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Chart showing distribution of 2009 Obama stimulus package money.
(Chart by Virginia Blue/lowkell)
If you live in certain markets, you've probably seen this ad from Mendacious Mitt. At Blue Virginia, lowkell dismantles it:
According to Romney and his fellow liars, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (they don't call it that, of course), approximately $800 billion in total, went to "friends, donors, campaign supporters, special interest groups...Solyndra ($500 million), "windmills from China," "electric cars from Finland."

Of course, this is at best distorted. For instance, PolitiFact, not exactly a big friend of Democrats, found the "windmills from China" claim to be "mostly false." It further found the "electric cars from Finland" claim to be totally "false." The Washington Post's Fact Checker, also no friend of Democrats, gave the ad overall two "Pinocchios" for having "Significant omissions and/or exaggerations" (that's an understatement). Finally, see Media Matters for a complete demolition of the Romney ad, including the New York Times analysis that "much of the ad is false;" the ABC News analysis that "less than .000031 percent of the $814 billion stimulus program" went to wind turbines made in China; the Washington Post analysis that "the stimulus created about 51,000 jobs in the U.S. wind industry;" etc, etc. Bottom line: this ad is false, false, false - no matter how many times they run it on our TV screens.

It's no surprise to anybody that if Mendacious Mitt's lips are moving, there's a better than 50 percent chance he's lying. Here's Yosef 52's comprehensive, linked list. (If you plan to check it out, pack a lunch. You'll be there a while.)

This is more than a dog-bites-man-politicians-lie-so-what-else-is-new story. The guy is pathological. Most candidates for public office caught in a lie mumble some half-baked rationalization, some half-wit "I misspoke" excuse and move on, even occasionally displaying a smidgen of embarrassment. Not Romney. He leaves the exposed lies dormant for a while, then revives them in new statements months later, pretending they've never been deconstructed previously.

That bespeaks someone who calculates that most people, come time to vote, won't remember that a lie actually is a lie (if they ever knew). As for reporters, calling out lies can become burdensome if they aren't willing to follow the media prescription of they-all-do-it. Thus, most lies get a pass from the media where most Americans get their political views—which ain't blogs and watchdog sites.

Even revealed, lies help shape a narrative as surely as does the truth. Individual lies may be exposed as frauds from time to time, but the big picture built out of a welter of lies gets absorbed unconsciously. You can be pretty sure that the ad twisting the record of the stimulus money is designed to achieve exactly that purpose. Approved by Mendacious Mitt.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:34 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  But it's legal to lie... (10+ / 0-)

    Completely totally legal to say whatever you want in a political campaign.  Therefore we shall instead focus on the peccadilloes of a few Democrats.

    Ain't America Swell?

    /snark

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:48:12 AM PDT

  •  It's the MO of the entire right wing (12+ / 0-)
    He leaves the exposed lies dormant for a while, then revives them in new statements months later, pretending they've never been deconstructed previously.
    On every topic from tax rates to climate change, they repeat assertions that have been long debunked. They've constructed an alternate universe where established facts are merely opinions, if they address the facts at all. When called on their blatant falsehoods they never, ever correct the record, they just go quiet on the topic. That's why it's nearly impossible to have a rational conversation with people that get their information from right wing sources. Their entire world view is based on fabrications.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

    by Siri on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:01:57 AM PDT

    •  another Rmoney ad distorting Obama's words! (6+ / 0-)
      Pres. Obama speaking at a Democratic fundraiser.......I'll cut out government spending that's not working, that we can't afford but I'm also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton. Back when our economy created 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well. Just like we've tried their plan, we've tried our plan, and it worked. That's the difference. That's the choice in this election. That's why I'm running for a second term.
      GOP video of Pres. Obama speaking.........Just like we've tried their plan, we've tried our plan, and it worked. That's the difference. That's the choice in this election. That's why I'm running for a second term.
      http://video.msnbc.msn.com/...

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:25:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Defense? In Romney's target rich environment? (5+ / 0-)

      I am inclined towards a sports metaphor to explain this: when the offense has a play that works, they run it again, and again until the defense effectively counters.  For Republicans, this is the "go to" offense (seasoned with a little racism and misogyny), and Democrats simply will not do what is needed to defend against it.  My guess is that Democrats lack that authoritarian mindset that makes message discipline and adherence to this week's talking points possible.  It also seems likely that focus groups consistently respond badly to repeatedly calling Republicans liars, which kind of opens the door to lying more.  

