OK, we all know by now that President Barack Obama sucked in his debate performance against Mitt Romney last night.
However, that did not stop the Obama campaign from producing a video that highlighted some of the untruths–and there were many of them–the GOP candidate was peddling in Denver. Click here to check out the short clip.
But the video is just a drop in the bucket in regards to the mythology of Romney’s positions as well as his misconstruing of Obama’s accomplishments.
A Rolling Stone article titled, “The First Debate: Mitt Romney’s 5 Biggest Lies,” outlines his most notable fallacies.
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Here is one lie Rolling Stone pointed out:
“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 millionunemployed. 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.”
Thing is, some of these 12.5 million people–the real number–who are out of work are part of that 47 percent Romney says he can’t do much for. If you don’t believe us, listen to him at a recent fundraiser in the video below.
Another lie, a fear-mongering one, that Romney pushed in last night’s debate was the fallacy that, under Obama’s plan, there will be a board of experts who will decide what kind of medical treatment a patient can get:
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.
Watch the videos below and observe how Romney is taking a few points from Palin’s playbook on Obamacare.
Sarah Palin’s Death Panel Scare
Watch Romney Talk About Panels at 5:11 in the video
For a complete wrap-up of Romney’s fibbing, go to the Rolling Stone.
If you want a complete rundown of the GOP candidate’s flip-flops, check out the video below.