Oh, THAT Janesville Plant!
While the media and their “fact-checkers” are out there calling stuff Paul Ryan didn’t say “lies”, Greg Pollowitz over at NationalReview.com drops a bombshell.
Actually, Paul Ryan left out something about the Janesville GM plant — it was one of three plants GM was considering reopening back in 2010.
Read the whole thing.
You see, after Candidate Hopey Changey stood at the Janesville plant and told the workers there that he would work to re-tool… hell, here’s what he said. I don’t have to summarize it for you:
I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your Governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made – how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your President.
And then, in 2010, when the decision was being made on which plants would be retooled, GM (with the government’s “support”) didn’t choose the Janesville plant.
Ryan’s point about the Janesville plant was that Obama traveled around the country selling “hope” to people. Obama sold them a pipe-dream based on this assumption that the government would provide for them. Obama failed to deliver. That was Ryan’s point.
And, as we can now see, the government chose Michigan over Janesville, Wisconsin. So yes, Janesville is still closed because of the Obama administration’s decisions. But that wasn’t even what Ryan was saying during his speech.