I’m Not One Of Those People

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

“No, I’m not one (of those) people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money.”

  • Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, October 28, 2010
  • Source: Nightside with Dan Rea (includes audio)
  • Context: Recently, AP revealed that Paul Ryan accepted stimulus money while publicly attacking Presidents Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Paul Ryan denied these allegations, but the AP released letters signed by Paul Ryan requesting federal money for his district ( PDF). Even after the release of the letters, Paul Ryan continued to deny accepting any funds, saying that he did not “recall” ever doing so. In total, Ryan’s requests directed tens of millions of dollars in stimulus money to his district, helping create jobs. On October 28, 2010 on Dan Rea’s radio program, a caller had asked Paul Ryan if he “accepted any money” from the stimulus package. Ryan responded with the quote above. Given the mounting evidence that he did in fact ask for stimulus money while publicly denying that he did and attacking the President’s measure, the Romney campaign was forced to respond, saying on August 16, 2012 that Ryan’s office had filed the request, not him personally:

“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that. Regardless, it’s clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again.”

  • Despite Ryan’s claim that the stimulus did not work, most studies show that it did. In fact, many Republicans who publicly decried the stimulus bill secretely accepted stimulus money and took credit for the jobs it created:
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