Taking office amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, President Obama worked quickly to put a floor under the economy and get Americans back to work. The Recovery Act created and saved millions of jobs and put our country on the path to creating 5.2 new private-sector jobs over the past 31 months.
But, in the hopes of scoring political points, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are falsely attacking the President’s emergency economic measures as wasteful spending. Not only is this attack unfounded, it’s deeply hypocritical coming from the Romney-Ryan ticket. After all, Romney called on Congress and the President to “move quickly” on their stimulus plan because the country was in “unusual times” and “a stimulus program [was] needed.”
And Paul Ryan? Here’s what he said, “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.”
But that’s not true: Ryan requested Recovery Act funds himself. Yes, Ryan wrote at least four letters asking for millions in Recovery Act funding—including over $20 million for the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp—in the same year he was “railing against” the Recovery Act. But when asking for the funds, Ryan claimed that the project would “create or retain approximately 7,600 new jobs over the three-year grant period.”
“I was pleased that the primary objectives of the project will stimulate the local and area economy by creating new jobs,” he wrote, “Sincerely, Paul Ryan.”
Romney and Ryan are certainly good at hiding the facts and details for political gain—but they can’t hide from their records. Share this post so people know the truth about the real Romney-Ryan ticket.