General Motors announced the closing of the Janesville plant in a June 3, 2008 press release.

Janesville, Wisconsin, will cease production of medium-duty trucks by the end of 2009, and of the Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon in 2010, or sooner, if market demand dictates.

Some are pointing to the fact General Motors plant in Janesville, WI didn’t actually close until 2009 in order to back up Paul Ryan’s false placing of responsibility on President Obama.

When a company announces that it’s going to shut down a plant, I take that as a sign that they have made up their mind. It would have been difficult for GM to make that decision in June of 2008 based on the policies of a person who hadn’t been elected President yet.

Notice that they also argue that the plant isn’t actually closed, it’s just that production is suspended.

So the plant closed on Obama’s watch, but isn’t actually closed….

Ok.

The first sentence of a front page story in the New York Times says: “Representative Paul D. Ryan’s childhood home here was not overtly partisan.”

I don’t know what they based this information on. The Janesville Gazette, Ryan’s hometown paper, lists Paul Ryan’s mother as a delegate to the 1970 state GOP Convention and lists his father as an alternate 42 days after his birth. 

Republicans have been complaining about the cuts to the defense budget that are coming as a result of a bill that they voted for. The bill called for the “super-committee” to come to an agreement on cutting the budget, and set in place automatic cuts (sequester) that would occur if no agreement was worked out. Now that the automatic cuts are looming, the GOP has decided that it’s not a good idea after all. It turns out that setting spending caps with a sequester to back it up is an idea that GOP budget guru, Paul Ryan, has been trying to do since he was first elected to Congress.