Did President Barack Obama promise to keep the Janesville GM plant open? No. And Paul Ryan stopped just short of saying that he did, as he accepted his party’s nomination as vice-president last night.
“Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.”
AUDIO: Paul Ryan (:35)
If Obama made a specific promise to keep the GM plant open, I didn’t hear it. The decision to close the plant in Ryan’s home town had already been made in June of that year. What Obama said was more platitude than promise. Ryan didn’t refer to it as a promise, either, but by noting the fact the plant is still closed, his audience was certainly left with that impression.
Ryan never uttered the words, “European-style socialism” last night, either. But the line which really reflected the quintessential, Randian Ryan, was a clear warning of a dystopian future. Does Ryan really believe that that Obama, and the Democrats, are intent on creating a nation of feckless layabouts? It would appear so.
“None of us should have to settle for the best this administration offers. A dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next. A government-planned life. A country where everything is free but us.”
AUDIO: Paul Ryan (2:00)
We’ve heard this before, of course, in Ryan’s infamous “hammock” statement after Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address.
“We are at a moment where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.”
Given the rather nebulous role of the vice-president (beyond acting as President of Senate), perhaps Ryan can get us of our couches and into a rigorous, P90X-style workout. I can see it now: “okay America, drop and give me 50!”