September 1, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Jon Stewart: Individual Success According to Paul Ryan — and more
Jon Stewart: Perhaps you’d like to expand on this week’s theme that any successful business is solely the result of individual achievement…
Paul Ryan (RNC speech): And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by, you have not failed, your leaders have failed you.
Jon Stewart: Time-out chiseled chin, McNiceyFace. — laughter — He’s really good lookin’. — laugther — Let me get this straight. So if your dry cleaning business succeeds with a Democrat in office: You Built That! — But if your dry cleaning business fails with a Democrat in office: Government Fucked You! — laughter & cheers —
The above was part of Jon Stewart’s fact-checking of Paul Ryan’s Republican National Convention speech. No offense to Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers, but if a vice presidential candidate is being fact-checked (accurately and humorously) by a Comedy Central show, it’s a sad day in America.
A few Paul Ryan “facts”, or as Jon Stewart put it, “convenient truths”:
Paul Ryan (RNC speech): $716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.
Jon Stewart: What? You mean the $716 billion reduction in payments mostly to providers, the exact same amount Republicans also propose to cut from Medicare, in their highly praised…what’s the name of it? — Ryan Budget
Paul Ryan (RNC speech): He [Obama] created a new bi-partisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.
Jon Stewart: Oh right, that was the Bowles-Simpson proposal that was never officially presented to congress because it was voted down by a blue-eyed dream boat named: Ryan
Paul Ryan (RNC speech): Right there at that plant [GM factory in Wisconsin] candidate Obama said, “I believe if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years.” That’s what he said in 2008. — That plant didn’t last another year. — The recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
Jon Stewart: Yeah, except that plant announced in June of 2008 that it would be stopping production. Hold on a second… Siri, who was president in June 2008? — “George Bush” — Thank you Siri, you’re the best.
Watch the final portion of the segment: