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Ryan Compares Obama to... gasp... Jimmy Carter

By GOPUSA Staff

This week during the Democratic National Convention, Americans will hear plenty of bashing of Mitt Romney and his success in business. They will hear little about Obama's record. That's because it's so bad, that it's the last thing Obama wants to talk about. In fact, it's so bad that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is breaking out the comparison every sitting president hopes to avoid.

That's right, in a recent speech, Paul Ryan drew comparison of Barack Obama to failed former President Jimmy Carter.

"Every president since the great depression could run on a record saying you are better off than you were four years ago," Ryan said. "Except for Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama."

The Republican vice presidential nominee was in Greenville, N.C., only 230 miles from where Democrats are holding their national convention.

In his speech, Ryan went on to refer to the Carter years as the "good old days" compared to what Obama has given the country:

Ryan said in 1980, under the Carter administration, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy, compared to 1.4 million in 2011 "under President Obama's failed leadership," and that mortgage delinquencies have ballooned from 77,000 to 3 million over the same time period.

"Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are now," Ryan said.

But whether he was touting Mitt Romney's record as a governor, or going through the Romney campaign's five point economic plan, Ryan continuously returned to the "are you better off message."

So that's the question... are Americans better off now than they were four years ago? The answer seems pretty simple.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    September 4, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    In 1977, I was visiting my mom in Falls Church, VA and having lived in Georgia for several years, my mom asked me how I liked our new POTUS. I tried to be as son-like as possible [I could tell she liked the peanut farmers big smile] and I said, “Mama, he wasn’t much of a Governor and I hate to see what he does as POTUS.”
    Over the years, [especially the last 4] I have reflected on those awful years and Carter’s failed policies. Yet I have to admit that looking back; Carter was a light weight plague compared to Ozero.
    Mom [bless and rest her soul] has gone on; I would have hated to try to tell her about Ozero.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      September 4, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      First of all, billwv, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. I’m sure you reflect back on many, many happy years with her.

      As for the “are you better off today” If the Democrats say yes, the Republicans will counter with, “if that is true, then why is the unemployment record still over 8.3%, why are so many on food stamps, why are there so many home foreclosures… If people say no, they are NOT better off, then that will prove that the policies set out by the Obama administration have failed, so either way, that question is a loser for Obama.

      So the smart thing for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan is to hammer that point home day after day for the rest of the campaign.

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  2. cynicalpeteComment by cynicalpete
    September 4, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    At least. Obama took away Carters label as being the worst president we have ever had.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      In every American Democrat campaign convention Churchyard lies a stone of failure on the political grave of a socialist god-man: America does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances. Enter Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:34 am

      You cannot morph a Mephistopheles into a Messiah.

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    • captdotComment by captdot
      September 5, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Bravo, Inluminatuo! I had to look up “Mephistopheles”. I know I probably should have known what it is, but thanks for the lesson. Love your posts!

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    September 4, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Conservative men of virtue understand that men who write the future are the real leaders. Liberals only think that he who controls the present by re-writing the past are the real leaders. No future in this.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:14 am

      I think that is called leading from behind.

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  4. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 4, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I just have to post this before I read any further…

    GOPUSA STAFF EDITOR… Not to put too fine a point on it, but please note that spell check doesn’t catch everything.

    NOTE: This week during the Democratic National Convention, Americans will here plenty of bashing of Mitt Romney and his success in business. (Americans will here)
    Proof reading is still the best way to avoid improper word usage, syntax, grammar and even looking a bit ignorant.

    Respectfully,
    Hear

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      HEAR the message, NOT the split hair!

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  5. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 4, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    So that’s the question… are Americans better off now than they were four years ago? The answer seems pretty simple.

    In a word: NO

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      September 4, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama are just one more Saturday Night Live “Pepsi Syndrome” waiting to spill out and damage and torpedo the control panel on our American Submarine ship of government efficiency. All these Liberals can do is go down on us like submarines, and soil our American sheets in the process, not to mention Blue dresses that our innocent daughters wear. Time to eject this political flotsam and Jetsam, or our Jets will continue to be grounded in their socialism. Never believe them when they claim they can fly you to the moon. Not now, not ever. It takes real jet fuel not the windmills of their mouths.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      I was shocked when Bob Scheiffer posed that question to one of the democrats at the convention, and his reply was “NO, but that’s not the question”. I wonder what he thinks should be the question.

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  6. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Under Carter, many of my colleagues and I took to wearing Canadian lapel pins. If, G forbid, Obummer is reelected, I will be seriously consider moving to Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia. That the Republican Congress has not acted to protect our Constitution from this dismantler is the biggest shame on the USA.

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    • daveevad1Comment by daveevad1
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:32 am

      We only have a Republican House of Representatives. Obama still controls the Senate. (And Rich Trumka controls both Obama and Harry Reid).

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      September 4, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

      daveevad1 So we must work to take at least 5 or more seats in the Senate and keep hold on the House.

