How Many Lies Did Mitt Romney Tell This Week?
Steve Benen over at the MaddowBlog has been chronicling Mitt Romney’s lies for 29 weeks. This week’s edition is a doozy with 29 lies to Mitt’s credit. Check them out here.
Here are the first ten:
1. In a radio interview yesterday, Romney said of the president, “His campaign and the people working with him have focused almost exclusively on personal attacks.”
That’s both ironic and untrue.
2. In an attack ad launched this week, Romney said Obama “quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.”
This is as obvious a lie as any presidential candidate has ever told.
Romney has the balls to stand in front of our flag:
3. In the same ad, Romney claims, “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”
Even putting aside the racial subtext, the claim has no foundation in reality whatsoever.
4. In reference to voting rights in Ohio, Romney wrote on Facebook that Obama believes “it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges.”
This is ridiculously untrue. Obama wants servicemen and women to have extended early voting privileges, just like every other eligible voter in Ohio
5. In the same written message, Romney argues that Obama intends to “undermine … the voting rights of our military.”
No sane person could believe this.
6. In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Romney said, “Do you know what’s happened to the median income in America over the last three-and-a-half years? It’s dropped by $4,000 a family.”
That only makes sense if we count Obama’s first year in office, which relies on a standard Romney believes is fundamentally unfair.
7. In the same speech, Romney said in reference to the deficit, “Instead of cutting it half, he actually doubled it and more.”
Maybe Romney doesn’t know what “double” means. The deficit on Obama’s first day was $1.3 trillion. Last year, it was also $1.3 trillion. This year, it’s projected to be $1.1 trillion. When he says the president “more than doubled” the deficit, as he has many times, Romney’s lying.
8. He went on to say in Iowa that Obama is “the first president in history to have a deficit above $1 trillion.”
That’s a lie. George W. Bush was the first president in history to have a deficit above $1 trillion.
9. Romney added, “He’s on track in four years to put together almost as much debt held by the public as all the prior presidents combined.”
Romney has said this before. It’s still a lie.
10. Romney also said, “We must restore and I will restore work into welfare.”
There’s nothing to “restore”; the work requirements weren’t removed.
Three months ago Yahoo’s CEO, Scott Thompson, was forced to resign because of “misrepresentation of his college credentials” on his CV. Old school people like me think only cheaters and scumbags lie on their CVs so good riddance Thompson. It’s about one’s character.
Forget one “misrepresentation.” Now we have a presidential candidate — a presidential candidate! — who
misrepresents lies two, three four times a day over the course of a week for weeks and weeks. At this point, I don’t care what Romney’s position is on anything. If he has so little respect for himself, for our political process and for our culture and country as a whole, well, he repulses me.