Wednesday, October 10, 2012


For anyone who believes Mitt Romney isn't a liar, and didn't lie during the debate, this is worth a read. At the end of the very long list of debate lies, with links to facts in each case, there are additional links to thirty-six other posts chronicling The Rominee's never-ending mendacity. The total number of lies is overwhelming. Here's but a sampling:

... 4. In the same speech, Romney said Obama "spending more and more, borrowing more and more, putting us on a road to Greece."
That's painfully untrue.
5. In Wednesday night's debate, Romney said, "I don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don't have a tax cut of a scale that you're talking about."
Independent analysts determined the proposed across-the-board rate cut wouldcost $5 trillion.
6. Romney said, "I'm not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people. High-income people are doing just fine in this economy."
That's not true. The wealthy would receive a massive, disproportionate tax breakunder the Romney plan.
7. Romney said, "[G]asoline prices have doubled under the president."
To blame gas prices on the president's policies is ridiculously untrue.
8. Romney said, "I'm not going to cut education funding. I don't have any plan to cut education funding and grants that go to people going to college."
That's a lie.
9. Romney argued, "Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies. Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land."
Wrong. ...

The most straight-up, out-and-out, flying in the face of reality without a care in the world lie of all -- equivalent to claiming Moses came over on the Mayflower or that two plus two is ten -- is that the president doubled the deficit. There's no planet, no math, not even "new math," in which that's true. By any measure. The deficit is less than it was when Bush slithered away, and continues to drop. It's high, that's for sure. But to say it's doubled is to assume the people to whom you're speaking are stupid. Which, if they believe it, they are.

What kind of person says something so totally false, in front of a nation of viewers? With access to, say, the internet. I guess we know: an amoral cipher, with no beliefs of his own. Confident that enough voters have been Foxified into dumb acceptance or too distracted by the latest conspiracy theory to care about anything else.

What are the chances people impressed with Romney's debate performance will get the facts and reconsider? One thing for sure: The Rominee and his team answered that question to themselves before embarking on the plan to lie their way through it: approximately zero. That's why they chose to aim for the low-information voters, and to keep them that way.

Imagine the conversations that went on in Romney's debate prep: "We have something we think will work for you, Governor, but it's a lie." "And your problem with that is.... what?"

[I wrote this one the day after the debate. Little did I know how effective it would be, how much teabaggers prefer lies to truth, how they rally when they hear them, like blood into corpora cavernosa.]

[And here's another lie, hot off the presses.]

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Anonymous said...

Stephanie Cutter admitted that the $5 trillion thing is wrong.


Sid Schwab said...

Well, not entirely. The problem is that Romney and Ryan refuse to explain how they'll make up for their tax cuts. Romney has stated, clearly, that he intends a "20% across the board cut for all Americans." He's said he'll increase spending on military by two trillion dollars.

Analyses of the cuts say it's around 4.8 trillion (close to 5, right?). Add the two trillion, and you have 7 trillion to make up somehow. He won't say how, other than killing Big Bird and Planned Parenthood, which, as I see it, will fall a little short.

Until the R/R boys specify what spending they'll be cutting and/or what loopholes they'll be ending, and how much they expect to recover from those moves, the cuts in taxes remain unexplained, in terms of balancing the budget.

Romney says he'll make it all revenue neutral. (That was rolled out for debate purposes.) He won't say how. Others say it's impossible unless you cut domestic spending to near zero.

The $5 trillion isn't wrong in terms of the cuts in taxes Romney says he'd make (or did say, for eight years, until the debate) stand as a fair number (a low one, when you include defense spending going up) until he shows how he plans to address it.

And the rest of the lies....?

Anonymous said...

…like blood into corpora cavernosa

Well played, sir. Well played.

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