After Mitt Romney won another state that President Obama will carry in November, he converted his victory speech into a marathon of lies about Barack Obama.
Here is the video from MSNBC:
Romney opened with a real whopper, “We began this movement on a small farm in New Hampshire on a sunny June day, surrounded by a small group of friends, family, and supporters. We shared a conviction that the America we loved was in trouble and adrift without strong leadership. Three years of Barack Obama had brought us fewer jobs and shrinking paychecks, but many of us believed we were in danger of losing something more than the value of homes and 401(k)s.”
The problem with Romney’s claim that under Obama there are fewer jobs is that it isn’t true. Romney appears to have based his estimate on the numbers for the total terms for each of the recent presidents.
However when one excludes the first year of each new presidency, the first year should be excluded because the budget and much of the economic prioritizing has already been set by the prior president, the numbers tell a different story.
PolitiFact found that when you look at the numbers one year into the president’s term, as of January 2012, President Obama created almost four million more jobs than former President Bush. When we add in the fact that President Obama created more jobs in a year, than George W. Bush did in eight years, it is clear that once again Snake Oil Salesman Mitt is playing fast and loose with the facts.
Romney later claimed that Obama has presided over the highest gas prices in history, “After the years of too many apologies and not enough jobs, historic drops in income and historic highs in gas prices, of a President who doesn’t hesitate to use all means necessary to force Obamacare on the American public but leads from behind in world affairs, it’s time to say, ‘Enough!’” (The highest gas price in US history occurred in July of 2008 under George W. Bush when the average cost of a gallon of gas was $4.11).
Mitt Romney’s biggest lie was a rehash of one he used yesterday in his speech on economic freedom. (Hint: Romney defines economic freedom as the freedom for the rich to do whatever they please. Economic freedom is under attack in his mind when a tax hike on the wealthy is proposed.
Romney actually broke out the Obama banned light bulbs super duper lie, “But the problem is: he’s still Barack Obama. And under this President, those pioneers would have faced an uphill battle to innovate, invent, and create. Under Dodd-Frank, they would have struggled to get a loan from their community bank. A regulator would have shut down the Wright Brothers for their “dust pollution.” And the government would have banned Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Oh, that’s right. They just did.”
No, they didn’t. The truth is that it was George W. Bush who signed the Energy Independence and National Security Act into law in 2007. (Notice how George W. Bush has been erased from the collective Republican Party memory). This is the law that mandated higher energy standards for light bulbs. There is no ban on light bulbs, but if there was it was George W. Bush who signed it.
Of course, none of this actually mattered to Romney and his roaming band of Mitt wits who lapped up every Fox News approved mistruth that came out the GOP frontrunner’s mouth like Rush Limbaugh taking notes at a Klan rally. Just as a fat kid loves cake, terrified white Republicans can’t resist gorging themselves on lies about President Obama.
Mitt Romney’s master plan for winning the presidency appears centered around repeating as many lies about President Obama as often as possible. This plan is easy to implement when a shape shifting moderate is trying wow an audience that already despises the current president, but it will be interesting to see how Romney’s Kamikaze campaign of negativity will fare when he has try it out against a broader electorate that personally likes this president.
Mitt Romney’s entire campaign isn’t based on any concrete notion of positive change that he would bring to the nation. The entire premise for his campaign to be elected president appears to be based on negativity, half-truths, and lies about President Obama.
The fact that Romney has chosen to go down this path speaks volumes about the lack of substance behind the man, and the superficiality of his campaign.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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