The BIG FAT LIES Romney told me

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“When the president went around at the beginning of his term and apologized for America around the world, it made us just heartsick.”

Must have been someone else: If saying "I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world" is an apology, then he should say sorry more often.


“I've still got the same positions on the issues I had four years ago. My record as governor and my positions are pretty darn conservative.”

Except when your positions changed: Between abortion, universal health care and global warming, you've flip-flopped more than a family of eight on a beach in Oahu.


“Mr. Obama seeks a 'European-style welfare state' to redistribute wealth and create 'equal outcomes' regardless of individual effort and success.”

File this under: pants on fire: "Restoring Clinton-era taxes is not a plan to equalize outcomes, or even close". It's an attempt to regain the surplus that the last Republican president so easily squandered.


“The National Labor Relations Board, now stacked with union stooges selected by the president, says to a free enterprise like Boeing, 'You can't build a factory in South Carolina, because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.' That is simply un-American. It's political payback of the worst kind.”

Is lying as un-American?: Actually, the NLRB was following black-letter law to protect against corporate retaliation, which could be seen as corporate "payback of the worst kind" and pretty un-American.


“What unfortunately happens is, with all the multiplicity of federal programs, you have massive overhead with government bureaucrats in Washington administering all these programs, and very little of the money that's actually needed by those that really need help, those that can't care for themselves, actually reaches them.”

This statement is false: At least nine-tenths of this federal spending reaches low-income Americans, meaning "very little" of it goes to admin costs.


“He [Obama] lost our AAA credit rating.”

Who did?: The Republicans did, when they turned the debt ceiling into "a political football." (According to the agency that downgraded us.) So that bumps your rating up to Grade A Liar.


“The number one to cut is Obamacare. That saves $95 billion a year.”

Better luck next time: Actually, repealing it would cost the nation billions and increase the deficit by $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period.


“[The Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill] makes it harder for community banks to make loans.”

No, it's keeping their doors open: The bill actually levels the playing field against the big banks who fucked over community banks, which, in turn, asked for this regulation so they could stay afloat.


“With regards to their ads, I haven't seen 'em.”

You just knew them by heart: Next time you lie about this, try not immediately following it with "the ad I saw..." Or, try not telling ridiculous lies at all. Just a thought.


“What kind of America [are we] going to have... Are we going to remain a merit society?... Some people don't like free enterprise and capitalism... There are those who say let's not go down this path. Let's instead take a course to become a European-style welfare society where the role of government is to take from some and give to others. It sounds good. It creates greater equality. But it also creates poverty.”

Then you denied saying it.: There's more poverty in the United States than the nations of Western Europe (twice as much, actually), so we get why you wouldn't say that. Except that you did.


“The president is planning on cutting $1 trillion out of military spending.”

Try 450 billion over 10 years: It's cute when kids exaggerate with trillions and gazillions, but you're a grown up and the real number is 450 billion over 10 years (or 1.6%, to put it into perspective).


“This president has opened up no new markets for American goods around the world in his three years, even as European nations and China have opened up 44.”

Except for the ones he did: Obama has opened three new markets so far, one of which Bloomburg called "the largest trade deal since [NAFTA] in 1994," unless you're not counting that one. Or the other two.


“We've got a president in office three years, and he does not have a jobs plan yet. I've got one out there already and I'm not even president, yet.”

Umm, you endorsed parts of his.: Remember the plan Obama presented to Congress 4 months before you said this? Y'know, the one you partially endorsed? No doctor's note is getting you out of this one, Mitt.


“Our navy is smaller than it's been since 1917.”

Actually, it's not: The Navy currently has "more ships than at any point in the last four years of the Bush administration." Too bad you can't run against him.


“Don't forget who it was that cut Medicare by $500 billion. And that was President Obama, to pay for Obamacare.”

Go on...: You must get a kick out of scaring old people for no reason because it's more like $500 billion in savings wrung from health-care providers, not Medicare beneficiaries. Meanie.


“While we've got $15 trillion of debt, [the president] said, 'Look, I'm going to put another $1 trillion of debt for Obamacare.' ”

Huh?: Repealing it would only add to the deficit, Mitt. Adding $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period.


