Putting the lie to one of Romney’s ridiculous arguments

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is becoming notorious for peddling preposterous falsehoods along the campaign trail. (There’s a whole bunch of such stuff HERE.)

The chart above (from Jared Bernstein’s BLOG) deals with just one of Romney’s ludicrous arguments — his claim that federal low-income programs are administered so inefficiently that “very little of the money that’s actually needed by those that really need help, those that can’t care for themselves, actually reaches them.”

Doesn’t Romney realize that the easily refutable nonsense he dishes out to gullible Republican audiences is going to come back to diminish his credibility in the long run? The man is a fact-checker’s dream come true.




  1. So, as fact that Romney is a liar, you submit a graph published by an organization founded by a Democrat, funded by progressive liberals, and which is noted for having an extreme left-wing bias.

    No offense, but if this is the best evidence you can trot out that Romney is a liar, according to some right-wing sites out there Obama was born in Kenya and shouldn’t be our President. I put just as much stock in those as I do in this graph above, and the fact that you swallowed it so easily is rather telling.

  2. Willard the liar is good at two things. Trying to scare people and telling them who to blame.

  3. The only one peddling preposterous falsehoods is Steve Benen. For example:

    1. He rates the claim that Romney himself was worried that he might get a pink slip as a “lie.” As I’m sure Benen would happily admit, Romney’s record with Bain is not stellar perfect. Is it really that inconceivable that Romney had a bad day, week, or even month while at Bain when some of his deals didn’t go through or his clients didn’t get the returns that they expected an no doubt threatened lawsuits?

    2. Benen says the Republicans were responsible for the downgrade. This is another lie. If Democrats would have passed the Republican proposals does anyone doubt the credit agencies would not have issued the downgrades? If anything, the truth is that the downgrade is because of the stalemate from both political parties.

    3. Benen claims that the Dodd Frank bill “doesn’t make it harder for banks to loan money” then to back up his assertion he cites an article written by….Christopher Dodd. Come on, man.

    4. Benen still peddles the left-wing lie that ObamaCare reduces the deficit.

    I could go on and on. The point is that Steve Benen cannot be trusted.

  4. I find it telling that no one is disputing the data presented here…only people you don’t believe.

  5. Neftali: On every point you raise, Benen is absolutely correct, and you are absolutely wrong.

    You offer not one shred of evidence to refute anything Benen has said. Not one single shred.

    I especially love your crap about how it’s a “lie” that Republicans were responsible for the credit downgrade. Well, you should read Standard & Poor’s rationale for its decision, which reads in part:

    “[…]The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy.

    “[…]It appears that for now, new revenues have dropped down on the menu of policy options.

    “[…]The act contains no measures to raise taxes or otherwise enhance revenues, though the committee could recommend them.

    “[…]Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.

    “[…]Our revised upside scenario…incorporates $950 billion of new revenues on the assumption that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for high earners lapse from 2013 onwards, as the Administration is advocating.”

    Do you get it? S&P faults the Republicans for resisting revenue increases, and it says the Obama administration’s position on revenues “from 2013 onwards” is an “upside scenario” with regard to the credit rating.

  6. If Romney said “Good morning” at 9:00am to people in South Carolina, I think the liberal blogs would be rating this as a five-alarm lie because it’s not “morning” to people east of Portugal.

    Those blue areas of your graph are very pretty, but they conveniently ignore the issue of fraud, waste, and abuse. I think that was Romney’s point.

    Good heavens, you liberals are almost proctoscopic in your parsing. And once again, if you applied the same level of absurd scrutiny to Obama that you do to GOP candidates, I think the Internet would overflow. Where was your outrage over Obama’s ludicrous claim about surgeons and amputations?

  7. Here is your chance, Dan, to back up your words. Let’s see your numbers for your “issue of fraud, waste, and abuse”. Let’s see what percentage of the total it is. Show us the significance.

  8. Pat – One point #1 about Romney and the pink slip, I offered up just as much evidence as Benen. (Meaning its assumption only). So it really comes to a matter of which scenario is more realistic. The one Benen offers up which assumes Romney never felt the pressures of gainful employment, or mine which says that over the period of a couple of years he had a few bad spells. The answer is obvious.

    But I’ll admit you’re right about the S&P downgrade based on the info provided.

  9. Neftali: Romney’s claim that he once worried about getting a pink slip was a blatant falsehood, calculated to show empathy with people who actually have such worries.

    A story in the Boston Globe in June of 2007 described the deal Romney had with Bill Bain at Bain Capital. It included a whole bunch of safeguards so that if Romney somehow failed, he would have a soft landing and get his job back at another firm where both men previously worked.

    Here’s a passage from that story:

    “Bain sweetened the offer. He guaranteed that if the experiment failed, Romney would get his old job and salary back, plus any raises handed out during his absence.

    “Romney had one more concern: the impact on his reputation should he prove unable to do the job. In the end, Bain agreed to craft a cover story if necessary, promising to bring Romney back to the consulting firm and explain Romney’s return as a matter of his being more valuable to Bain as a consultant.

    “‘So,” Bain says, ‘there was no professional or financial risk.'”

  10. So the sweetened contract offer from Bain to Romney to return to Bain a second time means that Romney never was worried about losing is job in his life?

    Wow…I don’t give you enough credit, Pat. I didn’t realize you could read minds and understand what someone is thinking, especially since (I assume) you never met the person. You should have your own late night infomercial.

  11. Neftali: The guy has been a millionaire all of his life. For him to pretend that his worries about a pink slip are in any way similar to those of the average Joe is preposterous. Moreover, from a political standpoint, such pretending is a big mistake. That’s why you won’t hear him making any such ridiculous claims in the future.

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