The Lying Lies of Mitt Romney

With a little more than a month before the New Hampshire Republican primary, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has released his first ad of the campaign, a blistering attack on President Obama’s economic record:

The ad hinges on a quip from Obama’s 2008 campaign, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” The problem, of course, is that Obama was quoting the words of a McCain strategist. At best, Romney’s choice to put them in the mouth of Obama is disingenuous; at worst, it’s an outright lie. And given the extent to which the rest of the ad relies on various distortions -– Romney decries the high foreclosure rate despite his preference for a process that keeps homeowners underwater -– “lying” is a fair way to describe his rhetoric.

This isn’t the first instance of dishonesty from the Romney campaign, and it won’t be the last. To wit, after the Obama campaign attacked this ad as “deceitful,” Romney spokesperson Gail Gitcho responded with this rejoinder:

The White House doesn’t want to talk about the economy and continues to attempt to distract voters from President Obama’s abysmal economic record.

As ThinkProgress notes, this ignores the four months of Obama’s presidency in which he’s done nothing but push the American Jobs Act to Congress and the public. If there hasn’t been progress, that has less to do with Obama and everything to do with the Republican Party’s categorical opposition to anything that could improve the economy.


The Romney spokesperson's comment ignores Obama's four month campaign swing? I don't think so. Obama wouldn't even call on Democrats to bring the bill to a vote. He knew that bill would never pass. It was not an attempt to help the economy. It was an attempt to help his own reelection bid. How can this publication claim any insight into the political process when it demonstrates such manifest naiveté.

And how is it a "lie" to decry the high foreclosure rate and still believe that the government should not artificially inflate the price of housing to avoid foreclosure? Romney's position is not that homeowners should remain underwater, but that the market should be allowed to dictate the price of housing, which would lead to a quicker bottom and accelerate the recovery in the market. Given that outstanding mortgage debt amounts to trillions of dollars, this is actually the only possible solution, except printing the money to pay the loans, which nobody is proposing. Given that the author of this article is clearly ignorant of the dilemmas involved in the housing market, perhaps the boldness of the title calls for us to redirect it at the author.

Romney maybe a Mormon, but with sooo many lies under his belt, he surly is not Christ-like.

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