“I'm concerned about the poor in this country. We have to make sure the safety net is strong and able to help those who can't help themselves. I'm not terribly worried about the very wealthiest in our society; they're doing just fine.”

Your "safety net" has a hole: So let's cut Social Security by $130 billion and Medicare by about $90 billion (in 2016 alone), but give the weathiest people a tax cut. Poor people across America thank you for your "concern."


“We need to send to Washington someone who has not lived in Washington, but someone who's lived in the real streets of America…. We need to have someone outside Washington go to Washington.”

Riiiiiight: I guess that's why youre quadrupling your already $12 million oceanfront mansion. The streets weren't "real" enough.


“This president went before the United Nations and castigated Israel for building settlements. He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip.”

2009 and 2011 don't count?: In both 2009 and 2011, Obama spoke about the rocket attacks on Israel before the UN General Assembly and even called for a stop to them, so...


“We shouldn't forget that for two years, this President had a Congress that could do everything he wanted.”

Except not really: Obstructionism in the form of filibusters soared in 2009 and 2010 as Republicans abused the rules like no other party in American history.


“If you want to get the economy going, lower corporate tax rates. He's [Obama] raised them.”

He didn't: Obama hasn't raised tax rates even once during his presidency. If you do the math, that adds up to zero times.


“My investments, of course, are managed not by me. For the last 10 years they've been guided and managed by a trustee, they're in a blind trust. And the trustee invested in mutual funds and so forth and apparently one of the funds had Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac bonds.”

Except you did know: Your holdings in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fell outside of your blind trust, meaning you did know about them. Speaking of trust...


“On one of the most personal matters of our lives, our health care, President Obama would turn decision making over to government bureaucrats.”

Brazen, even for you: Obamacare is not government-run health care and you know it. It's an option for those that once had none.


“He's frequently telling us that he did not cause the recession, and that's true. But he made it worse.”

He did?: Under Obama the economy has only gotten stronger. The numbers don't lie, unlike certain GOP presidential candidates.


“We are the only people on the earth that put our hand over our heart during the playing of the national anthem. It was FDR who asked us to do that, in honor of the blood that was being shed by our sons and daughters in far-off places.”

Brazil and Japan don't count?: 10 points for creativity, but other countries, including Brazil and Japan, share this custom. Not to mention that everything you said there was made up.


“Just this last week, this same administration said that in churches and the institutions they run, such as schools and, let's say, adoption agencies, hospitals, that they have to provide for their employees, free of charge, contraceptives, morning-after pills — in other words, abortive pills and the like at no cost.”

Straight from the horse's mouth: Actually churches and other houses of worship will be exempt from the requirement to offer insurance that covers contraception.


“When I came into office and we were working on healthcare I fought to remove those mandates [contraceptives] from coverages.”

Where was the fight?: When you were Governor you signed a statewide health-care reform package that solidified the contraception mandate. So you're either a liar or a really bad fighter. Or both.


“I will cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund which supports China's barbaric one-child policy.”

It doesn't: Actually, the UNFPA provides health care to women and children, screening for reproductive cancers and HIV/AIDS prevention. Just ask Colin Powell. What it does not do is support China's one-child policy.


“The president has failed to offer a single serious idea to save Social Security and is the only president in modern history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors.”

None of that is true: Actually the savings come from health-care providers, not Medicare beneficiaries, and no one's benefits have been cut at all.


“Our bill [Romneycare] was 70 pages; his bill [Obamacare] is 2,700 pages.”

Actually it was 145 vs. 200: Just double the 70 pages in your bill and subtract 2,500 from Obama's bill and your math is dead-on.


“This president should have put in place crippling sanctions against Iran, he did not.”

Actually, he did: Obama has done more to thwart Iran's nuclear program than Bush did. Like when he by funded and supported multinational cyber-sabatoge efforts that forced Iran to make obvious errors.


Syria is the route that allows Iran to supply Hezbollah with weapons in Lebanon. Syria is Iran's route to the sea.”

Uh...: Weird, since Iran has 1,500 miles of its own coastline. Not since Palin seeing Russia from her house have we heard such geographic ridiculousness.


“I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama.”

Where's the attack?: How is exempting houses of worship and religiously-affiliated employers from having to directly pay contraception coverage an attack?


