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hetoric v. Reality: A Viewer’s Guide to Rep. Paul Ryan’s State of the Union Response

Jan. 25th 2010

Rhetoric v. Reality: A Viewer’s Guide to Rep. Paul Ryan’s State of the Union Response 

From The Politico: “FIRST LOOK: GOP RESPONSE: House “Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, in his State of the Union rebuttal, will call for an end to ‘Washington’s spending binge,’ ... [contending that] the past two years failed to stem historic unemployment … [H]e will emphasize the need to cut federal spending to boost job creation.” 

Rhetoric: “[Ryan will contend that] the past two years failed to stem historic unemployment.”

 

Reality:  December was the 12th straight month of job growth in the private sector with 113,000 jobs added -- and more than 1.3 million added in 2010.  See: http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=3317 

 

 

Rhetoric: “[H]e will emphasize the need to cut federal spending to boost job creation.” 

 

More Rhetoric to Look Out for Tonight

 

When Ryan Says: Entitlement reform


When Ryan Says:
Medicare sustainability, path to sustainability, Medicare reform, unfunded health care entitlements (also see: market forces, free market, competition)

When Ryan Says: Retirement security

 

When Ryan Says: Market forces, competition, free markets

 

When Ryan Says: Spending binge, boosting private-sector job creation by cutting spending

 

When Ryan Says: Shared sacrifice, a tax code that maximizes competitiveness and economic growth