Benen: Mitt’s Mendacity: 33 Romney Lies
“This is a time for Truths,” says Mitt Romney, as he accuses President Obama of lying. But what he stated about the president wasn’t true to begin with. Here is the beginning of the list of things that aren’t true that Mitt Romney has said in the past week.
1. At an impromptu event in South Carolina yesterday, Romney said on Medicare policy, “Our plan [has] no change for current seniors and those 55 and older.”
That’s plainly false. Romney’s plan eliminates all new benefits for seniors under the Affordable Care Act, which necessarily means higher prescription drug costs for seniors, and more expensive preventive care.
2. At the same event, Romney argued, “Under the president’s plan, [Medicare] goes bankrupt… Under the plan I propose, it is solvent
That’s the exact opposite of reality. Obama’s policy strengthens Medicare’s finances, and under Romney’s plan, the system would be closer to insolvency faster.
3. In Chillicothe, Ohio, Romney said that under Obama, “We’ve got lower economic growth.”
Actually, we got higher economic growth.
4. In the same speech, Romney said that under Obama, “We’ve got higher unemployment.”
Actually, we got lower unemployment.
5. He went on to say the annual budget deficit has hit the $1 trillion mark under Obama for the “first time the history of our country.”
Not true. The first time in the history of our country that the deficit hit $1 trillion was George W. Bush’s last year in office, when the annual shortfall was $1.3 trillion.
6. Romney added that Obama promised “he’d get the unemployment down to under 5.6 percent today if we pass that $1 trillion stimulus package.”
That’s actually two falsehoods wrapped as one. For one thing, the stimulus wasn’t $1 trillion (Romney’s off by over $200 billion, and that’s real money). For another, that’s not what Obama promised.