When will mainstream media call Mitt Romney on his lies? Granted; Romney insulates himself by hiding out in FOX territory. But other news forums and talk shows like CNN, ABC, and print media owe it to the public to refute the GOP candidate’s most egregious lies.
Romney Lie #1: “Spending under Obama has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history.”
This claim was refuted by Rex Nutting, the international commentary editor for the financial website MarketWatch, published a column titled, “Obama spending binge never happened.”
What PolitiFact found: Obama has indeed presided over the slowest growth in spending of any president using raw dollars, and it was the second-slowest if you adjust for inflation. The math simultaneously backs up Nutting’s calculations and demolishes Romney’s contention.
Romney Lie #2: When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, “we didn’t just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it.”
What PolitiFact found: Spending rose by an average of about 5 percent per year during Romney’s term.
Romney Lie #3: “Eliminating ObamaCare saves $95 billion a year”.
What PolitiFact found: Fully repealing the law would also repeal mechanisms that reduce the deficit, such as cost reductions and higher taxes. When the CBO looked at the first 10 years of repeal, from 2012 to 2021, it found that repeal added $210 billion to the deficit. So the deficit would actually be lower if the law is not repealed.
Romney Lie #4: “Three years ago, a newly elected President Obama told America that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars, he would hold unemployment below 8 percent.”
What PolitiFact found: Romney based this claim on a forecast and distorts it as a promise made by President-elect Obama. Romney completely ignored the footnoted disclaimer: “Forecasts of the unemployment rate without the recovery plan vary substantially. Some private forecasters anticipate unemployment rates as high as 11% in the absence of action.”
Romney Lie # 5: “Obama Care puts undue hardship on small business and stifles small business growth”
What Harvard Study found: Medical spending harms employment and economic growth. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would be the true job killer. Repealing Obama Care would:
- Increase medical spending by $125 billion by the end of this decade and add nearly $2,000 annually to family insurance premiums
- Destroy 250,000 to 400,000 jobs annually over the next decade
- Reduce the share of workers who start new businesses, move to new jobs, or otherwise invest in themselves and the economy
Ironically, PolitiFact found that Obama Care closely mirrors Romney Care.
Romney Lie #6: President Obama “promised” families making less than $250,000 a year would not see taxes go up, but “Obamacare raises 18 different taxes.”
What Politifact found: This claim by Romney Super PAC mostly false, since federal excise tax on tobacco and tax on indoor tanning services indirectly impacts Americans making less than $250,000 a year.