Willard claims that President Obama had a "supermajority" in Congress to pass legislation, conveniently forgetting people like Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson who knee-capped the Administration whenever possible, and also forgetting that the Democrats nominally had 60 seats in the Senate only for about six weeks in 2009, between the time Al Franken was finally seated and Ted Kennedy's death. Kennedy was too ill to vote, as was the dying Robert Byrd for most of that time. When Romney says Obama could have gotten his jobs bill passed over fanatical right-wing Republican opposition, HE'S LYING.
And when Willard says the lack of a jobs program is Obama's fault, he's uttering a DAMNED LIE. To wit:
[From October 2011]: In a major setback for President Obama, the Senate on Tuesday blocked consideration of his $447 billion jobs bill, forcing the White House and Congressional Democrats to scramble to salvage parts of the plan, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s push to revive a listless economy.
The legislation, announced with fanfare by the president at a joint session of Congress last month, fell short of the 60 needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate.
The vote in favor of advancing the bill on Tuesday was 50 to 49. Two moderate Democrats facing difficult re-election campaigns, Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana, joined a solid phalanx of Republicans in opposition. In addition, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, switched from yes to no so that he could move to reconsider the vote in the future.
Given Mr. Obama’s repeated demands, as he traveled the nation in recent weeks, that Congress pass the bill intact, the Senate’s vote to block the measure represented a significant setback and came after leaders of his own party had adjusted the measure to include a surtax on incomes of more than $1 million to round up additional Democratic votes.
Not only the Senate, the Teabagger House Republicans have, since January 2011, strangled every single proposal. They have even been willing to destroy the credit of the United States in order to blackmail President Obama over raising the debt ceiling. (House Majority Leader Eric Cantor very piously announced his opposition to raising the limit without conditions. Funny, in the SEVEN times he voted to raise the ceiling under Bush, he demanded no such conditions.)
The truth of the matter is that the Republicans in Congress are deliberately sabotaging the economic recovery for political reasons--and Mitt Romney is lying about it.
To paraphrase Jonathan Swift,
I never wonder to see Romney lie, but I often wonder to see him not ashamed.