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Counting up Romney’s falsehoods in last night’s debate

Not that it excuses President Obama’s poor performance, but Mitt Romney peddled a potful of prevarications in the Denver debate:

HERE are a few of the instances in which the Mittster was mendacious:

–When he claimed that “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” They’re not.

–When he said that President Obama had “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.” Obama didn’t.

–When he denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. He did.

–When he said President Obama had “added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior presidents combined.” Not even close.

–When he resurrected “death panels.” That was called “one of the biggest whoppers of the night.”

–When he stated that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed. Only if three out of nearly three dozen is half.

And then there’s THIS:

Romney was forceful and articulate and dodged his association with almost all the most unpopular aspects of his platform. But his success at doing so was built upon two demonstrable untruths.

 The most important was taxes. Romney asserted, “I cannot reduce the burden paid by high-income Americans.” Let me explain how this is untrue even by his own campaign’s accounting. Obama badly flubbed this topic by allowing Romney to change the baseline of the discussion. Romney is promising to extend all the Bush tax cuts and refuses to accept even slightly higher revenue as part of a deficit deal. On top of that, he is proposing a huge, regressive income tax rate cut that would reduce revenue by an additional $5 trillion, but promises to make up for it by closing tax deductions.

Obama directed his fire almost entirely at the additional tax cut, leaving mostly untouched, until the end, Romney’s pledge to never bargain away any of the Bush tax cuts.

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  1. John Duncan

    Pat, I cannot believe you are still alive after all the Kool Aid you have consumed. I would love to see you in a debate in front of people who have a modicum of exposure to the facts. Every one of your points is false, every one. Give me your email address, and I will be more than happy to send you information you obviously have ignored or don’t have access to. Please, tonight, in your dreams, consider what your blog would say tomorrow, if George Bush had done/said what President Obama has done/said in the past four years. Your worst freaking nightmare.

  2. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444223104578036554122218738.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    The most instructive exchange came early, after Mr. Obama had already denounced Mr. Romney’s “central economic plan” for the third time. He repeated his lines from the stump about Mr. Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires that “dumps those costs on middle-class Americans” and raises their taxes by $2,000.

    Mr. Romney has no such plan. Mr. Obama simply made it up, with an assist from one of his former economists and others at a liberal Washington think tank. Mr. Romney said as much categorically. He then added that Mr. Obama would continue to make the accusation, on the theory that incantation could make it true, “but that is not the case, all right?” and “I will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families.”

    Mr. Obama was nonplused, perhaps because he had come to believe what he was saying in the bubble of his campaign rallies and unquestioned by the media. The best reply he could offer was that, “Well, for 18 months he’s been running on this tax plan. And now, five weeks before the election, he’s saying that his big, bold idea is ‘never mind.'” But for 18 months it has been Mr. Obama who has campaigned against a mirage of his own imagining. No wonder he was stumped.

    Then there was health care, when Mr. Obama claimed the Romney-Ryan Medicare reforms would force seniors to pay $6,000 a year and leave “folks like my grandmother at the mercy of the private insurance system.”

    But Mr. Romney didn’t sound like a wild-eyed radical as he patiently described his own “premium support” ideas, which would simply require traditional Medicare to compete with the private market and let seniors “make their own choice.” If government is better, he added, that’s fine, but “my experience is the private sector typically is able to provide a better product at a lower cost.”

    The former Governor sounded reasonable and pragmatic, and some pundits are now claiming that he changed his platform or that he is trying to dump GOP “extremist” ballast. He didn’t and he doesn’t have any. He described his center-right reforms truthfully. The Obama cheerleaders were shocked that Mr. Romney’s remarks didn’t repeat the Obama-created caricature that they’ve spent months broadcasting as if it were gospel.

    The other illusion that exploded Wednesday is the one Mr. Obama tells about his own Presidency. He always mentions the recession he inherited and the many great feats he will perform in his second term. What he rarely mentions are the last four years.

    Mr. Romney had the gall to shine a light on those years, talking in great detail about the dismal results of what he called “trickle-down government” in practice: the 23 million people who can’t find work or have dropped out of the labor force, 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%. The most rapid increase in debt of any President ever. That this year the economy grew slower than last year, and 2011 grew slower than the one before.

    The evidence of Mr. Obama’s time in power includes his 2008 vow to cut the deficit in half. Instead he doubled it in 2009 and then presided over three more $1 trillion-plus reprises. He said he’d cut health costs by $2,500 per family, yet average employee-sponsored family premiums have climbed $1,975 since ObamaCare passed.

    These are facts. If they are news to many Americans, it is because Mr. Obama has campaigned as if this were still 2008 and “hope and change” were just an election away. The same press corps that demands “specifics” from Mr. Romney never asks Mr. Obama for anything—never mind parsing the numbers on such jerry-rigged claims that he’ll reduce the deficit by “$4 trillion.”

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