Sunday, October 21, 2012


The heroic Steve Benen at Maddow Blog is now on Volume THIRTY-NINE in his series on Willard's fantastic lies. Here is just a small sampling of the most recent  crop. (You'll need to check Steve's original post for his copious links.)

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.

I'm tellin' ya, folks, I lived through the Nixon Era. I was firmly convinced that Richard Nixon was the most thoroughly dishonest person I had ever seen, or would ever see, in American politics. I was wrong.

Willard makes Tricky Dick look like George Freakin' Washington.

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