“[The Obama administration is] requiring the Catholic Church to provide for its employees and its various enterprises health care insurance that would include birth control, sterilization and the morning-after pill. Unbelievable.”

Unbelievable or untrue?: Obama's plan specifically exempts houses of worship and religiously-affiliated employers from having to pay contraception coverage directly.


“This is a president who is ... cutting our military budget by roughly a trillion dollars.”

Not even close: Actually it's 450 billion over the next 10 years (or 1.6 % to put it into perspective).


“Did you hear this? He believes he ranks among the top four presidents in American history. Can you believe that? I'd find a different spot for him.”

No, because it didn't happen: Not everyone's a megalomaniac, Mitt. What he said was "I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln."


“He [Obama] also promised he'd cut taxes for middle-income Americans. Hasn't done that, either.”

Except for the multiple times he did: Under Obama, a middle-class couple making $50,000 a year received an estimated $1,000 tax cut in 2011 and again in 2012. So yeah, he did that.


“There are a lot of people who were saying that if you are running for office you really can't speak honestly to the American people. Well, we did.”

No comment: Okay, one comment: just refresh the page and you'll see what a crock of hooey that is.


“This president, by the way, he likes to remind us that he inherited an economy that was in crisis. But he doesn't like to remind us that he also inherited a Democrat [sic] Congress. He had majorities in both the House and the Senate. He was free to pursue any policy he pleased.”

Filibusters broke records: Republicans filibustered the crap out of Congress, like no other party in American history, breaking records time and time again for the amount of time it took to 'freely pursue policies.'


“This president wants to raise your taxes. I'm going to cut them.”

If you're a millionaire: But If you're in the bottom 20% of all earners, you'll see a tax increase under Romney. Because, you know, you can afford it the most.


“This is a president who's not been helping the situation. And then he takes his EPA and uses them to try and stifle the development of oil and gas in this country.”

Oil production is up: The same day you said this, the US exported more oil than it imported for the first time since 1949. Maybe Obama's stifling oil imports!


“Early on, we were asked if what you did in Massachusetts should be something you'd have the federal government do? I said no from the very beginning. No. This is designed for our state and our circumstance.”

No means no. You know?: So when you said health insurance mandates are "a terrific idea" and predicted "we'll end up with a nation that's taken a mandate approach," you were just being sarcastic? Good joke.


“He's going after TRICARE. Saying, 'Ok, we're going to raise the co-pays. We're going to cut the benefits.' Why is it we go after military families? ”

That's "wholly untrue": If by "going after military families" you mean to give them a check. Because, under Obama, they'll pay significantly less for coverage than comparable private or public sector options.


“He gave a speech the other day at his State of the Union address. He didn't even mention the deficit or the debt.”

Except for the six times he did.: Are you sure you weren't watching Dancing with the Stars? Because Obama mentioned it six times in his State of the Union address.


“This is a president who has failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran. He's also failed to communicate that military options are on the table and in fact in our hand. And that it's unacceptable to America for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

He did both of those things: Apparently you took a page out of LBJ's book of nuclear scare tactics, but Obama's got this covered — from the sanctions he's already put in place to telling Iran "I will take no options off the table." (including military.)


“This is the guy [Santorum] that voted to fund Planned Parenthood.”

In fairness, so did you: Remember when you also supported Planned Parenthood and even attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser? We do.


“[Obama plans to] end Medicare as we know it.”

Actually, that's you: Under Paul Ryan's budget plan, which you've endorsed, the existing Medicare program would be virtually wiped out (as we know it) and replaced by a voucher system.


“This is a president who thinks America is doing better.”

And you agree: Since you told Sean Hannity you "believe we're in a recovery mode, finally" we're not so much exposing a lie as we are taking a chance to point out how awesome you think Obama is doing.


“Time and again, I pointed out I'm not in favor of a health care plan that includes a national mandate.”

Except for when you said you were: In the past you seemed to think what was good enough for Massachusetts was good enough for the rest of us, but perhaps you don't care anymore.


“I believe we should get rid of Obamacare. It's a disaster. It's going to cost a $1 trillion-plus.”

Actually it cuts the deficit by billions: The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit by hundreds of billions, so it's affordable in more ways than one.


“There's no question that when [President Obama] ran for office, he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up.”

