Steve Benen has been cataloguing Mitt Romney’s lies and it has become quite a list. There is something new going on here we haven’t seen before in presidential politics. It’s not just that Mittens garnishes his speeches with a few zombie lies, it’s that he lies so continuously that his entire stump speeches are now nothing but one easily debunked lie piled on top of another from end to end. It’s unprecedented. Here’s a just a few of Romney’s serial whoppers, the rebuttals are linked in the original piece:
(Maddow Blog) — 3. Romney acknowledged that President “inherited” the recession, but added that Obama “didn’t make it better.”
That’s plainly false.
4. In the same speech, Romney said once “Obamacare” is implemented, “government at all levels” will “consume” 50% of the American economy.
David Corn explains today that this is Romney’s arguably “biggest fib,” which falls “somewhere between ‘ridiculous’ and ‘stupid.’”
5. Also from that speech, Romney said Obama’s record includes “the first trillion deficit in history.”
That’s a blatant lie — the day Obama was inaugurated, there was a $1.3 trillion deficit Bush had left for him to clean up.
When people read posts like this, no doubt a few of them conclude progressive bloggers like Benen (Or me) are just making hay out of the usual suite of lies all politicians tell because we don’t like Republicans. I can’t speak for Maddow Blog but that’s actually backwards in my case: I’ve come to dislike Republicans intensely because of the endless lies they tell and the damage those lies have caused. Mitt Romney has become exhibit A in the Hall of Damaging Lies.
I never seen anything like it. It seems like everything Republicans campaign on these days involves massive, unprecedented deception; tricking voters with bald-faced pants-on-fire lies. I can’t think of a single issue off the top of my head where Romney paints an accurate picture and proposes a solution based on factual data and historical experience, and it doesn’t end there. Mitt Romney doesn’t just lie about what Obama said or lie about what Obama did, Mitt Romney lies about what Mitt Romney said and what Mitt Romney did.
Mitt Romney would have gone into Pakistan to get bin Laden, but Mitt Romney would not have violated Pakistan’s borders. Mitt Romney would have let Detroit go bankrupt instead of bailing it out like Obama did, but Mitt Romney should get the credit for the bailout because Obama took Mitt Romney’s advice on Detroit. Mitt Romney personally helped create and then signed market based healthcare legislation that should be a model for the entire nation, on the other hand Mitt Romney thinks it’s dangerous, unconstitutional socialism that must be repealed immediately or the nation will fall.
Maybe there is one issue where Romney doesn’t lie his ass off, maybe I’m just missing it. But if we restrict ourselves to those issues where there is a difference between how the GOP and the democrats would proceed or resolve a problem, can you think of a single Romney-Republican issue that doesn’t rely heavily on creative fiction?