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    • MattNComment by MattN
      September 4, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      But the house hasn’t done anything to even try to stop Obama. I think most of them are cowards and I know my rep is a RINO at heart.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Matt, what do you suggest the House could do to “stop” Obama other than filing articles of impeachment? They have passed many bills to try to improve the economy and create jobs, but the Senate is the problem.

      Unless we focus on helping the GOP take a majority in both the House and the Senate,

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  7. Eagle OneComment by Eagle One
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    In the Carter “Good Old Days” &**&*%*#%^#
    They weren’t that good, the grind was getting old and days were really long and often miserable. :)

    Don’t you just yearn for the bygone days of those sweater wearing “fire-side” chats; America sitting in front of their televisions waiting for those warm words of wisdom. blah, blah, blah……………Oh the Good Old 70′s!?!?!?!?!?

    I just loved to drag my arse home at night dead on my feet after working three lousy jobs to be told by that idiot, we are a greedy nation, we all need to sacrifice, we have too much. Or something to that effect.

    Fortunately I do not have that “issue” today but you can bet your arse it wasn’t for the likes of Carter, Clinton or that phoney boloney (bologna) in the white house.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      September 4, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      Remember the high interest rates and long gas lines? We were transferred to CA with less money than was needed because Carter had put a ceiling on what companies could pay their employees. I had to go back to work and it was one of the worse decisions I had to make with four children that needed my attention at home and we still did without.

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  8. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Today’s troll attack occured around 10:15,,looks like they slept in late today having binged over the holidays.Usually they corrupt around 9:00 am. Yes it IS convention week so be prepared for an attack of the weak, all week. This week it is “Bring on the clowns and the entertainment” The week of the informative and reason has passed.

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  9. wmsyComment by wmsy
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    I’m so happy for Jimmy, He can now go into the sunset knowing the batton has been successfully passed to an even bigger loser. At least his epetaph can say “…second worst president”. But, the jury is still out about the worst ex-president. He had a shot at redeeming himself early on with Habitat for Humanity, etc, but fell back into his old loser style when he started dabbling in international affairs, like revealing himself as an anti semite with his positions on Isreal and the Palestinians. With that he still holds the “worst” title.

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  10. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I don’t want to hear anything the Democrats have to say this week. Nothing. Not being closed minded, just heard it already. Nothing.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 4, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

      I was listening to talk radio today and the host played a recording of Obama’s phrases during a 2008 campaign speech and his phrases during a 2012 campaign speech. They were identical! He really doesn’t have any new ideas!

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  11. joeschooffComment by joeschooff
    September 4, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    just saw 2016 movie. GREAT! If everyone saw it,oblamer wouldn’t have a chance. Romney better start talking about oblamer’s record or it’s over.

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  12. Allen SComment by Allen S
    September 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Isn’t it wonderful, the demoRats have nothing to say good about themselves so they have to lower themselves even lower to criticize winners like Romney and Ryan. Carter and -0 are totally naive or so narcissistic that they can’t see what they have done to hurt America. Not only do they believe their lies but expect us to believe them too. The clueless do. Only God can help us if we are willing to turn back to Him and live according to His Word — not religion and not just bits and pieces of it.

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      September 4, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      B.O. is not naive – he is dutifully following the teaching of the Qur’an in bringing the USA down to it’s knees and gaining the respect of his Islamic brethren!

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  13. docmccarthyComment by docmccarthy
    September 4, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    We are far worse off than ever, since the culture has gone down with the sad ship o’state. So, it’s a double whammy. If Obama is re-elected, we are toast. Also, how can viewing for the Republican Convention be so low? Ans. The culture is corrupt. How can the polls be so close? Same Ans. Why is the conservative message drowning when it it crystal clear…

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  14. librabobComment by librabob
    September 4, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Yes, U.S. economic destruction is how Carter and Obama will be remembered by historians. The only difference, Carter did not want to destroy our economy, he was just incompetent.

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  15. amazedhumanComment by amazedhuman
    September 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    The real, overlooked difference here is that Jimmy Carter didn’t go into office with any bad plans to help destroy America. I do believe he meant well. It simply did not work out right for him. I believe some of his decisions were not thought out and were ill-conceived. Obama, on the other hand, has complete, full, anti-American intentions for this nation of ours and as such, is not only a bad president- which he is-but a dangerous one. If he is not voted out this November, I firmly believe we will find out the degree his danger poses for America!

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  16. Mercy SwailsComment by Mercy Swails
    September 4, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Yep worse than Carter.

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  17. Regina WeinerComment by Regina Weiner
    September 4, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    I am all for setting an example of good writing skill and language usage. Grammar is actually a science, and the rules were described for a reason. When we disregard the discipline of spelling and grammar, we become sloppy thinkers. Americans have become very sloppy thinkers in the past generation, and we should be leading the way back, not drifting with the current.

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    • adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
      September 4, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      I agree, but we should not castrate the writer for one small typo that had no malicious intent! One has to be careful in finger pointing – as in one’s own absolute perfection.

