What Did Paul Ryan Say About the Janesville GM Plant?

The Obama surrogates in the mainstream media are aflutter about some things in Paul Ryan’s speech last night regarding the now-shuttered General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. Here are Ryan’s words:

When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. 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.  And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

This passage says Obama promised that with government support, the plant will stay open. Full stop.

The government gave General Motors $80 billion beginning in late-2008 and the Janesville plant was still shut down. This is a critique is about broken promises and misguided government bailouts.

The mainstream media, in full Obama re-election mode, have their panties in a bunch claiming that Ryan said things that are nowhere in this speech.  So they are fact-checking things he didn’t say to manipulate his words into something they can criticize.

The media want to claim Ryan is blaming Obama for closing the plant. That is neither what Ryan said nor what is even implied.

Ryan opens by saying the factory was already in peril when Obama showed up (“where we were about to lose a major factory”). Obama then articulated his view on government supporting businesses to achieve future success (“if our government is there to support you …this plant will be here for another hundred years”). This is something Ryan has previously criticized countless times as taking taxpayer dollars and picking winners and losers. And just like the hundreds of millions wasted on now-shuttered companies like Solyndra, the government bailed out General Motors with $80 billion yet the Janesville factory was still closed within a year (“that plant didn’t last another year”).

This passage is a stinging rebuke of Obamanomics where making grand promises of government intervention as the path to prosperity gives way to the reality of shuttered factories despite unprecedented levels of tax-payer support used to prop up political constituencies of the later mentioned “central planners.”

That is not what the self-appointed fact-checkers are checking because to do so would be to admit the disconnect between the grandiose promises of the Obama 2008 campaign and the failed reality of his dismal economic record.

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