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Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacities

21 Oct

Steve Benen has his work cut out for him.

Tough job.

I’ll be amazed if he can keep up.

But, it looks like he’s giving it a try, anyway.

I only brought over 25 examples.  There’s just so much.

Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXXIX

President Obama and his campaign team team have been increasingly assertive of late in accusing Mitt Romney of dishonesty, but the president is still cautious in how he makes the charge.In this week’s debate, for example, Obama was willing to go so far as to say, “Not true, governor,” when the president heard something obviously false. The problem, of course, is that the Republican challenger strayed from the truth with unfortunate frequency — leading Obama to repeat the words “not true” a half-dozen times.I suspect the president was probably annoyed, both with Romney’s dishonesty and with the challenge of coming up with alternative ways to let the audience know the Republican was repeating falsehoods. I know the feeling — this is, after all, the 39th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.

1. At a speech in Chesapeake, Virginia, Romney boasted, “If I become president … we finally get America on track to a balanced budget.”

No we don’t. Romney’s plan slashes tax rates (which makes the deficit worse, not better), increases defense and entitlement spending (which makes the deficit worse, not better), and every independent analysis reaches the same conclusion: Romney’s numbers don’t add up.

2. In the same speech, Romney said Obama only filed “one” action “against China.”

That’s not even close to being true.

3. In this week’s town-hall debate, Romney claimed, “I want to make sure we keep our Pell Grant program growing. We’re also going to have our loan program so that people are able to afford school.”

We know this isn’t true, because he vowed to do the exact opposite in March. What’s more, Romney also endorsed Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which cuts Pell Grants.

4. Romney also argued, “We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office.”

No matter when we start the clock, there’s a net jobs increase under Obama, both overall and in the private sector.

5. Romney added, “If the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent when he took office. It’s 7.8 percent now. But if you calculated that unemployment rate taking back the people who dropped out of the workforce, it would be 10.7 percent.”

That’s ridiculously untrue.

6. Romney also said, “I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay.”

This claim was definitely proven false this week. Repeating it only adds insult to injury.


7. On the rescue of the auto industry, Romney said in reference to the president, “[H]e keeps saying, ‘You wanted to take Detroit bankrupt.’ Well, the president took Detroit bankrupt. You took General Motors bankrupt. You took Chrysler bankrupt. So when you say that I wanted to take the auto industry bankrupt, you actually did…. That was precisely what I recommend and ultimately what happened.”

Romney can take credit for Obama’s policy, or he can condemn Obama’s policy, but to do both is obviously dishonest (and more than a little ridiculous).

8. Romney argued, “As a matter of fact, oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production is down 9 percent.”

Nice try, but no.

9. Romney added, “Coal production is not up.”

Yes it is.

10. Romney added, “Coal jobs are not up.”

Yes they are.

11. Romney also told the president, “In the last four years, you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half.”

That’s not quite right.

12. Romney went on to say, “[T]he proof of whether a strategy is working or not is what the price is that you’re paying at the pump. If you’re paying less than you paid a year or two ago, why, then the strategy is working. But you’re paying more.”

Oh, please.

13. Romney also argued, “I don’t have a policy of, of stopping wind jobs in Iowa.”

Actually, he does, much to the chagrin of his own Republican allies in Iowa.

14. On taxes, Romney said, “The top 5 percent of taxpayers will continue to pay 60 percent of the income tax the nation collects. So that’ll stay the same.”

With rhetoric like this, Romney is playing a deeply deceptive game, and playing voters for fools.

15. Romney added, “Middle-income people are going to get a tax break.”

There’s ample reason to believe the exact opposite.

16. Romney also argued, “A recent study has shown that people in the middle class will see $4,000 a year higher taxes as a result of the spending and borrowing of this administration.”

It takes some policy acrobatics to get to this claim, and it’s still not true.

17. Romney said, “We can get this economy going again. My five-point plan does it.”

No, it doesn’t.

18. Asked about the hard-to-believe numbers in his economic plan, Romney insisted, “Well, of course they add up.”

No sane person agrees.

19. In reference to the budget deficit, Romney said of Obama, “he’s doubled it.”

Romney is still having trouble with the definition of “double.” The deficit on Obama’s first day was $1.3 trillion. Last year, it was also $1.3 trillion. This year, it’s $1.08 trillion. When he says the president “doubled” the deficit, as he has many times, Romney’s lying.

20. Romney boasted, “I ran the Olympics and balanced the budget.”

In context, Romney made it sound as if he balanced the Olympics’ books through skill. In reality, he balanced his budget at the Olympics thanks to a taxpayer bailout.

21. In the next breath, Romney said, “I ran the state of Massachusetts as a governor, to the extent any governor does, and balanced the budget all four years.”

Actually, in Massachusetts, Romney left his successor with a deficit.

22. Romney went on to say, “If the president were re-elected, we’d go to almost $20 trillion of national debt. This puts us on a road to Greece.”

For those who have even a passing familiarity with the Greek crisis, this is painfully untrue.

23. In an unfortunate moment, Romney claimed, “I had the chance to pull together a Cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff, and I said, how come all the people for these jobs are all men? They said, well, these are the people that have the qualifications. And I said, well, gosh, can’t we find some women that are also qualified? And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.”

He’s lying,

24. Romney argued, “In the last four years, women have lost 580,000 jobs. That’s the net of what’s happened in the last four years. We’re still down 580,000 jobs. I mentioned 3 1/2 million women more now in poverty than four years ago.”

This is absurdly untrue.

25. Romney said, “I don’t believe employers should tell someone whether they could have contraceptive care or not.”

I wish this were true. It’s not.

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