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The First Debate: Mitt Romney's Five Biggest Lies

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The First Debate: Mitt Romney's Five Biggest Lies

The truth behind that $5 trillion tax cut, pre-existing conditions and more

  
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at the first Presidential Debate.
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October 4, 2012 9:32 AM ET

Mitt Romney turned in a polished performance in last night's presidential debate - and revealed himself to be an accomplished and unapologetic liar. In an evening where he sought to slice and dice the president with statistics, Romney baldly misrepresented his own policy prescriptions, made up numbers to fit his attacks and buried clear contrasts with the president under a heaping pile of horseshit.

Here are mendacious Mitt's five most outrageous statements:

1. "I don't have a $5 trillion tax cut." Romney flatly lied about the cost of his proposal to cut income-tax rates across the board by another 20 percent (undercutting even the low rates of the Bush tax cuts). Independent economists at the Tax Policy Center have shown that the price tag for those cuts is $360 billion in the first year, a cost that extrapolates to $5 trillion over a decade.

2. "I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans." Romney has claimed that he will pay for his tax cuts by closing a variety of loopholes and deductions. The factual problem? Romney hasn't named a single loophole he's willing to close; worse, there's no way to offset $5 trillion in tax cuts even if you get rid of the entire universe of deductions for the wealthy that Romney has not put off the table (like the carried interest loophole or the 15 percent capital gains rate.) The Tax Policy Center report concludes that Romney's proposal would create a "net tax cut for high-income tax payers and a net tax increase for lower- and or middle-income taxpayers." Moreover, some of Romney's tax cuts are micro-targeted at American dynasties, particularly his proposal to eliminate the estate tax, which would reduce his own sons' tax burden by tens of millions of dollars.

3. "We've got 23 million people out of work or [who have] stopped looking for work in this country." Romney is lying for effect. The nation's crisis of joblessness is bad, but not 23 million bad. The official figure is 12.5 million unemployed. An additional 2.6 million Americans have stopped looking for jobs. How does Romney gin up his eye-popping 23 million figure? He counts more than 8 million wage earners who hold part-time jobs as also being "out of work."

4. Obamacare "puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have." Romney is reviving Sarah Palin's old death panels lie here. Obamacare does establish an Independent Payment Advisory Board to help constrain the growth of Medicare spending. The body has no authority to dictate the practices of the private insurance marketplace. And the law also makes explicit that this body is banned from rationing care or limiting medical benefits to seniors.

5. "Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan." In the biggest whopper of the night, Romney suggested that his health care proposal would guarantee coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions. This is just not true. Under Romney, if you have a pre-existing condition and have been unable to obtain insurance coverage or if you have had to drop coverage for more than 90 days because you lost your job or couldn't afford the premiums, you would be shit out of luck. Insurance companies could continue to discriminate and deny you coverage, as even Romney's top adviser conceded after the debate was over



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-first-debate-mitt-romneys-five-biggest-lies-20121004#ixzz28Neky213

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM
She was talking about Romney. And that saying is not racial. Saying you'd like to see that *N* get lynched would be racial


Quoting asfriend:

Hang himself?



Are you serious? Do you have even the first clue how racially charged comments like that are? That couldn't have been an accident, you know one of those men on stage was a Black man, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself for that. SMFH

Ridiculous, how can we ever come together, with divisive hate speech rhetoric.

Surely this thread will be pulled.

Unbelievable.




Quoting Lurion:

Wow, how long did it take to narrow it down to just 5?

I think Obama was just so stunned by the BS that was pouring out of Romney's mouth, he didn't even know how to respond...or he was just giving him enough rope to hang himself. Hoping for the latter.



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Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Sarcasm?


Quoting asfriend:

Shock that you would "have his back".




Quoting Aslen:

Obama has had my support and my vote since 2008. Thats not gonna change. Especially for a snake oil salesman like Mittens


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Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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Im working and earmimg more now.than I did under gwb....


Quoting ms-superwoman:

Having a low paying job is not unemployed. Just means a person has a low paying job. A low wage person still has a job and is making an income.



Quoting MELRN:

I can tell you that under Obama's plan  my employeer went private and by doing so has refused to cover 6 Rn's children's who have PKU  a genetic disorder where they drink a special forula esssentially to stay alive the cost is $750/week for the formula-- they are using an Obama loop to say its medical food and we do not cover food .....this is a formula by Rx only made by a pharmasist ONLY--HOWEVER  in the community the medicaid pay children who have PKU are now covered for their 'medical food'---  


if you are employeed part time at $9.75/hr  for 20 hours per week   and you used to have a 40 hour per week job paying $22/hr THAT IS UNEMPLOYEED and I am living it  personally


I agree with limitting end of life cost of care totally(#4)

the tax you pay on stock market profit is NOT the same as income tax  one is from an employer theother is your already EARNED money legally gambled and you won.......


