Sunday, September 30, 2012

Paul Ryan Accidentally Attacks Torture In A Statement About His Tax Plan

In an interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace, after Wallace brings up the Obama campaign's claim that the Ryan/Romney tax plan will cost five trillion dollars, Paul Ryan says, "Look, this just goes to show: If you torture statistics enough, they'll confess to what you want them to confess." He goes on to refuse to answer Chris Wallace's request for actual math to show how his plan can possibly be "revenue neutral."

This statement is significant because the metaphor Ryan uses actually harms the Republican case for legalizing torturous interrogation tactics like waterboarding. According to him, the Obama campaign waterboarded Ryan's tax plan's numbers until it gave harmful results.