I swear, just when you think Willard can't lie any more brazenly, he tops himself. This time my least favorite sociopath is claiming that "Obamacare" will allow President Obama to do shocking things. To wit:With Obamacare fully installed, government would have control of almost half of the economy, and we would have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society. This president is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He's asking us to accept that Washington knows best, and can provide all.
Jed Lewison knows flaming BS when he smells it:
Health care isn't half the economy, nor is it projected to be. According to the most recent report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health care spending is currently 17.6 percent of GDP and will rise to 19.8 percent in 2020. Even if government controlled all health care spending, that's still nowhere near half the economy.
But government isn't responsible for all health care spending. According to the CMS report, by 2020 the government will be responsible for 49 percent of health care spending. That's not 49 percent of the economy, it's 49 percent of 19.8 percent of the economy. And that translates to a little less than 10 percent of the overall economy. One-tenth of the economy is nowhere near Mitt Romney's claim, but some people might think it sounds like a lot. Today, however, government is responsible for 45 percent of health care spending (up from 44 percent in Bush's last year in office), so 49 percent isn't a huge shift.
But as I said above, 49 percent represents one-tenth of the economy, not one-half. Still, at least it's one-half of something, and if I had to guess where Romney's false claim came from, I would guess that he (or someone on his staff) saw that number when it first came out, and over time it metastasized into the falsehood he delivered last night. That's just a guess, though. Maybe there's another story. Whatever it is, the ludicrous nature of Romney's claim betrayed his reckless disregard for the truth and underscored his willingness to say anything in order to make an argument for why he should be elected.
Damn straight, Jed. Damn straight. Romney has no moral center, no ethics, no integrity, no character, no decency. He will continue to lie with impunity if no one calls him on it. Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars gathered from this nation's worst right-wing corporate radicals by head Republican Scumbag Karl Rove, and supported by a torrent of lies regurgitated by Fox "News" and right-wing hate radio, Romney is a dangerous threat to America. The time to define him is NOW.
There may not be enough time later.