One question: when did he say that?: What we do recall him saying was that rising oil prices were "not good" and that he wanted to help people make the adjustment by "putting more money into their pockets."


“[President Obama] said that energy prices would skyrocket under his views and he selected three people to help him implement that program: the secretary of energy, the secretary of the interior, and the EPA administrator.”

Nope.: What he said was that he wouldn't implement a higher fuel tax, adding that "putting additional burdens on American families right now, I think, is a mistake."


“It's quite clear that the president wants to avoid in any way a discussion about a military option.”

So he discussed them publicly: While Obama has "a deeply held preference for peace over war" (because he's not an asshat), he's clearly stated he will take no options off the table, including "a military effort to be prepared for any contingency."


“Now we find out from the Congressional Budget Office that [Obama administration officials] underestimated [Affordable Care Act] costs — multiple trillions of new federal spending is simply not something people can afford.”

Or you misread it: Whoa, slow down Mittens. If you'd taken the time to read the report correctly, you'd know it rose by about $5 billion a year over the next 10 years. That's not even close to "multiple trillions."


“And the government would have banned Thomas Edison's light bulb. Oh yeah, Obama's regulators actually did just that.”

We don't even know what to say: First of all, Edison didn't invent the lightbulb; he improved it. (So he digs lightbulb improvements.) But, more importantly, it was Bush who signed the Energy Independence and Security Act that led to Obama's "revisions to improve energy efficiency."


“[Ryan's plan] preserves Medicare.”

It scraps Medicare: Did we not get the memo about "Opposites Day?" Because Ryan's plan completely replaces existing Medicare with a voucher system that will make "the pool of Medicare beneficiareies smaller, older and sicker."


“The president put an ad out yesterday, talking about gasoline prices and how high they are. And guess who he blamed? Me! ”

Gas prices were never mentioned: What the ad did mention was your messy affair with "Big Oil" and your willingness to shower them with gifts.


“The president said something interesting over the weekend. He said that 'in an ideal world, government could spend as much as it wanted.' ”

Even in a hypothetical world you're a liar: He said "if this was a perfect world we'd have unlimited resources and no one would have to pay any taxes..." (Unicorns for everyone!*) "But we live in the real world..."

* Under a Romney administration, only the wealthiest Americans would get hypothetical unicorns.


“Contrary to Vice President Biden and President Obama, I am not cutting taxes for the rich.”

Contrary to Mitt Romney, you are: On the contrary, your plan gives the wealthiest Americans the biggest tax break, while the lowest 20% of earners would see a tax increase. Because, you know, it's fun to watch people struggle.


“We know that under this president, chronic unemployment is the worst it's been in American history.”

Middle school history says otherwise: Actually today's numbers aren't anywhere near high enough to 'rival' those that prevailed for more than a decade during the Great Depression. And even you've said it's getting better. Under Obama.


“I'd be willing to consider the president's plan [on Medicare financing], but he doesn't have one.”

He does. You oppose it, remember?: You said he didn't have a plan and then proceeded to acknowledge his plan later in the same speech. Thanks for making this one so easy for us.


“With all the challenges the nation faces, this is not the time for President Obama's hide and seek campaign.... Unlike President Obama, you don't have to wait until after the election to find out what I believe in -- or what my plans are.”

What are your plans exactly?: Because when you say you'll eliminate or combine departments and agencies, and then add "but I'm not going to give you a list right now" we kind of feel like we're sitting with our eyes closed, counting to 10.


“The President's attention was elsewhere--like a government takeover of healthcare...”'s 2010 'Lie of the year': Obamacare is in no way a "takeover" of the private health system. It just helps more people get private health insurance. But the fact that this is's 2010 'Lie of the year' kind of says it all.


“Thirty percent of employers said they are going to drop the coverage for their employees when Obamacare is installed.”

100 percent lie: Funny, since actual employer surveys found that the vast majority will continue to offer their employees insurance. But those are only the real surveys.


“Simply put, President Obama's policies created a deeper recession and delayed the recovery. The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies.”

And we endure your lies: Simply put, your lies are creating deeper piles of bullshit, and Obama's 2009 stimulus plan has positively affected the economy, according to the CBO.


