Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan once objected to "the discredited economic playbook of borrow and spend Keynesian policies.” He then went on to oppose President Obama's $787 billion stimulus.
But unknown to many, Ryan supported a $715 billion rival Republican stimulus plan in 2009. And later, after he publicly opposed Obama's stimulus, Ryan secretly advocated for some money for his district --- on the grounds that it would create jobs. Then he denied he did it. Then his office acknowledged it did, in fact, ask for the money.
Now MSNBC's Christ Hayes dug up CSPAN video from 2002 in which Paul sure sounds a lot like a Democrat in 2009 advocating for stimulus. The big differences: the size of the stimulus. And President Bush was in office when Ryan advocated for the “time-tested” stimulus plans.
“What we’re trying to accomplish today with the passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unemployed,” he said.