      Obama's opening gambit electing to go on offense to combat this seems to have caught Romney by surprise.  I like it.  The news media are going to do what they do, working them to get some recognition that "both sides" don't do it is a fight Obama won't win.  The journalists are not going to be honest referees.  Obama must remain the least angry black man in America, with no hint that he thinks he is being unfairly treated.  Instead of responding to the lies, Obama needs to flick them away and attack, and attack some more.  Lord knows, Romney gives him a target rich environment.  

      Regardless of someone's party label, everybody knows that if Romney's business is taking an interest in the company they work for,  that is a very bad omen.  Talk all you want about capitalism and the role of venture capitalists, we know in our gut what this guy's act is.  The vultures don't start circling because they are coming to help.  Now the biggest vulture of them all is coming for our whole society - our government, our economy, and our way of life.  In this fight, there are no rules.

    •  It was rolled out in 2000 in Florida (4+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, eps62, Siri, Janet 707

      The Bush campaign told bald-faced lies, were called on them by various networks and political analysts, and would be on the next day spewing the exact same lies - primarily from the mouth of Karen Hughes, though some from James Baker and other surrogates as well.  It worked.  The truth was presented 2 or 3 times for every 20 times they spewed their lies.

      Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

      by kbman on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:13:49 AM PDT

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  •  It's a proven fact now (12+ / 0-)

    The King of Bain

    King of Bain w:Gold Crown w:words

    Lies

    Romney Pinocchio

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:02:20 AM PDT

  •  The Victory of Lying (10+ / 0-)

    Mitt is a cost/benefit analysis kind of guy.  Why should he tell the truth when his analysis tells him he'll get more mileage from telling lies?  I'm not really sure why anyone is quoting fact check sources from Politico and WP (whether in support or not), when it is institutions like those that are largely responsible for the failure to establish a common narrative that would otherwise check the rudderless and unhinged meandering that is Romney and the Republican party.

  •  Republicans are the MASTERS of repeating (12+ / 0-)

    repeatedly debunked lies.

    That's why we STILL have to hear HORSHESHIT about "marijuana: the gateway drug".

    They perpetuate that shit. It's Holy Republican Canon.

    They IGNORE science until they can cherry pick something and torture it out of context.

    And they simply lie and get totally away with it.

    And nobody really gives a shit.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:03:41 AM PDT

  •  Well of course (9+ / 0-)

    Of course, they're lying.  Telling the truth doesn't jive with their agenda.  Theyr'e hoping there are enough stupid people who will believe them.  Hell, there's an entire cable channel viewership they've managed to buffalo.  

  •  That ad reminds me of the Big Lebowski (1+ / 0-)
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    shoeless

    It makes me think of that scene where these two goons are dunking the Dude's head in the toilet.

    Where's the money Obama, where's the money?  Bunny said your good for it.

    Blub blub blub it's down there somewhere let me take another look.

    Poor people look for work. Middle class people find a job. Rich people seek employment.

    by k4pacific on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:05:18 AM PDT

  •  Recent addition-Doctored NAACP video (10+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Heavily Edited Romney Video Targets Black Voters, Shows NAACP Audience Applauding

    Mitt Romney’s speech at the NAACP was defined in the media by the resounding chorus of boos he elicited from the crowd. Campaign staffers had a different interpretation, insisting that he received “thunderous applause over and over again.”

    Reflecting this idea, the campaign’s new video targeting African American voters, “We Need Mitt Romney,” rewrites history by splicing together Romney’s speech with shots of a couple audience members nodding as if in agreement. While Romney received a polite standing ovation when he was done speaking, the video has been edited to make it seem like the audience rose to their feet to applaud him mid-speech.

    In reality, Romney was booed multiple times, especially when he promised to repeal Obamacare. 95 percent of black voters went to President Obama in 2008 and it is highly unlikely Romney will be able to capture the historically progressive demographic. In fact, an NAACP official told MSNBC that the Romney campaign brought their own African American supporters to fill in the July 11 event. Romney himself admitted that he expected to be booed.

    The campaign video also features four African Americans speaking to the camera. One woman declares: “We need in our next president someone who will be honest, open and transparent.”

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:06:27 AM PDT

  •  Karma is a bitch-that's why he embarrassed England (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, eps62

    with his insensitive comments about the Olympics-payback is a mother.

    "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." Abraham Lincoln

    by appledown on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:07:35 AM PDT

  •  I don't see this as a Romney issue. (4+ / 0-)
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    Kinak, orlbucfan, OleHippieChick, eps62

    The larger issue is the Republicans have done everything they can to ensure the economy doesn't recover so they can blame Obama.

    And the Democratic solution to four years of Republicans making Americans suffer has been to compromise in the spirit of doing what they can.