“President Obama is the first president in history to openly campaign for reelection on a platform of higher taxes. He has already raised taxes on millions of Americans, but he won't stop there. He wants to raise taxes on millions more by taxing small businesses and job creators.”

This one's not a lie. It's three.: In the past 3 years, the average taxpayer has seen at least $1,000 in tax cuts. Now Obama's proposing a tax increase for the wealthiest Americans, while you're only sticking it to the lowest 20% of earners.


“John Kerry released two years of taxes.”

Try 10: Kerry released about 10 tax returns, including 5 during his 2004 presidential campaign. You've released two, and one is only an estimate.


“They couldn't get it [The Buffet Rule] through their own Democratic Senate.”

And why not?: So it was the Dems, not the Republicans who were breaking records for filibustering like no other party in American history?


“This president decided to take over the student loan market.”

I think you mean "streamline": The Obama administration removed the middleman, saved taxpayers a ton of money and helped more young people get college degrees. And here you thought Little Debbie snack cakes were the closest thing to The American Dream.


“With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy.”

It absolutely will not: Even if government controlled all health care spending, which it doesn't, it would be closer to 10% of the economy. Any fifth grader (and some fourth) could tell you that's 40% less than half. And you're 100% lying.


“I want to help the poor.”

Go on...: Which part of "I'm not concerned about the very poor; we have a safety net there" is helping them exactly?


“In his campaign kickoff speech last week, he [Obama] asked us not to think about these last four years...the president's plea that we simply ignore the last four years is his latest effort to escape responsibility for the failures.”

Obama wants us to think: Actually he spent a good portion of the speech urging Americans to remember the last 4 years (including the setbacks and disappointments), but maybe you only caught the last 5 minutes where he talked about the other thing that matters — the future.


“An unelected board will tell seniors what treatments Medicare will cover.”

We call bogus: The board can only make recommendations. They can't force decisions upon you, like you're forcing lies upon us.


“What does it say about a president's policies when he has to use a cartoon character rather than real people to justify his record? ”

Real people like Emily?: To our knowledge, no cartoon characters were harmed in the making of Obama's health care policies, but many real people have (and will) benefit from them — including Emily.


“President Obama started out with a near trillion-dollar stimulus package -- the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history. And remember this: the stimulus wasn't just wasted -- it was borrowed and wasted.”

Hate it or love it...: Data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows–without a doubt–that the stimulus worked. So, again, how is it fixing the economy wasteful?


“When you add up his policies, this president has increased the national debt by five trillion dollars.”

Who's policies?: You're right about the $5 trillion rise in national debt, but the last time we checked, Obama's signature wasn't on most the policies that got us there — like Bush's tax cuts and two wars.


“I actually lay out a plan to get us to a balanced budget within eight years.”

Where is this plan?: Because based on details you've shared so far, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates you would add $5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, which is about as balanced as our drunk Uncle Charlie at Christmas.


“I'm not looking to lower the tax burden paid by the highest-income Americans.”

Except you are: Numbers — real numbers — show you plan to offer the largest tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, while increasing taxes on the lowest 20% of earners. You can lie all you want, Mitt, but the numbers don't.


“When the President took office ... he faced a spending crisis. It's only gotten worse.”

Lowest spending rise since Eisenhower: Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes spent at at faster pace than Obama has. In fact, under Obama, federal spending is rising at the lowest rate since poodle skirts were cool.


“We didn't just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it.”

How is that possible?: That's some David Blaine kind of magic right there, given that spending rose by 5% each year during your time as governor of Massachusetts.


“You see, when businesses have lower taxes, they're able to invest in their future, put people back to work. Do you think President Obama's tax increases will add jobs in America? ”

Taxes are lower today: Spending, taxes, and deficits are all lower today than when Obama took office, so there's no real answer to your fake question.


“He [Obama] came into the White House and told people not to bother to go out to Las Vegas for conventions or meetings. That sure as heck didn't help did it? ”

He doesn't care if you go to Vegas: Obama was directly referring to Wall Street recklessness when he said You can't take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Superbowl on the taxpayers' dime.


“With America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, [President Obama] hasn't put forth a plan to get us working again. Now I know we're getting close to an election so he'll come out with one soon, but three and a half years later, we're waiting.”

Several plans are already in place: The stimulus package, auto-bailout and continuation of TARP are not new. Nor was Obama's demand for quick passage of his American Jobs Act. What's your plan, Mitt? We're waiting.


“Teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen.”

Actually, yeah they do: Guess you weren't aware of the billions in federal funds that help pay for teachers, firefighters and policeman. Surprise! You should already know that.


“Congress was his with a super majority for two years.”

You mean four months: It was more like four months, and for much of it the Senate was in recess. Then Republicans treated us to record-breaking filibusters that wasted everybody's time.


“When they saw the president campaign four years ago, he didn't mention to them that he was planning on cutting Medicare by $500 billion to pay for his health care plan, but that's what he did.”

Nope, didn't happen.: Actually Obama wrung $500 billion in savings from providers, not Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare premiums have since fallen and enrollment has risen.


“The rate of regulatory increase has jumped three-fold from that of his predecessor.”

Less than Bush, actually.: Bush issued 931 regulations in his first three years in office. Compare that to Obama's 886 in his first three years and that makes you a liar, liar pants on fire.


“[Obama] has made it almost impossible to mine coal and to use coal.”

Coal jobs at 14-year high: Yeah, he's made it so "impossible" that employment in the Appalachian mining industry is at a 14-year high.


“This president has put together -- he has put together almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined.”

Reagan doesn't count?: Under Obama, the debt has gone up by about half. Under Reagan, it tripled. On a related note, your lies might be adding up faster than Reagan's.


“Bill Clinton and so many other mainstream Democrats are revolting against the backward direction President Obama is taking his party and our country.”

You don't say?: Clinton stood on stage at the Democratic National Convention to say Obama is the guy who will move our country forward. Not backwards. If only there was a GPS for this kind of thing.


“I will continue to describe the plan that I would provide, which is, number one, to make sure that people don't have to worry about losing their insurance if they have a preexisting condition, and change jobs.”

About pre-existing conditions...: This is actually true, but you failed to mention what will happen to other people with pre-existing conditions. Like, say, those who lose their jobs, or who are seeking an insurance policy for the first time. What about them?


“[President Obama] has not completed a single new trade agreement with Latin America.”

Panama is part of Latin America.: Unless Panama recently separated from the rest of Latin America, then Obama signed a trade agreement with Latin America when he put his John Henry on the Panama Trade Promotion Agreement in 2011.


“Unfortunately, despite his promises, President Obama has failed to address immigration reform.”

Well, would you look at that!: You are failing to address the truth, which is that Obama put forth the "21st Century Immigration Blueprint" like he promised he would.


“Obamacare also means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and they want to keep.”

Who are these 20 million Americans?: The Affordable Care Act clearly outlines that you can maintain your current health insurance if you like it.


“Obamacare does not ... help lower the cost of health care.”

It does, and it already is.: The Affordable Care Act is actually affordable for all parties involved, according to most indicators. Every American will be able to access health care and the deficit will be reduced by hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming decade.


“Obamacare is killing jobs.”

What jobs is it killing?: If this was true we'd see evidence of it in Massachusetts, but we don't. There is zero evidence that Affordable Care Act is hurting the domestic job market.


“[Obama is] putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States.”

Not really.: Did SunPower Corporation recently jump ship and leave the Continental US? Because they recently said a large number of the panels would be built at the company's facility in Milpitas, California.


“President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story.”

Who tells good stories?: What he said was "the mistake of my first term was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right..." but that he could do a better job of inspiring Americans and communicating what those policies mean. Think of it as a sort of non-fiction storytelling. Which is different than fiction.


“[Health Care Premiums] are $4,893 higher per family than President Obama promised ”

Two wrongs don't make a right.: A more detailed memo following this pledge explained that if premiums were expected to rise by $5,000, they would only rise by $2,500. So Obama gets docked points on clarity, but you get docked double the points for making shit up.


“The highest corporate tax rates in the world do not create jobs.”

What about "one of the lowest in the world"?: The actual income tax paid by American corporations is one of the lowest in the world, and yet that's not exactly lighting up the classifieds is it?


“Failing to effectively crack down on China for cheating and stealing American jobs -- that has not helped.”

He's helped, you've hurt: Actually, Obama has filed 7 trade complaints against China. But let's talk about the millions you invested in Chinese manufacturing companies that shipped jobs overseas.


