* It was really sad to watch. Mitt Romney put on a stunning debate performance … stunning in its duplicity. Romney lied and lied and lied, rejecting his own campaign positions and repeating known misstatements on Obama programs … Romney will say anything, different today from yesterday and different tomorrow from today. He is simply not worthy of America’s trust.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 4, 2012
Mitt Romney put on a stunning debate performance … stunning in its duplicity. In other words, he lied and lied and lied. He rejected his own campaign positions and repeating the misstatements he has made on several key Obama programs.
Here are some of the more blatant lies …
$716 billion from Medicare … Mr. Romney repeated his claim that $716 billion in Medicare reductions would come from current beneficiaries, ignoring the fact that Obama did not cut benefits by $716 billion but rather reduced Medicare reimbursements to health care providers, chiefly insurance companies and drug manufacturers. According to nonpartisan analysts, it is Mr. Romney who would both cut benefits and add costs for beneficiaries if he restored the $716 billion in reductions, which by the way is identical to cuts made by VP nominee Ryan in his budget plan. Restoring higher payments to insurers and other companies would in turn increase Medicare premiums because beneficiaries share in Medicare’s total cost.
The deficit … Mr. Romney said Mr. Obama had doubled the deficit. That is not true. The annual deficit has declined under President Obama from what it was under President Bush.
Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut … Instead of detailing the deductions and other means he would use to make his $5 trillion tax cut “revenue neutral,” Romney simply lied and said he was not proposing a $5 trillion tax cut, when that is clearly what he has been proposing for months.
Federal role in healthcare … Romney said that Obamacare would allow the federal government to “take over health care,” whereas in fact Obamacare builds on the foundation of private health insurance, providing subsidies for millions of low- and moderate-income people to buy private insurance.
Green stimulus … Romney said that half the companies backed by the president’s green energy stimulus program have gone out of business. That is a gross overstatement.