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article imageOp-Ed: Is Romney campaign collapsing under the weight of its own lies?

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 10, 2012 in Politics
It seems as if we are getting to the point that reporting on ways presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is lying about President Obama carries as much shock value as reporting on the sun rising in the east each morning.
And we're not talking about "parsing of words" or "taking things out of context" any more. We're talking about out and out blatant, easy to debunk LIES, such as the type one expects of a small child standing near a broken cookie jar, cookie crumbs on his face and shirt, saying "a monster came in and took the cookies and I scared him away and I was cleaning it up and then you came in"
The latest? An e-mail blitz sent out last night (Aug. 9) in which Romney claims (egged on, no doubt, by a Drudge Report front page headline -- in red print, yet) that Obama wants to bail out every business, every industry, every lemonade stand with your tax dollars.
This, of course, has been picked up by the soft-skulled right wing media outlets which do not bother to check sources and just repeat what they are told in their daily Right Wing talking points fax.
The idiotic Beaufort Observer, for example.
Obama has done it yet again. Put his foot in his mouth that is.
This time it is that he is proposing that the taxpayers bailout any industry the way it di(d) the auto industry.
The moronic Lubbock Online calls it FASCISM!
At a fundraiser in Pueblo, Colorado, on Thursday, Obama unveiled his intentions to place “every industry” under government control. Government control without full government ownership is Fascism. Obama took over control of a part of the auto industry and now plans to do the same with the rest of the American economy. This is the core of the fundamental “change” Obama promised he would accomplish as President.
The blithering ties two lies into one:
After Telling Americans They “Didn’t Build” Their Businesses, President Obama Promised Today To Bail Out “Every Industry”
And over at the horribly right wing Washington
He just can’t help himself. Yesterday in Pueblo, Colorado, President Obama told a cheering crowd:
I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.
Obama says he wants to do the same thing he did for the auto industry for every industry? That’s his plan?
Let's see what the president ACTUALLY said...
THE PRESIDENT: When all of us share in prosperity, we all do better. (Applause.) That's the choice in this election. That's why I'm running for President -- because I believe we're all in this together. (Applause.)
We've got a bunch of examples of the differences, the choice in this election. When the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse, more than 1 million jobs at stake, Governor Romney said, let's "let Detroit go bankrupt."
THE PRESIDENT: I said I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. (Applause.) So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry. I don't want those jobs taking root in places like China. I want them taking root in places like Pueblo. (Applause.)
Now, to prove how easy to understand the President's statement is, we read the clip to our Liberal Grouch Hounds. A nearly 8-year old border collie named Raven and a 6-year old German shepherd named Shiloh.
"What do you think Obama was talking about?"
we asked them.
"It's obvious," Raven said. "The president wants other industries to enjoy the same sort of success that the auto industry has enjoyed."
"Throw the ball," Shiloh said.
Now that we had spoken to the experts, we went back to the right wing loonies who say that General Motors isn't really doing as well as Obama would like us to think it is!
Back to the Washington Examiner.
First of all, General Motors and the U.S. manufacturing sector is not as hot as Obama thinks it is. GM’s profits fell 41 percent last quarter and U.S. manufacturing shrank for the second straight month in July.
Uh-huh. Hmm. Interesting point.
How well would General Motors be doing under Romney's plan?
What was Romney's plan?
You remember, right?
He wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on November 19, 2008 under the headline, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Romney said, “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automobile industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”
"Amazing," Raven said, reading over our shoulder as we wrote this. "It's like they don't realize we have the Internet and video tape and can check on the things they say to see if what they say today matches what they said yesterday. Or in this case, 2008!"
"Throw the ball," Shiloh said.
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