Khimm reports on two things Ryan said that simply are not true.
1. Barack Obama has put forward no alternative to the sequester. In fact, as she points out, the president's budget had a ten-year fix replacement for the sequester, while Ryan only has one year.
2. That "the Supercommittee offered" a plan. Never happened.
Here's Ryan's full quote:
I voted for a mechanism that says a sequester will occur if we don't cut $1.2 trillion spending in government. We offered $1.2 trillion in various -- the super committee offered it. We passed in the House a bill to prevent those devastating defense cuts by cutting spending elsewhere. The senate's done nothing. President Obama's done nothing.I won't call that second on as huge a lie as the very similar Simpson-Bowles lie that he told during his convention speech; this is an interview and not prepared remarks, and it's possible he just garbled something he was trying to say (perhaps he means to say that Republicans offered something to the Supercommittee?). Still, what he says is absolutely wrong; the president has not "done nothing", and the Supercommittee did not offer anything.
There's more in Ryan's weekend interviews -- in particular, he tries to get away with claiming that he's okay with raising revenues from tax reform when in fact he's just in favor of pretending that it would generate unrealistic levels of growth -- but there's an important point here: Paul Ryan habitually says stuff about budgets and other policy matters he's involved in that simply is not true. As Paul Krugman says, some of us have been on this for a while, but it seems that a lot of people are starting to catch up.
Also: Nice catch!