Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jon Stewart Mocks Media Hypocrisy on Ryan's Substance

Most in the media have concluded Paul Ryan is a guy of substance (debatable), but in their reporting, they've included anything but substance. I especially loved ABC's coverage of Paul Ryan's "noodling" abilities -- he can catch catfish with his bare hands!


Note: Obama's been speaking on issues in all of his campaign speeches. Also, Romney's taxes ARE an issue. If he can't be forthcoming and transparent, why would we want to elect him? We need to know what his conflicts of interest are.

So far, Ryan hasn't made much of an impression.

Paul Ryan is your annoying Libertarian ex-boyfriend.
Like the stealth-libertarian date, Ryan has managed to set himself up as an underdog, a savvy and “courageous” hero railing against the status quo, even though his policy proposals would hasten our trip down the path we’re already on, creating even greater inequality. He might look cute from across the bar, but we already know what’s on his bookshelf at home. And guys like him never get a second date.

Ryan isn't quite the bootstrapper he's made out to be. He also has personal investments in oil and gas, which probably explains why he said Romney/Ryan would eliminate fracking regulators:
Mr. Ryan reported two tax-deferred college savings plans, with a combined value of between $150,000 and $300,000. He also reported two investment partnerships worth, in total, between $350,000 and $750,000, mostly containing shares of stock in well-known companies, including Apple, Goodrich, Kraft Foods, Visa and Whole Foods. Both partnerships were formed by Mr. Ryan and other family members to manage assets left by his grandparents and an aunt. Mrs. Ryan has reported receiving a trust after her mother died in 2010 that is valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to a letter Mr. Ryan filed with his latest financial disclosure. Mrs. Ryan also has longstanding interests in several mining and oil exploration investments in Oklahoma and Texas managed by her father, Dan Little, a lawyer in Oklahoma whose clients include oil and gas companies. Those investments generated as much as $150,000 in income last year. Read more at Esquire