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June 23, 2012

Last Week’s Roundup of Romney’s Lies

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 8:39 PM
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Mitt Romney long ago separated himself from truth, and Fox is helping him by reporting all his lies as if they were the truth. Even other countries have taken notice of his “mendaciousness.” Following are a few of his prevarications from the last week:

1. “It saves $100 billion a year to get rid of [the Affordable Care Act].” NO! Losing this law makes the deficit increase and costs the country hundreds of billions of dollars.

2. “I think a lot of people forgetting is there is only one president in history that’s cut Medicare by $500 billion and that is President Obama.” NO! Ronald Reagan was the first president to cut Medicare, followed by George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. President Obama’s cuts are not to reduce benefits but to make it more efficient.

3. “I see people holding up signs, ‘Don’t touch my Medicare.’ It’s like, hey, I’m not touching your Medicare.” NO! Romney endorsed Rep. Paul Ryan’s private voucher system that replaces Medicare. He would get rid of Medicare.

4. President Obama has “never had the experience of working in the private sector.” NO! President Obama worked at a private-sector law firm before he worked in public service.

5. President Obama went on “an apology tour” in his first year. NOWHERE Near! Multiple news organizations have pointed out this is a “pants on fire” lie.

6. Syria is Iran’s “route to the sea.” NO! Iran doesn’t share a border with Syria, and Iran borders two bodies of water.

7. “Bill Clinton and so many other mainstream Democrats are revolting against the backward direction President Obama is taking his party and our country.” NO! Bill Clinton supports the president’s re-election and said a Romney presidency would be “calamitous for our country and the world.”

8. A local optometrist was forced to fill out a “33-page” change-of-address form–several times–at the post office. NO! This form doesn’t exist.

9. Obama is “taking away” scholarships and charter schools for “kids in Washington, D.C.” NO!

10. “This president has put together almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined.” NO! Politifact agreed with this statement before it disagreed—sort of like the Romney approach.

11. “If I’m president of the United States, I will get us on track to have a balanced budget.” NO! Romney says his plan “can’t be scored,” but independent budget analysts declared his agenda would make the deficit bigger, not smaller, and add trillions to the national debt.

12. The president’s “trillion- dollar stimulus” failed to “create jobs.” NO! According to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus bill created more than three million jobs, a view shared by 80% of economists polled by the Chicago Booth School of Business. Only 4% disagreed.

13. “[President Obama] was told that one small business was having a hard time dealing with Obamacare. He said he hadn’t heard that.” NO! The small business wasn’t having a hard time dealing with Obamacare, and was hurt by policies Romney wants to pursue.

14. “I was in Las Vegas and met a woman who was worried. She has a business renting furniture to casinos and to conventioners that come to Las Vegas. And when the president said, don’t bother coming to Las Vegas for your company meetings a few years ago, her business dove.” NO! President Obama actually said, in reference to Wall Street recklessness, “You are not going to be able to give out these big bonuses until you pay taxpayers back. You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime. There’s got to be some accountability and some responsibility.”

15. “If we stay on the road we’re on, we’re going to become like Europe…. I don’t believe Europe works in Europe. I don’t want it here.” NO! Europe is failing because of its austerity policies which Romney wants to follow in the United States. The 20 states in this country that cut spending are all doing worse than the 30 states that expanded spending.

16. “If [President Obama] really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with the illegal immigration in America, then this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in his last few months.” NO! President Obama pushed for the DREAM Act for years and would have signed it into law in 2010 if the Republicans had not blocked it with a filibuster.

17. “I will continue to describe the [health] plan that I would provide, which is, number one, to make sure that people don’t have to worry about losing their insurance if they have a preexisting condition, and change jobs.” NO! Under Romney’s approach, millions of people with pre-existing conditions would be denied coverage.  And President Obama’s plan already takes care of people with preexisting conditions.

18. The president “jammed through a bill” and “didn’t really try and work for a Republican vote.” NO! President Obama worked for months to find anyone in the Republican Party who would work with him in good faith, including delaying progress while the “Gang of Six” engaged in pointless talks.

19. “I’m not looking for a tax cut for the very wealthiest.” NO! Even Romney would greatly benefit from his own tax plan while the bottom 99 percent would pay more.

20. “Ralph Reed has been a real champion in fighting for the fundamental values that have made America the nation that it is.” NO! Romney is pandering, as usual; Reed’s values are destroying the country.

21. “When you put in place a bill like Obamacare, you attack the freedom of people to make a choice about their own insurance and what kind of coverage they want to have.” NO! Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers would choose from competing plans as part of a health care exchange, just as Romney’s own Massachusetts’ plan did.

22. “[M]edian income in this nation has dropped by 10 percent over the last four years.” NO! Romney is counting the president’s first year in office which he considers unfair if that is done for his own record. And the president has been in office for only three and a half years.

23. “Government at all levels is about 37 percent of the economy today–37 percent. And if Obamacare were allowed to stand, government would control about half of the economy of America.” NO! Health care is part of the private sector because insurance are private corporations.

24 Obama “insists” that “Israel return to the ’67 borders–indefensible borders.” NO! As usual, Romney left off part of what the president actually said: “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, [italics added] so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

25. Obama said “if you let him borrow all that money, he’d keep unemployment below 8 percent.” NO! The 8 percent figure comes from a projection written by economists Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein that was issued weeks before Obama was sworn in and long before there even was a stimulus plan before Congress. The figure would also have been accurate if the severe tax cuts had not caused a loss of 700,000 jobs in the public sector.

26. Under Obamacare, we’ll get “a healthcare system run by the government.” NO! The government won’t run the healthcare system because people will have to get insurance from private companies.

27. “[T]he path we’re on, spending $1 trillion more every year than we take in, is leading us to Greece.” NO! The process in Greece has been very different than the one in the United States.

28. As a result of the Dodd-Frank reforms, “small banks and community banks are finding it harder and harder to make loans to small businesses.” NO! These banks are stronger since Dodd-Frank, and the president of Independent Community Bankers Of America recently said, “I am sick of Wall Street using community banks as their shills to scare community bankers into stampeding Congress into undoing provisions of law that finally attempt to deal with too big to fail and Wall Street overreach.”

29. President Obama “has not completed a single new trade agreement with Latin America.” NO! Panama is part of Latin America.

30. “Unfortunately, despite his promises, President Obama has failed to address immigration reform.” NO! President Obama has taken executive action where the law allows and pushed Congress to pursue comprehensive reform based on a bipartisan plan he presented last year. The Republicans refuse to cooperate with the president in any way.

By now Romney has so consistently lied that journalists gloss over anything he says without pointing out that he is wrong, sort of “business as usual.” If anyone pointed out his lies, he would say that he didn’t say them in his usual etch-a-sketch style. As the lies pile on more lies, however, he will need to spend most of his time denying them if anyone ever confronts him.

1 Comment »

  1. Nel–I think there’s a problem with #27. It takes too much energy to deal with all the lies. Tahnks for pointing them out.


    Comment by Jane — June 24, 2012 @ 12:29 AM | Reply

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