To the editor:
I find it interesting and illuminating that the San Francisco Chronicle would publish an editorial that purports to stand for honesty from the presidential candidates and yet uses rather unsavory tactics to attack the republican candidates with terms such as "lie," "shameless," and "brazen deceptions."
The editor throws in a few criticisms of the democrats to make it appear that he is being bipartisan. But he reserves the harsh words and tone for the republicans. This is typical of the left.
Let's us do our own fact checking with regard to the closing of the Janesville plant.
Paul Ryan in his own words: "President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. 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."
In President Barack Obama's own words (June 2008):
"Reports that the GM plant I visited in Janesville may shut down sooner than expected are a painful reminder of the tough economic times facing working families across this country. This news is also a reminder that Washington needs to finally live up to its promise to help our automakers compete in our global economy. As president, I will lead an effort to retool plants like the GM facility in Janesville so we can build the fuel-efficient cars of tomorrow and create good-paying jobs in Wisconsin and all across America."
All of the words spoken by Paul Ryan are actually true and are easily verified. So what is the Chronicle's problem? Do they have a hidden agenda?
Honesty is a two way street, the San Francisco Chronicle is trying to minimize the Democratic Party's lack of candor while demonizing the Republicans. If they value honesty to the degree they state in their editorial they should point out the lies, shameless, and brazen deceptions spoken by the democrats with equal vigor.
After all, is it not "fairness" (using one of their favorite words) they are seeking?