Thursday, June 7, 2012


Ah, Willard. So many lies, so little time. Mittens is now claiming that President Obama has been knowingly damaging the economy, and he claims the author of a book about the Obama presidency supports this view. Only one problem:


Here is the truth of the matter:

The author of a book documenting the White House’s policy making strategy, cited multiple times by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, says the former Massachusetts governor is using the book to dishonestly accuse President Obama of intentionally harming the economy.

“That is false, in a variety of ways. I don’t believe that it’s substantively true,” Noam Scheiber, author of The Escape Artists, told TPM by phone Thursday morning.

On Wednesday Romney said President Obama and his aides believed the health care reform law would harm the recovery but pushed for it anyway, and sourced the argument to Scheiber’s book. But the claim is not true. 

“There are a couple of claims wound up together there in Romney’s remarks,” Scheiber said. “One claim is that [Obama’s team] knew that the Affordable Care Act itself — something about the Act — would derail the recovery…. They do not believe that it’s substantively true. So it’s not something that they felt, and it’s not something I argue in the book.”... 

“Romney’s imputing one big claim that I just do not make and that I just do not believe to be true,” he said. “Which is that there’s something substantively, sort of intrinsically about the Affordable Care Act that would derail the recovery. That, I personally don’t believe, and I don’t believe they believe it. The only argument I make in the book is an opportunity cost argument — that they deprived themselves of capital and time and space to do more stimulus.”

In short:

1. The Obama team did NOT believe that the ACA would derail the recovery.

2. Noam Scheiber did not make any such statement in his book.

In other words, every aspect of Romney's claim is false.

Willard lies with impunity because he thinks no one will call him on his BS.

But he's wrong--WE WILL. And we're going to make him pay for his lies.

Count on it.

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