It's a really sad day when what used to be run-of-the-mill resume enhancement (pols bragging or exaggerating about their accomplishments), which was bad enough, has turned into pathological fiction spinning of the worse-than-G-W-Bush Willard Mitt Romney. Believe me, it gets old having to point out even more of Mitt Romney's lies. Note that hundreds more previously have been chronicled here
Worse than sad. Disgraceful. He casts himself as a religious man, but, where morality and truth-telling intersect, is a complete fraud. Bill Scher has an article listing and refuting the lies in Mitten's closing argument. Here are a few of Romney's false claims (asterisked in the blockquote) with Scher's counterpoint/correction immediately below the lie.
* He promised to cut the deficit in half, but he doubled it.
If by doubled you mean, long-term deficit cut of $4 trillion, if Republicans will just accept tax increases on people like me.
* He said he would reform Medicare and Social Security and save them from pending insolvency, but he shrunk from proposing any solution at all.
...except for that whole ObamaCare thing, which extends the solvency of the Medicare trust fund, costs savings which I pledged to junk. And except for proposing to raise the Social Security payroll tax cap so the wealthy contribute more to that trust fund's long-term solvency.
* Where are the 9 million more jobs that President Obama promised his stimulus would have created by now?
...or maybe I should say, where is that 9 million jobs promise? Oh that's right. Nowhere. It was President-elect Obama who promised a plan to create "2.5 million more jobs by January 2011." It was President Obama's stimulus which met that goal, and then some, ahead of schedule.
* They are in China, Mexico, and Canada and in countries that have made themselves more attractive for entrepreneurs and business and investment.
... Thanks to the wave of outsourcing which I pioneered at Bain Capital and tax incentives which I benefit from yet claim not to know exist.
That fact that this race is even somewhat close (the extent of the horse race is most likely greatly exaggerated) is a sad commentary on a number of levels:
a) the success of the "reality" inventors (e.g., Karl Rove and Frank Luntz);
b) the ignorance of some voters, who get their "information" from the ads of Karl Rove with the word-smithing of Frank Luntz;
c) the racism of others (see the new study on 51% of Americans' racist attitudes), which predisposes the bigots to believe anything negative;
d) the media enablers who refuse to tell Americans the truth instead of he said/he said "coverage";
e) the pathology of candidates like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's extensive repertoire of fabrications and their shameless propensity to speak them.
We already knew the following about Willard Mitt Romney:
* Mitt did not save the Olympics, the taxpayers did with a massive bailout.
* He was not a job creator, but rather a debt merchant and leveraged buyout predator.
* His entire professed record in MA is fiction. he wasn't a governor who worked relentlessly across the aisle, but rather one who used his veto more than 800 times.
*Mitt is not the model citizen he purports, but rather one of our nation's biggest tax avoiders/evaders. With millions parked in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland (and other countries), Mitt himself is a major cause of the federal budget deficit. But he thinks we should throw more money at him.
*Mitt has lied repeatedly about his "plan" for American's fiscal futures.
* He has misrepresented the President's record hundreds of times.
* He has no respect for 99% of Americans and won't even look out for nearly half of them should he win.
Isn't a president supposed to be the leader of all of America? Mitt has already declared he won't consider nearly half at all. And that isn't even the half of what is wrong with Mitt Romney's candidacy. There are hundreds (more than five hundred) more as we have chronicled in previous posts.
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