Wiki wipe: Paul Ryan budget plan gets ugly as facts get deleted
August 14, 2012 by Beatweek
The wikipedia page for Paul Ryan is being edited so fast by users that which “facts” you read might be a matter of what time of day you read the wiki page. Even as every major economic study reveals that his budget plan would mean the end of social security and medicare while eliminating income taxes for millionaires almost entirely, anonymous “users” keep removing that information from Ryan’s wikipedia page (not provable, but likely members of the Romney-Ryan team themselves or militant supporters). Wikipedia editors keep adding the information back, but it keep disappearing. Meanwhile other, less damning but equally unendearing facts about Ryan’s past keep getting deleted from his wiki page as well. For instance Ryan’s only private sector job was when he briefly drove the “Weinermobile” for Oscar Meyer, which is harmless if humorous. But if reveals Ryan to be an otherwise career politician with no real private sector experience, placing him at odds with Mitt Romney’s earlier claim that anyone who seeks the White House should have at least three years of experience in the business world. And then there’s the chuckle-worthy fact that Ryan was elected “Best Brown Noser” by his high school classmates; this potentially embarrassing information also keep getting removed from wikipedia and then re-added. But these sideshow factoids from Paul Ryan’s past may be only serving to distract from the real story regarding his budget plan…
When Ryan put forth a budget plan based on absurd math a couple years ago, it was thought at the time to be merely a stunt aimed at undermining President Obama’s own budget package. Ryan’s plan had medicare and social security turned over to private companies and so severely underfunded that nearly all seniors would need to dip into their own pockets for thousands of dollars each year in order to receive medical care. And almost comically, Ryan’s budget plan called for income tax rates on millionaires to drop from the current official 35% rate and de facto 15% rate to almost literally zero. For instance Mitt Romney paid a 13.9% income tax rate in 2010, but under Ryan’s plan Romney would pay a 0.82% tax rate (not a typo). The shortfalls in Ryan’s budget would bankrupt the United States within a few years. But it was proposed in an attempt to paint Obama as an overspender, as Ryan’s proposed budget plan (which he knew had no chance of passing) managed to make it sound like cost cutting was possible – at least in the eyes of those voters who weren’t paying attention to the fact that the math didn’t come close to adding up. Now that Romney has picked Ryan as his vice presidential candidate, Romney is left to explain away the fact that his running mate either failed at arithmetic or was cheating all along to try to make the President look bad. Perhaps that’s why Team Ryan is working so diligently to keep his wikipedia page free of the truth. Why they’re also so intent on hiding Ryan’s history of driving a giant hot dog and being a teenage ass-kisser is another story.