Originally Posted by patteeu
I agree, and I hadn't seen this before you posted it either so I had to do the same.
I'm sure you noticed in your research that the numbers Ryan used were both right (if you allow for the mistake about the numbers actually applying to total bankruptcies instead of business bankruptcies). What you're now criticizing him for is exactly the same kind of thing common in politics, i.e. not an outright lie, but a deception using a truth (albeit a partial one), which was why I was laughing at BRC and his belief that Ryan is some kind of unusually serious liar even for a politician.
Let's compare it to the silliness that Direckshun was regurgitating just yesterday that Obama is responsible for the largest tax cut in history. Apparently, that statement is true only if the measure of "largest" is based on number of people affected as opposed to a more natural (or at least more common) understanding, e.g. largest in terms of dollars. Ryan's deception is certainly no more notable than that creative use of the language.
I would tend to agree that Ryan's cherry-picking of a comparison to Carter when the comparison to Bush is more recent but less favorable to him is typical "political lying".
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