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    • hank1931Comment by hank1931
      September 4, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

      When Romney & Ryan take over next year, I would like for them to make a dramatic change with Dept. of Education, and get our American history books to start showing the truth about our country. The past generations after WW2 have gotten nothing but leftish, revisionist propaganda about our country’s history. These younger generations are totally ignorant of the recent facts — and even since our Founding Fathers. I would hope that R&R will do something about our second rate public education, and make US History mandatory from early yrs. through H.S. Our people are so ignorant of our history that they are being more brainwashed each generation — they have to be shown the truth if we ever want an educated voting group electing Presidents that are worthy of being President — unlike what we have today with Obama, a total loser and dishonest leader.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 5, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      I too would rather hear and read the truth with some spelling or grammar mistakes than to read perfectly written left-wing garbage.
      That being said, the total ignorance of younger generations doesn’t say much about the quality of our current education system.
      The brainwashing has gone so far as to apparently damage the young brains to complete disrepair.
      And to hank1931, the challenge will be to get the textbooks corrected again to show the REAL American History, not the History as re-written by generations of liberal education reformers.

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  18. Jayne NielsenComment by Jayne Nielsen
    September 4, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    That’s why Liberals can NEVER move forward (kind of ironic since that’s the new Obama slogan) because

    1) They can’t handle hearing the truth
    2) They can’t stand hearing the truth
    3) They refuse to acknowledge the truth

    Today on Fox and Friends, Joe Trippi was asked about the GOP and Nazi comment made by a California Democrat and whether that crossed the line and offended him. And guess what???? NO. It did neither.

    Trippi said that “there are a lot of things that will be said” during the DNC and “there are a lot of people who drink too much and say things” (what did that have to do with this issue?)

    All he did was downplay the comment, excused the moron who made the comment, and thought nothing about it. Yet Libtards including Trippi was bullhorning the Todd Akin comment. What a hypocrit. But do you expect coming from someone who was a part of Howard Dean’s campaign committee???? One is psycho and the other is psychodelic.

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  19. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    September 4, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I did not think that it was humanely possible for anyone to be a worse President than Jimmy Carter until Obozo came along. The socialist party freak show should have Biden and Carter speak together. They are both about equal. Of course Carter will open his mouth sometime soon and make a complete *** of hisself its been awhile since that has occured and he cannot stand to be out of the limelight too long. Obozo justs needs to go.

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  20. Jim ForsytheComment by Jim Forsythe
    September 4, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Carter is stupid – Obama is evil. Evil is far worse than stupid.

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  21. pebearComment by pebear
    September 4, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    So we were winding down the Vietnam that the private economy had not yet filled the void. That on top of the oil embargoes. Jimmy did not know what to do. Instead of cranking domestic production he choked off the supply of money, at the very time the economy was needing an infusion of cheap and readily available supply of money. I remember Carter getting on TV and telling us all to tighten our belts and that he felt credit was to easy to obtain and he was going to restrict credit. Fast forward, Obama feels no business was created without government help and he’s choking off innovation and markets through ever regulation. Anything that his core of freaky freaks liberals do not like is being regulated to hell and back. Any investment capital is all being held back on the sidelines while Obama wages class warfare. Both Carter and Obama need to realize they are not giving the American people anything. Infrastructure is built with our tax money. Healthcare is paid for with our taxes. Social Security is supposed to have been paid for with our SSN taxes. They need to realize we ares not their serfs and tax slaves. That we the people elect a representative government and that government is supposed to be standing in for us the people at large. They work for us not us for them. They ought to quit telling us they are generous and giving us this and that, because they give nothing, they are only stewarts of what we give them.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 5, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Well said, Clint :)

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  22. loriecComment by loriec
    September 4, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Obama is a worse president than Jimmy Carter! Obama has spent more money; more unemployment; more welfare; more foodstamps; higher gas prices; higher food prices and wants more taxes. Need I say “More”?

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  23. Dick HaidComment by Dick Haid
    September 4, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    There is a big difference between Carter and Obama and it is not fair to compare them. Carter might have been inept, Obama hates America and wants to distroy it.

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  24. cxComment by genesal
    September 4, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    The difference between Carter and Hussein is that Carter is inept and everything he touched turned to BROWN. Hussein is doing what he does, purposely, and everything he touches turns to RED.

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  25. Dick HaidComment by Dick Haid
    September 4, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I think I just said that.

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      True, but like Biden said:

      GM lives and Usama Bin Laden is dead
      GM lives and Usama Bin Laden is dead
      GM lives and Usama Bin Laden is dead

      You see, in order to get through to the hardcore Democrats, we do need to repeat ourselves many times LOL

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      September 5, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

      But GM would have lived even if Obama had stayed out of it. We have federal bankruptcy laws that allow struggling companies to file for protection and reorganization. Those laws protect the investors, stockholders, and debtors while voiding the union contracts. Obama could not allow that so he jumped in with taxpayer money, wiped out the secured creditors and investors, and protected the union contract, actually giving the UAW a part ownership of the company.

      Obama circumvented the established bankruptcy procedures which means he violated a federal law and should have been impeached because of it, but nothing was said, so he has decided he can violate some more federal laws he does not agree with. The House refuses to even discuss impeachment, so I suspect they are afraid of Obama because he is black and from Chicago.

      Go figure.

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