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* 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

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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.

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4 Responses to “* 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.”

  1. Chris said

    You are absolutely correct !!!!!!

    How is your guy any different?

    • Lew Weinstein said

      I really think Obama does not lie. He has made promises he hasn’t been able to keep, but he doesn’t say his policy is one thing one day and something else the next day. He has been willing to compromise, which I think is a good thing. And he might change his mind over some period of time and based on new information.

      Romney, however, was a disgraceful liar last night, and he has been throughout the entire campaign. He is an unprincipled salesman changing his pitch to fit the customer, with no consistent core. Last night he said things about his own programs that were blatantly untrue. The problem is that Obama did not call him on his lies.

      Did Obama lie? I don’t think so, but if you do, what was Obama’s lie?

      • Chris said

        See previous posts for examples. But then again not really necessary because your guy does not lie just unable to deliver or miss spoke.

      • Lew Weinstein said

        I agree that Obama has not fulfilled all of his promises and intentions. A big part of that is the relentless Republican opposition to everything Obama proposed. Another part is that the job is more difficult than Obama may have anticipated. A third part is that Obama may not be as skilled as he might be in managing his own staff and in dealing with the Congress. However, all that is a long way from the continuing series of blatant lies from Romney and Ryan, not only about Obama but also about their own programs and intentions. Their story changes every day. What they really believe cannot be known. Obama’s intentions and concerns are far clearer, and I think far more commendable.

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