Steve Benen over at the Maddow Blog has a weekly feature where he tallies Mitt Romney’s latest lies. Some of the more blatant ones from Vol. XVI:
2. In the same speech, Romney summarized his message to young people: “[I]t’s so critical, in my view, for you to consider what’s in the best interest of not just yourself, but of America, over the coming century, and it is to stop the excessive overspending.”
Annual domestic spending is already on track to become the smallest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower’s administration.
4.In the same speech, Romney said once “Obamacare” is implemented, “government at all levels” will “consume” 50% of the American economy.David Corn explains today that this is Romney’s arguably “biggest fib,” which falls “somewhere between ‘ridiculous’ and ‘stupid.’”
5. Also from that speech, Romney said Obama’s record includes “the first trillion deficit in history.”
That’s a blatant lie — the day Obama was inaugurated, there was a $1.3 trillion deficit Bush had left for him to clean up.
9. In New Hampshire, Romney saidObama is “focused on taking away from those who have the least.”That’s blatantly untrue in an ironic sort of way. Romney’s tax plan calls for higher taxes on those at the lowest end of the income scale. He also intends to cut food stamps, Medicaid, and educational spending, which benefit those who have the least.
10. Romney also vowed, “I want to help the poor.”
First, see #9. Second, he specifically said earlier this year, “I’m not very concerned about the poor.”
12.The Romney campaign argued this week that the former governor’s position on the auto-industry rescue “was exactly what President Obama followed,” adding, “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”Romney condemned Obama’s efforts on the industry rescue repeatedly, including throughout the GOP primaries. He can’t oppose the policy and take credit for the policy at the same time, at least not if he’s being honest.
There’s not the least bit of effort put into concealing the lies or explaining them. They’re just stated and later repeated by Fox and the rest of the noise machine where they know their adoring audience will suck it all in and
repeat bleat the lies to friends and family. And on and on it goes. Nice little operation the right’s got going for itself.
Wolf Blitzer: “Do you still believe Romney is a liar?”
Newt Gingrich: “The governor said things at times that weren’t true.”