    There must be a concerted effort on the part of Democrats both nationally and locally to make clear that the Republican machine is about one thing and one thing only:  fooling or scaring people into letting them funnel more and more and more of our nation's wealth and resources to a handful of people.

  •  Obama should go on a "Mitt's a Liar" Campaign? (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, eps62

    Stop pulling punches. Mitt's a fucking liar and Rove's a scumbag.

    Call the assholes out. Bigtime. Publicly.

    "There's no ideology [t]here [on the right]. It's just about being a dick." Bill Maher, June 22, 2012.

    by caseynm on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:10:51 AM PDT

    •  Won't work. (3+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, eps62, Amber6541

      It won't sway voters one iota.  Staying positive is much much more effective - even if it's less fun.

      Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

      by Boundegar on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:32:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  There's gotta be a way to call this for what it is (1+ / 0-)
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        eps62

        but stay positive.  I totally get the "gotta stay positive" perspective. We need to put our heads together and come up with a way to attack Mitt's lies head on.  He simply is just heaping lie after lie after lie, and people need to know about it.

        Maybe it's something as simple as stating the fact first, then following up with the "but Mitt says" tag line.  Or using the phrase "the truth is" versus using the word lie?

  •  Mitt's the kind of guy… (0+ / 0-)

    …who'll silently drop a steak fart at a gathering, and as brows furrow, and people start looking around and changing location, will slyly smile—and then drop another one.

  •  How can you tell when Mitt is lying? (2+ / 0-)
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    DontTaseMeBro, eps62

    When Karl Rove and the Koch brothers' lips are moving.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:11:45 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Lowell! Hometown kid! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, eps62
  •  I'm beginning to think Republicans (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kinak, eps62

    occasionally stray from the verifiably true in their assertions.  Am I jumping to hasty conclusions?  

    Life is good. Injustice? Not so much.

    by westyny on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:18:35 AM PDT

  •  At the risk of going all Godwin and everything (2+ / 0-)
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    detroitmechworks, eps62

    didn't a European politician in the not too distant past say something about "big lies"?

    Don't think it was a minor politician, either...

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:19:54 AM PDT

  •  I wish that graph were available without the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    editorial content. I can imagine circumstances in which it would be handy, but not with the references to Rove lying and people hurt by Bush. Do you happen to know if it or a similar one is available? My Google image search hasn't been productive so far.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:23:01 AM PDT

  •  and from Bloomberg, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Amber6541

    this on the tax implications of the Romney's very expensive horse. Have at it, anyone, I don't have time today to do more than just put this out there.

    Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. -- James Dean

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:29:25 AM PDT

  •  mitt Campaign and Ad on Recovery Funds (4+ / 0-)

    Put this into an earlier diary then posted it on my site, as that ad fries my butt,:

    There's an ad showing, over and over and over...., and approved by the mitt himself asking "What Happened to the Stimulus Funds?" that fries my ass!

    This mitt is what happened to just a portion, as you use same in the ad yourself, even the rove has some mention of 'stimulus' in his lousy ads:

    $1.8 Billion Investment Improves Care and Services for Veterans

    August 5, 2010 - Health Care Services Enhanced

    VA obligated $1 billion to improve VA medical care facilities across the country through building renovations, roadway and walkway repairs, high cost equipment replacement, security improvements, new construction, replacement of steam lines and boiler plants, upgrades in emergency power distribution, and purchases of additional emergency generators among others.

    To help Veterans access care, Recovery Act projects in VA medical facilities will add or improve more than 26,000 parking spaces and 39 elevator banks are being built or upgraded. VA will upgrade nearly 14,000 inpatient bed spaces, while 16 pharmacy renovation projects will help Veterans get medicines quicker and more efficiently.  More than 14,400 clinical improvement projects, some with multiple exam rooms, will be undertaken.

     

    Funds are also helping ensure VA health care facilities function more efficiently (by reducing annual recurring maintenance and upkeep cost) and are equipped to provide world-class care to Veterans.

    Specific projects include:

    ·         Bedford, Mass., VA Medical Center (VAMC) mental health unit renovation, $7.165 million;

    ·         Philadelphia VAMC emergency room renovations, $4.74 million;

    ·         Cleveland VAMC surgical suite refurbishment, $8.5 million;

    ·         New Haven, Conn., VAMC private and semi-private inpatient units, $7.743 million;

    ·         Hines, Ill., VAMC electrical distribution infrastructure upgrade, $8 million.

    VA serves 5.5 million Veterans annually in its hospitals, outpatient clinics and rural health programs.