“The president's policies have not gotten America working again.”

Actually, they have: The CBO has called Obama's stimulus a success, and a vast majority of economists agree that the unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been without the stimulus.


“[Obama intends to] raise taxes on small business.”

Small business tax won't increase: Maybe you were too busy finger-painting "We built it" posters to read Obama's plan, which shows that between 96.5% and 98.1% of American small businesses won't see any rise in taxes at all.


“I'm ashamed to say that we're seeing our president hand out money to the businesses of campaign contributors.... That kind of crony capitalism does not create jobs, and it does not create jobs here.”

This isn't a pay-off: The company actually applied for the loan under the Bush administration, and the campaign contributor you refer to is just one partner at that company. Another partner (more closely associated with this project) contributed to McCain's campaign in 2008, not Obama's.


“He [Obama] said this; 'If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.' ”

He was talking about a bridge.: You know those bridges that literally help you get to work every day? He was talking about those. So unless you personally built every road you drive on, not to mention the car you're in, then "we built it" together.


“[The President is] trying to take work out of welfare requirements.”

He's doing the opposite: What Obama is doing is allowing the States to experiment with MORE ways to meet the work requirements — and get more people working.


“I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don't believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy. There are--were, of course, very stringent laws which existed in Aurora, Colorado.”

Then how did he get those weapons so easily?: Colorado prohibits gun registration and allows you to carry a visible weapon (including an assault rifle) without any sort of permit, so stringent isn't the word we'd use. "Scary-as-shit," maybe, but not "stringent."


“This person shouldn't have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices, and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them.”

It was completely legal: We know it's hard to believe, but it really is legal (and easy as hell) to walk into a store and purchase an assault-style rifle, shotgun and Glock handgun, like the Colorado shooter did.


“I'm not looking for tax breaks for high-income folks.”

Only super-high income folks?: Is there another level of rich above "high-income" that we don't know about? Because your plan shows the wealthiest Americans getting the biggest tax break.


“This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past.”

The infamous 47%, you mean?: It's crazy that 47% of people are sucking America dry and, yet, "Obama's America will continue to be the most unequal society in the advanced world — only slightly less so."


“The operating principle of American foreign policy has been to work with our allies so that we can deter aggression before it breaks out into open conflict. That policy depends on nurturing our alliances and standing up for our common values. Yet the President has moved in the opposite direction. It began with the sudden abandonment of friends in Poland and the Czech Republic.”

Eastern Europe disagrees.: The Slovakian government says it's a non-issue and that the missile defense plan is the answer, so you must have really long arms because that's quite a reach.


“I added jobs. We've added more jobs than the president has in the entire country.”

This is an awesome lie: When you were governor of Massachusetts, unemployment did go down — but only because so many people left the state. We probably shouldn't get so much joy out of this one, but we can't help it.


“We must restore and I will restore work into welfare.”

It never went away: No work requirements are going away. Obama is just giving the states flexibility to create MORE ways to meet those work requirements. (Just like Republican governors requested, and you yourself asked for in 2005.)


“With regards to middle income Americans, I want to lower the taxes paid by middle income Americans.”

Was that sarcasm?: If this is an attempt at a joke, the joke's on you — because the Tax Policy Center concluded that your plan "would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers."


“With regards to middle income Americans, I want to lower the taxes paid by middle income Americans.”

Was that sarcasm?: If this is an attempt at a joke, the joke's on you — because the Tax Policy Center concluded that your plan "would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers."


“When I was governor of my state ... we balanced the budget every year [and] we were able to build a rainy day fund of over $2 billion.”

Those were rainy days alright: When you quit (after one term), you left behind a $1 billion budget deficit and saddled Massachusetts taxpayers with more debt per person than any other state. That didn't exactly leave a chunk of change for the 126 rainy days Massachusetts gets every year.


“[My fiscal plan] is very similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan.”

Where's the connection?: We don't see any link between that bipartisan deficit-reduction proposal and your plan, Mitt. What we do see is a "trickle-down tax cut fairy dust" that's settling on the shoulders of only the wealthiest Americans.


“We've got higher unemployment.”

Since when?: What about the 1.12 million private-sector jobs the economy created? Which, by the way, is already better than five of the eight years Bush and Cheney were in office.