Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Romney: Lies And More Lies

In the midst of the hilarity of the "bayonets and horses" zinger, leading several wags to note the three b's of the debates: Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets, interjected a moment of solemnity in their piece, "At The Last Presidential Debate: Romney Told 24 Myths In 41 Minutes."

This piece was the last of a trilogy starting with, "At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes after the first debate, and "At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes" after the second, for a total of 84 lies in 120 minutes.

For those who may be mathematically-challenged, or for Conservative sheeplets, this means that Romney lied during 70 percent of the total debate time.  I leave it to those proficient with video editing to determine the percentage of lies during the time that Mr. Romney's lips were moving; allowing for the time of the questions by the moderators and the responses from President Obama, this figure probably approaches the 100 percent level so often suggested by this site. (

A sampling of the most egregious of the 24 lies so ably documented by Thinkprogress's author Igor Volsky:

1) “Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.” Romney has his geography wrong. Syria doesn’t share a border with Iran and Iran has 1,500 miles of coastline leading to the Arabian Sea. It is also able to reach the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

4) “[W]hen — when the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, the Green Revolution occurred, for the president to be silent I thought was an enormous mistake.” Obama spoke out about the Revolution on June 15, 2009, just two days after post-election demonstrations began in Iran, condemning the Iranian government’s hard-handed crackdown on Iranian activists. He then reiterated his comments a day later in another press conference. Iranian activists have agreed with Obama’s approach.

6) “[W]e are going to have North American energy independence. We’re going to do it by taking full advantage of oil, coal, gas, nuclear and our renewables.” Romney would actuallyeliminate the fuel efficiency standards that are moving the United States towards energy independence, even though his campaign plan relies on these rules to meet his goals.

9) “Well, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan basis to put in place education principles that focused on having great teachers in the classroom.” Education experts have faint praise for his proposals while he was governor. “His impact was inconsequential,” said Glen Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. “People viewed his proposals as political talking points, and no one took Romney seriously.”

13) “Our Navy is old — excuse me, our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917…That, in my view, is making — is making our future less certain and less secure. The U.S. Navy is smaller than it was in 1917, but it is not making America less secure. The navy has actually grown in the sheer number of ships under Obama and Romney’s plans to increase shipbuilding is unrealistic. As one historian told PolitiFact, counting the number of ships or aircraft “is not a good measurement of defense strength because their capabilities have increased dramatically in recent decades.” Romney’s comparison “doesn’t pass ‘the giggle test,’” he said.

15) “And I think that when the president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel, that they noticed that as well.” They haven’t noticed because it’s not true. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN, “President Obama is doing . . . more than anything that I can remember in the past [in regard to our security].” “When I look at the record of President Obama concerning the major issues, security, I think it’s a highly satisfactory record, from an Israeli point of view,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

20) “My plan to get the [auto] industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that. I said they need — these [auto] companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy.” Romney’s plan for the auto bailout would have ensured the collapse of the auto industry. In his editorial titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” Romney advocated for letting the private sector finance the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler. Auto insiders, however, have said that plan was “reckless” and “pure fantasy.”

23) “I was in a state where my legislature was 87 percent Democrat. I learned how to get along on the other side of the aisle.” Given Romney’s 844 vetoes as governor, Massachusetts legislators dispute this claim. As the New York Times has noted, “The big-ticket items that Mr. Romney proposed when he entered office in January 2003 went largely unrealized, and some that were achieved turned out to have a comparatively minor impact."

This trilogy from Thinkprogress is one that should be saved and studied for all of those unfortunate enough to have to endure the mindless rhetoric from Conservative sheeplets, as well as to understand the lies coming from the Conservative leadership. (

As we've stated on so many daily posts, Conservatives, within their front group Republican Party, have to lie, since the vast majority of people living in a representative democracy reject the notion that only the wealthy elites are fit to rule.  We also have repeatedly shown that the Conservative capos use their propaganda gifts to sway the most susceptible of our society, the intellectually challenged, the evangelical "enthusiasts," and those described as Authoritarian Personalities.

Their true aim, to create a new age of American Feudalism, is anti-democratic and anti-American.  This objective should be considered a criminal conspiracy and dealt with accordingly.  All of the methods used to achieve this aim should be categorized as crimes against the People and in order to save the nation the leadership arrested, tried, convicted and punished.


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