I am a registered democrate and will vote Romney on Election day!



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asfriend
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Oh, so lynching whitie done be okay!


Quoting Aslen:

She was talking about Romney. And that saying is not racial. Saying you'd like to see that *N* get lynched would be racial




Quoting asfriend:

Hang himself?





Are you serious? Do you have even the first clue how racially charged comments like that are? That couldn't have been an accident, you know one of those men on stage was a Black man, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself for that. SMFH


Ridiculous, how can we ever come together, with divisive hate speech rhetoric.


Surely this thread will be pulled.


Unbelievable.






Quoting Lurion:

Wow, how long did it take to narrow it down to just 5?

I think Obama was just so stunned by the BS that was pouring out of Romney's mouth, he didn't even know how to respond...or he was just giving him enough rope to hang himself. Hoping for the latter.




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asfriend
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM
In what way?


Quoting Aslen:

Sarcasm?




Quoting asfriend:

Shock that you would "have his back".






Quoting Aslen:

Obama has had my support and my vote since 2008. Thats not gonna change. Especially for a snake oil salesman like Mittens



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Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

When did you drop out of school? Like, 2nd grade? Because your lack of reading comprehension is laughable

Quoting asfriend:

Oh, so lynching whitie done be okay!


Quoting Aslen:

She was talking about Romney. And that saying is not racial. Saying you'd like to see that *N* get lynched would be racial




Quoting asfriend:

Hang himself?





Are you serious? Do you have even the first clue how racially charged comments like that are? That couldn't have been an accident, you know one of those men on stage was a Black man, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself for that. SMFH


Ridiculous, how can we ever come together, with divisive hate speech rhetoric.


Surely this thread will be pulled.


Unbelievable.






Quoting Lurion:

Wow, how long did it take to narrow it down to just 5?

I think Obama was just so stunned by the BS that was pouring out of Romney's mouth, he didn't even know how to respond...or he was just giving him enough rope to hang himself. Hoping for the latter.





annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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I am afraid, she never went to school. She had 'better things' to do - listen to shit-talk of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck...

Quoting Aslen:

When did you drop out of school? Like, 2nd grade? Because your lack of reading comprehension is laughable

Quoting asfriend:

Oh, so lynching whitie done be okay!


Quoting Aslen:

She was talking about Romney. And that saying is not racial. Saying you'd like to see that *N* get lynched would be racial




Quoting asfriend:

Hang himself?





Are you serious? Do you have even the first clue how racially charged comments like that are? That couldn't have been an accident, you know one of those men on stage was a Black man, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself for that. SMFH


Ridiculous, how can we ever come together, with divisive hate speech rhetoric.


Surely this thread will be pulled.


Unbelievable.






Quoting Lurion:

Wow, how long did it take to narrow it down to just 5?

I think Obama was just so stunned by the BS that was pouring out of Romney's mouth, he didn't even know how to respond...or he was just giving him enough rope to hang himself. Hoping for the latter.




 


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Wow, a couple were serious lies, not just fiddling with statistics.
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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Lol.
Really? How can we come together? Really?

The person who likes to pop in with a "ridiculous post" and then smirk in the background? You are trying to bring people together? Or do you just claim people are driving a wedge when they refuse to like your propaganda? Tell us about pre Columbian America again. Please


Quoting asfriend:

Hang himself?



Are you serious? Do you have even the first clue how racially charged comments like that are? That couldn't have been an accident, you know one of those men on stage was a Black man, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself for that. SMFH

Ridiculous, how can we ever come together, with divisive hate speech rhetoric.

Surely this thread will be pulled.

Unbelievable.




Quoting Lurion:

Wow, how long did it take to narrow it down to just 5?

I think Obama was just so stunned by the BS that was pouring out of Romney's mouth, he didn't even know how to respond...or he was just giving him enough rope to hang himself. Hoping for the latter.


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lga1965
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting toomanypoodles:

Oh, I ALWAYS get MY news from Rolling Stone. lol

 If it is the TRUTH, it doesn't martter where it is published.

It IS the truth.

Deal with it.

If you had an open mind and wanted to learn something, you would read Rolling Stone. But that won't happen ,will it. @@

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