    Just a snippet of information, but can be easily expanded with simple search for each area of the country where spent, of what this Administration, the Whole Administration, has been doing especially helped in the 110th and 111th Congresses who had taken on what the previous two didn't especially as to the veterans of their two rubber stamped off the books wars of choice waged into long occupations after abandoning the main mission for even sending them into that region with the first drum beat at Iraq!

    In this VA press release it touches also on: Energy Conservation, Claims Processing Improvements, National Cemeteries Revitalized and a One-time Benefit Payments.

    There has been only one VA Secretary, in my time, that even tried bringing the long underfunded, after the supported wars of choice, up to what the country should have had already built, that was Max Cleland, but was blocked by the country ignoring vets, PTS, Agent Orange and into Gulf War Syndrome and much much more and their mostly real republican representatives, back once there were some one could work with and get something from, no more. Then came Principi, who actually stripped away some of what Max had done, and as I already mentioned nothing was done as the drums of wars were beat and invasions with long occupations had started and grew those first years. Those in and with this administration, including those in the DoD leadership, finally have taken on all the issues including for us older vets and are seeking to build that VA that should always have been, while still being grossly underfunded and the country got tax breaks instead of Sacrifice for the wars they wave those support the troops flags at an hour or two of parades, welcome homes etc., most watch video clips of and don't even bother attending, to show they're patriotic and care! What do the now tepublicans representatives do, lay blame at the VA in their hearings and press speak etc. instead of doing their jobs and the public, including some veterans, like that.

    We love war but hate Sacrifice, let the very few do that and with their families!!

    These wars haven't been paid for, surplus was gone before 9/11 and rubber stamping from congress had already started, the deficits started rising rapidly and real fast with both wars. More important is because of those huge deficits, wars off the books till the present admin, not one dime has been Sacrificed for the results of those wars and the decades to come. At least the 'stimulus' helped some in correcting that, while boosting employment in communities Nationwide and some on issues that will continue the needed community help as veterans and visitors come into those communities now.

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:31:04 AM PDT

  •  Let me try to explain this. (0+ / 0-)

    Politicians are applying to be hired for a future gig.  Since it is not possible to lie about the future, nothing they say about their intentions can be lies.  If they are incumbents and have a record of not following through, then the inconsistencies are mistakes or failures.  And failure, history has told them, is salutary as an excuse to seek another chance to "try and try again."

    Now, add into a mix a person who's got no sense of time as a linear sequence of events and no awareness of past, present and future. If he exists in an ineffable present, then acceptable behavior in the future is obviously acceptable in a present and past that are all the same. Lies are, after all, intimately related to time.

    Absent an awareness of time, not only is it impossible to distinguish the true from the false, but it's not possible to differentiate between agency and intent. Idealism, as a philosophy, even counsels, as much.  Having an idea is what's important; no action need follow.  
    (That's how Dubya accomplished bringing democracy to Iraq. He intended it, and ipso facto, the deed was done. Missions are accomplished in dreaming them up).

    Willard is "running for President;" is presidential material; deserves to be treated as a president (he was/is president of Bain Capital); being president is an existential condition, no action required.  It's like the transubstantiation.  For the congregants its simply a matter of belief.

    Believe in America

    The slogan is not a happenstance; it is essential. The confidence man is looking for believers.

    Faith, Hope and Charity.  Hope and Charity look to the future and require deeds.  Faith is for the ineffable present and involves no action or change.  Faith imposes no obligations or expectations.  Faith is for the clueless.

    The only reason Willard's not using "faith-based" is because that phrase is in bad odor. Besides, he'd just as soon not relate to the base since he does not share their faith.  Willard's base is money, filthy lucre.  That's why he's a lucrephile. Also not something he'd want to talk about.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    by hannah on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:36:54 AM PDT

  •  I'm wondering... (0+ / 0-)

    . . .when someone will ask Mitt Romney this question: Why should we believe that you will tell the truth as president when your broadcast claims about President Obama's statements and policies have proven to be false? Another question: Why should we believe that you will be honest and forthcoming when you have refused to release more than two years of tax returns when past presidential candidates (including you father) have released many years more?

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:37:38 AM PDT

  •  'Swift boat' campaign proved lies work; hence... (4+ / 0-)

    you will seen non-stop flat out menacity from Mitt and Karl Rove's minions right up to election day.

    And Our Craven Corporate Media™ will do Mitt's work for him, so unwilling are they to call a lie what it is.

  •  Mitt-Kyl 2012 (0+ / 0-)

    Campaign slogan would make it official:

    Not intended to be a factual statement.

