive the dumbest of people.

    It may be repulsive to you, but it is clearly not sexist.

    2) The Presidential race IS between President Obama and Willard Romney. However, to suggest that the Vice-Presidential race is any less important ignores the responsibilities of the office. Again I suggest that you examine history, even recent history. Not only does the vice-president assume the office of the Presidency if the President cannot carry out his duties, but recent history has demonstrated that a Vice-President can run the country. I offer you the example of President Bush's first term. I am sure you have heard the "rumors" (I believe them to be fact) that Dick Cheney governed this country.

    I would be more than happy to compare Vice President Biden with Congressman Ryan and believe me, Ryan will need more than lipstick. Even if we were to put perfume on him, he would not come out smelling like a rose...

    3) Obama has spent his time in office trying to solve the problems that this country is facing. Granted, we are not where we need to be, but I blame much of that on (please re-read the first section of this article) the pre-meditated conspiracy hatched by Republicans in Congress.

    If you have issues regarding the President taking a vacation, please research the statistics on President GW Bush, and quite frankly, even President Ronald Reagan. I do not have issues with any President taking a vacation or playing golf or even riding a few horses. If you believe that by taking a vacation they are out of contact with daily life or the running of this country, you are wrong.

    4) As for raising money, too bad, so sad. I am sure that you would love it if the President did not try to raise money for the Presidential race or Democratic Congressional candidates.

    If, God forbid, Romney and Ryan win the election, please suggest that they refrain from trying to raise money during their time in office. I am sure they will take your advice...

    Credibility? Ryan has none.

    What concerns me is that there is an arm of the Republican party that pretends to be a credible news source (Fox News), but is, in fact, a 24 hour a day GOP dishonest ad campaign. Yes, tell a lie often enough and the Fox devotees believe it, and like the Romney campaign, Fox does not allow fact checkers to sway their play.

  • The Frog Prince profile image

    The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Then we have Joe Biden to compare Ryan to. You can put duct tape on Uncle Joe's mouth but he'll start signing his gaffes. I'd take Ryan's leadership over Biden's lack of it any day.

    The Frog

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    Howard Schneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Great analysis, Jillian. Paul Ryan talks a smooth game but he too has been a flip flopper and goes with the political wind created by his party. His budget plans will destroy our middle class and thus our country.

  • ib radmasters profile image

    ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


    Your comment is not a response to my comment.

    To actually make a response, you have to specifically address the statement that I made in my comment.

    ---try again

    The metaphor is repulsive and sexist.

    The presidential race is Obama v Romney, you really don't want to compare Biden with Ryan.

    Obama has spent three out of his last six years in office campaigning, fund raising, and this year playing golf instead of working at his elected job.

    You must be really worried the Ryan is a credible opponent to Biden.

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    cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

    ib radmasters,

    evidently you think if you throw enough mud, some of it will stick.

  • cathylynn99 profile image

    cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

    ib rad,

    you evidently think that if you sling enough mud, some of it will stick.

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    Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

    Somehow the Republicans still love him. Why, who knows? They are probably being fed a bunch of lies and they seem to believe them. I'm so tired of seeing how great he and Romney are on Facebook and how awful Obama is.

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    Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

    This is very enlightening and well laid out so we can see how the pieces fit; Ryan's been working for some time to disrupt things and turn power back over to his side. Fascinating and useful info.

  • ib radmasters profile image

    ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


    The metaphor is repulsive and sexist.

    The presidential race is Obama v Romney, you really don't want to compare Biden with Ryan.

    Obama has spent three out of his last six years in office campaigning, fund raising, and this year playing golf instead of working at his elected job.

    You must be really worried the Ryan is a credible opponent to Biden.

  • cathylynn99 profile image

    cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

    yup, even right-wing FOX reported on ryan's lies. ryan has no problem with breaking the ninth commandment since it suits. that should lose him the christian vote.

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    Sooner28 5 years ago

    He reminds me of a more polished version of Sarah Palin. It's harder to pick a better corporate cretin. He speaks eloquently, and speaks as though he is serious about his positions.

    Unfortunately, he is what Stephen Colbert calls very "truthy." Is there something written in the GOP code of conduct for Vice Presidential candidates that they must be habitual liars? I'm going to attack Obama for Medicare cuts (which I include in my budget, and add to). I'm going to lie about a factory that closed during the Bush administration and what Obama said when he visited. I'm going to present myself as fiscally responsible, even though I voted for the Bush tax cuts, both wars, the Medicare drug bill, and Tarp. I am Paul Ryan and I will balance this budget!