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Letter: Ryan called 'liar' over speech at GOP convention, he says

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TO THE EDITOR: Fact-checkers are having a a field day over Paul Ryan's acceptance speech as vice presidential nominee at the Republican convention.

FactCheck.org reported at length on five major false claims and misleading statements Ryan made to the cheering delegates. In the short version, they said that Ryan:

1. Accused President Obama's health care law of funneling money away from Medicare "at the expense of the elderly." In fact, Medicare's chief actuary says the "law substantially improves" the system's finances, and Ryan himself has embraced the same savings.

2. Accused Obama of doing "exactly nothing" about recommendations of a bipartisan deficit commission--which Ryan himself helped scuttle.

3. Claimed the American people were "cut out" of stimulus spending. Actually, more than a quarter of all stimulus dollars went to tax relief for workers.

4. Faulted Obama for failing to deliver on a campaign promise to keep a Wisconsin plant open. It closed less than a month before Obama took office.

5. Blamed Obama for the loss of an AAA credit rating for the U.S. Actually, Standard and Poor blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of both Republicans and Democrats.

We voters aren't as dumb as we look. Blatant lies just won't cut it after a while, even if some want to believe them. As for Mitt Romney's running mate, the mainstream media finally used the word "liar" and documented what he said.

My advice to campaign operatives is to get each campaign ad and statement vetted by at least two fact-check organizations and then brag about their veracity.

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