    God it's so painful that something that's so close, is still so far out of reach. Tom Petty/Al Gore

    by Velvet Revolution on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:42:55 AM PDT

  •  Thank you... (2+ / 0-)
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    eps62, DQKennard

    ...for highlighting this and thank you to lowkell for debunking it. This damn ad is running almost on a continuous loop here in Ohio. Of all the lying ads we have to endure in our state, I think this one pisses me off the most.

    I have seen plenty of road projects here that have signs clearly stating that funding came from the Stimulus. Without those projects, unemployment in Ohio would be higher.

    Liars, all of them.

    "...in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

    by Getreal1246 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:45:45 AM PDT

  •  Politics = lies (2+ / 0-)
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    eps62, Laura Wnderer

    I don't know where I saw this, but I once read a statement about politics that is amazingly true:

    "In politics, it's not whether or not a candidate lies, it about whether or not the candidate can make enough people believe the lies".  

    Our job, if we care to take it on, is to expose each and every lie to enough people so that the wrong people do not get elected.

    Sometimes, that's a VERY tall order.

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:49:14 AM PDT

  •  Has anyone written a diary... (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, eps62

    ...suggesting how the economy might be now if we had (somehow, someway) simply repeated the admittedly very flawed ARRA?

    Not an improved version, simply the same not nearly enough actual job funding, far too much condition-challenged incentives for the so-called "Job Creators" deal that was passed in 2009.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:18:25 AM PDT

  •  If there were Finnish cars and Chinese windturbine (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, eps62

    it is almost entirely down to blame the Republicans for stonewalling any efforts to develop those industries in the US.  What kind of crazy country takes a look at the technologies of the future and says "gee, no thanks"

    Swear to god if these guys had been around at the turn of the last century, they'd have run Henry Ford out of town on a rail to please their donors among the rich horse breeders and carriage makers.

    Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

    by Mindful Nature on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:18:29 AM PDT

  •  The part about those ads (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    eps62

    that really sticks in my craw, however, is the name of the group sponsoring it: "Americans for the new majority".

    Just like its precursor groups back in the 1980's, groups called things like "The Moral Majority", the very name is a lie.  The workings of PR pros and operatives at the most fundamental level.

    I've taken to ignoring the content of the ads (they are on my local broadcast stations during every single program cycle -- that is, heard at least one for each separate program that is broadcast), but I can't keep my anger down at the mention of the group sponsoring it. That's the biggest lie of all, and with all the bloopers flying across the screen, that's saying something.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:30:26 AM PDT

  •  You don't understand--to Mitt (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    eps62

    working people are a "special interest group"...

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:31:32 AM PDT

  •  One of These Days (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    eps62

    Mitt is actually going to slip up and tell the truth about something and no one will believe him.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:53:21 AM PDT

  •  Tax cuts should not have been part of stimulus (0+ / 0-)

    Obama could have gotten tax cuts even otherwise..perhaps used the stimulus more for shovel ready projects..Maybe the time has gone but President Obama used to mention in some speeches that 1/3 went to tax cuts, 1/3 to states and 1/3 to construction project.. He should instead have flogged this graph to death in the initial days of the stimulus but alas. Only pictures for our dumbed down audience..

  •  jeez, y'all, don't you remember? (0+ / 0-)

    no republican has run for president since 1968 without complete and total reliance on the nixon electoral playbook.

    this calls for lying about (in no particular order) your accomplishments (if any) and allies, your opponent's policies and allies, your opponent's moral character, and the likely consequences of your and your opponents policies.

    lie about each and every one, constantly.

    this is the school of politics that brought us roger ailes, lee atwater and karl rove, and infested the media from paul harvey to limbaugh and beck.

    so, not having an idea in his head, ever, no wonder mitt romney is doing the exact same thing...

    "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible." - Janet Malcolm

    by slangist on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 01:12:10 PM PDT

  •  Schumer in this ad (0+ / 0-)

    I've seen this ad, and they misleadingly (of course) use a clip of Senator Schumer. First they ask about where all the money went, making it sound like nearly all of it went to friends, contributors, non-US spending, and failures, then they end with Schumer apparently confirming it on the Senate floor, saying that 79% went to foreign companies. I'd heard the ad a number of times and, even knowing they were lying and misleading, it took a few times to catch that he said "79% of the $2.1 billion in the program went overseas."

    Ahhh, that's how they're misleading: he's just talking about some (unnamed) program, not about the overall stimulus spending. I just did a quick Google, and he's apparently talking about a specific wind turbine program.

  •  Lies, lies, yeah baby (0+ / 0-)

    I can't believe a word you say
    Lies, lies, are gonna make you sad someday

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