In case all the fawning over Paul Ryan's designation as Republican vice presidential candidate were not enough, Megyn Kelly did her best to turn him into the second coming of Ronald Reagan yesterday. She spliced together footage of Ryan and Reagan in a video and suggested that viewers would see the similarities in "conservative ideas, his optimism, even (their) language."
As if the video had not driven the point home already, Kelly trotted out Michael Reagan who, she said, "is one of those who believes the Congressman sounds a lot like Michael's Dad, former President Ronald Reagan." Her first question was to ask him why he thinks so.
Michael Reagan said:
You can really tell the difference between somebody who just talks about Ronald Reagan, of which there are many, and those who have really studied Ronald Reagan. Paul Ryan's one of those people who have studied Ronald Reagan. But also grew up in the midwest, just like Ronald Reagan, small town... and I was lisitening to that first sound bite (about Ryan supposedly learning from his father that government is not the solution)... and my father never forgot those words of his father and he taught me those words and it seems like Paul Ryan's father taught him the very same thing.
The thing is, the comparisons in the video don't match at all. Here's the juxtaposition Michael Reagan was pointing to:
REAGAN: "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."
RYAN: "My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man. There are a few things he would say that have just always stuck with me. He'd say, son, you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. Well, regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem and Mitt Romney is the solution."
As Media Matters pointed out, this was one of many atttempts by Fox to turn Ryan into the reincarnation of Reagan but this one has to take the cake.
rLyin = Raygun because:
He’ll leave Americans poorer & the nation in serious debt. BUT – the 1% will do just fine, thank you!
Well, Meg, if you mean Ryan’s as FORGETFUL as Ronnie Raygun, you may be right: seems Paul forgot to disclose a $1-5 million trust he inherited in 2010 — until he was being vetted for VP . . .
“Paul Ryan and his wife inherited between $1-5 million in 2010 and whoopsie daisy, he forgot to disclose it for two years. Youâd almost think it was on purpose, well, some people do think that, since Ryan didnât remember it until he was being vetted by the Romney campaign.
“As he was being vetted, Mr. Ryan pulled a Romney and retroactively amended his disclosures on June 6, 2012 in order to include one of the coupleâs largest assets â the $1-5 million income producing trust Janna Ryan inherited from her mother.
“Today we find out that Paul Ryan checked yes under âQualifying Blind Trustâ and âexcepted trustsâ on his disclosure form, but when he amended the forms to include the $1-5 million dollar trust, he amended that yes to a ânoâ. No, itâs not an excepted trust. No, itâs not a blind trust.
“So, it appears that Mr. Ryan tried to pass the now disclosed trust off as a blind or excepted trust. Iâm unclear as to how that mistake is âinadvertentâ. "
I wish for the sake of your country and people you had a leader who publicly talked about his/her devotion to Steinbeck rather than Ayn Rand: http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/the-vintage-is-still-be-trampled-out-why-the-grapes-of-wrath-not-atlas-shrugged-must-be-the-guidebook-for-our-time/
That’s what I took from studying his presidency.