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  •  Romney may be trying to pivot (6+ / 0-)

    to the "center" in his campaign, but that apparently is not stopping him from lying.  The best you can say is that the man does not understand enough about economics to know when he's lying.

    "We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve," the former Massachusetts governor said. "And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next."
    When Romney says things like this he's playing on the ignorance of his audience (and maybe his own).  The first part of his statement is a simple lie.  The federal government hires more highly trained workers than any other employer in the country, and the cost of these workers skews the average federal employee pay toward the high end.  Workers with the same training and experience in the private sector are paid much higher salaries than government employees.

    Both Krugman and Dean Baker have repeatedly refuted the second part of Romney's statement.  One generation does not pass debt onto subsequent generations, as argued by Dean Baker here and Paul Krugman here.

    Surely Mr. Romney has someone on his economic team who can read.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:40:45 AM PDT

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