Willard Romney’s Lies of the Week

It’s time for Willard’s Lies of the week.

Once again, I will point out the site on the blog roll: Romney The Liar: because there are Liars, Damn Liars, and then there’s Mitt Romney.

Steve Benen, now at The Maddow Blog:. Here’s last week’s entry of Chronicling Mitt’s mendacity:

Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XIII
By Steve Benen – Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:00 PM EDT.

Mitt Romney recently felt comfortable lecturing journalists about, of all things, “quality control” when sharing the news with the American public.

As Ed Kilgore joked, “Now I suppose when you have already developed a reputation for towering mendacity on subjects large and small, a medium-sized lie about your views on media accuracy is as easy as changing those jeans and a lot easier than changing your entire political persona on a regular basis. But you might think at some point the man would fear being struck down by a thunderbolt right on the spot if he lectures the media — old or new — about ‘sourcing’ and ‘quality control.'”

If the presumptive Republican nominee has any such fears, he’s not showing it. Those looking for proof need only consider the 13th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.

1. Romney told voters about the cost of the Affordable Care Act, “[W]e’ve just learned from the CBO, it’s not a trillion dollars. It’s more like double that…. Obamacare is massively more expensive than had been originally estimated.”

That’s not even close to being true.

2. On the same subject, Romney argued, “Thirty percent of employers said they are going to drop the coverage for their employees when Obamacare is installed.”

Actually, no, they didn’t say that at all.

3. He said he would save “about $100 billion a year” eliminating Obamacare.

That’s not only absurdly untrue, it’s actually backwards — scrapping the entirety of the Affordable Care Act would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the debt.


4. Romney claimed Obama had created an “unaccountable panel, with the power to prevent Medicare from providing certain treatments.”

That’s simply not true.

5. Romney argues in a new fundraising letter that the numbers for unemployment, bankruptcies, and foreclosures are “soaring.”

Actually, that’s the exact opposite of the truth — unemployment, bankruptcies, and foreclosures are all falling.


6. Romney claims in the same mailing that Obama stood over “the greatest job loss in modern American history.”

Not really.

7. Romney went on to argue, “President Obama has mortgaged our future, increased the budget by more than 20% and allowed our debt to skyrocket.”

The debt has increased (thanks to Bush-era policies), but the budget hasn’t increased by more than 20%.

8. Romney told voters in Philadelphia this week, “This president did not cause the recession; he just made it worse and made it longer.”

There’s no way around the fact that Romney’s simply lying. He knows he’s lying because he’s also said the American economy has improved under Obama.

9 Romney argued repeatedly this week, “Women account for 92.3 percent of the jobs lost under Obama.”

You’ve got to be kidding me.

10 The Romney campaign and its surrogates spent all day Thursday describing Hillary Rosen as an “advisor to the Obama campaign.”

Hillary Rosen is not an advisor to the Obama campaign.

11. Romney argued yesterday, “President Obama is the first president in history to openly campaign for reelection on a platform of higher taxes. He has already raised taxes on millions of Americans, but he won’t stop there. He wants to raise taxes on millions more by taxing small businesses and job creators.”

That’s actually three lies in one paragraph.

12. On a Romney campaign conference call yesterday, a campaign spokesperson said the Obama administration needs to “stop disrespecting stay-at-home moms.”

The Obama administration has never disrespected stay-at-home moms, and when pressed for evidence to back up the charge, the Romney campaign couldn’t think of anything.

Paul Krugman noted this week, “Mitt Romney’s campaign is setting new standards in serial dishonesty. Really. He makes Bush look like a font of truth and accuracy.”

That’s more than fair, though the question is no longer whether Romney has a problem telling the truth — he clearly does — but rather whether he’ll face any electoral consequences for recklessness.

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8 Responses to Willard Romney’s Lies of the Week

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  2. David Brouillette says:

    I am writing as a person who has experienced the legislation that Romney has signed in to law.

    I have experienced first hand his two gun control laws.

    I have recieved the letters from the local police dept stating that my firearms identification card (which was good for life) would Expire and now a pistol permit was required to even keep a handgun in the house.

    I seen pistol permits go from $25 to $100 for 5 years, and $100 per year for out of state. Pistol permits are issued at the discretion of the local police chief. Diane fienstien gets a full carry permit within days, waiting for her as she flies in, but Mr. average guy or gal waits for monthes for a permit just to keep and transport un-loaded.

    I have seen first hand, Romney’s so called gun safety act where only new guns on the govt approval list could be sold. One day I went into a gun store and it looked like a normal one, where there were several showcases of new guns. I went in again after Romneys so-called safe guns act, and there were just a few Smith & Wessons and Walthers for sale, and it was that way for years, list has improved, but we Massachusetts residents still can’t buy most quality guns that are out there.

    I have experienced the outlawing of the further sale of hi-capacity mags, and only 10 rounders availiable for new semi-autos — clinton de-ja-vu.

    I read the news letters that stated that it was now illegal to shoot at siluette targets at a public range.

    The Massachusetts gun laws are now almost the size of a phone book.

    Under Romney, govt power, govt intrusion, legislation and mandates on businesses, govt control of education, public debt, and of cource Gun Control has grown, not shrank. Towns are even turning off some street lights because they can’t afford the electrical bills.

    To me, it is amazing how Mitt Romney has pulled the wool over so many peoples eyes. It is going to be Clinton, Brady, assault weapons ban, magazine ban, brady II all over again. Don’t take my word for it, Do a little bit of research into Massachusetts gun laws and who passed them.

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  4. Ametia says:

    I see the trolls are trying to infiltrate our site with those lying talking points. TROLLS BEGONE!

  5. Ametia says:

    LOL @ that pic of Mr. Etch-IN-SKETCH.

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