The Republican Platform All Misinformed


I’m glad to not be watching the political conventions, neither Democrat nor Republican, since it’s just a lot of show and hyperbole rather than anything that really interests me, at least this time around. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the platforms they present.

And when it comes to the Republican platform, Nobel-prizing winning economist Paul Krugman pretty much nails it:

Still, I get the essence. The GOP campaign is based on five main themes, three negative and two positive.

Negative:

The claim that Obama denigrated businessmen, saying that they didn’t build their own firms — which isn’t true.
The claim that Obama has gutted Medicare to pay for the expansion of health insurance — which isn’t true.
The claim that Obama has eliminated the work requirement for welfare — which isn’t true.

Positive:

The claim that Ryan has a plan to balance the budget — which isn’t true.
The claim that Romney has a plan for economic recovery — which isn’t true. (The Economist: “The Romney Programme for Economic Recovery, Growth and Jobs” is like “Fifty Shades of Grey” without the sex).

 Hmm, seems like there’s a pattern. Could it be, oh, I don’t know, complete misrepresentation of all relevant facts?

Then again, what do I know? Aren’t there two sides to every issue?

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