• Paul Ryan Never Asked for Stimulus Cash, Besides the 5 Times He Did

    Something tells me Paul Ryan is going to fit in perfectly with the Romney campaign. Take this timeline. Two years ago, Ryan was asked if he accepted stimulus money for his district

    "I'm not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money," the congressman answered.

    And repeated the talking point two days ago…

    "I never asked for stimulus," Mitt Romney's new running mate said. "I don’t recall…so I really can't comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn't work, it didn't work."

    But yesterday, after being shown a series of letters he wrote to the Obama administration…

    "After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled," Ryan said in a statement. "This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that."

    There's nothing wrong with taking part in a program you opposed. Plenty of Democrats have helped constituents enroll in Medicare Part D after voting against the provision. The problem comes in lying about it afterwards. Perhaps that's where the "bold and risky" vision of Ryan comes in.

    With that in mind, he does say he would have handled the situation differently. Like Romney, Ryan's most important decisions are handled retroactively.

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    Tags: Money, Paul Ryan, Stimulus

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