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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a grassroots events on jobs and the economy in Kirkwood Park in Kirkwood, Missouri, March 13, 2012.
Liar, liar, fake-man-of-the-people jeans on fire.
Mitt Romney is continuing his prolonged episode of mendacity so extreme that the media is repeatedly calling him out on it in straight news stories. That is, he's continuing his attack on President Barack Obama for the waivers Obama's administration has proposed granting states on welfare-to-work requirements but has not actually granted yet. Those are the same waivers Romney took advantage of as governor of Massachusetts, not to mention the 2005 letter he signed asking for more waivers. Romney really thinks he's got a winner here, and he's going to push it as far as he can:
"There's no question in my mind that the president's action was calculated to... shore up his base," Romney said, according to an extended quote that USA Today provided to The Huffington Post.
There are not enough people on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to constitute much of a "base," but Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul clarified that the base in question isn't just welfare recipients but people who recognize that welfare "reform" is broken "liberals." The New York Times explains where the Romney campaign is going with this message:
The Romney campaign is airing an advertisement falsely charging that Mr. Obama has "quietly announced" plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries, a message Mr. Romney’s aides said resonates with working-class voters who see government as doing nothing for them.
Basically, it's "look over there, white working-class people! The black president wants to give lazy black people free cash. Because liberals." Delivered, of course, as a cover for the massive theft from the working and middle classes Romney and Paul Ryan want to put into law through tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, education, and health policy.

(For more discussion, see TomP's recommended diary.)

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM PDT.

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  •  WAKE OFA! wake up on MEDICARE too!! Jesus..... (6+ / 0-)
  •  AYBABTU (12+ / 0-)

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:25:41 AM PDT

  •  As I described this on Facebook ... (13+ / 0-)
    Wow, Mitt does a cannonball from the high dive, straight into the deep part of the aforementioned ethical cesspool. You thought his lying welfare ad was racist? Desperation apparently breeds contempt for the American public, as he spews yet more of his message of divisiveness and hatred of those different from ourselves. And all in the same interview in which he decries the president for "waging a vituperative campaign." I'll give him this, he may not hold a position for longer than it remains politically advantageous, but he sure has brassies. Most people would shy back from the edge of all-out racism, but not Mitt. He instead appears to revel in indulging his inner-Klansman.

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

    by kbman on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:33:03 AM PDT

  •  It's time to sink to Rmoney's level (5+ / 0-)

    and begin a campaign of "Tax Cheat".  It may be true or not, he hasn't given out the info to disprove it, but it will resonate with working class folks who have to file every April 15th, and can't afford high-priced accountants and lawyers to do their returns for them.

    Also, the issue of paying less because of the capital gains issue should continue to be driven in like a stake into a vampire.  

    Never give up, never surrender.  It's time to take the fight to Mitt.

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:46:03 AM PDT

    •  sadly, I don't think that's his level (4+ / 0-)
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      RonV, Onomastic, wsexson, tb mare

      that's only an unsubstantiated but likely true attack.  You'd have to accuse him of using his offshore accounts as an excuse to visit Haiti for illicit gay sex, to stoop to his level.

    •  Better: 'What to do when your stealing $2k from (0+ / 0-)

      every middle class voter in America, as a non-partisan stduy by a group rMoney himself used? [source-non-partisan Lie about Obama's policy on walfare. [clips-'Politifcat: False', 'It's all lies', etc.]  Lie about Obama's policy on Medicare. [clips: same]

      You just lie.  Rght, Mr. Romney?"

      Same ad works with Medicare 'cut $ 718 b' lie.

      I do not doubt BOs campaign has something like that cued up.

  •  Can anyone give an example of a truthful (7+ / 0-)

    statement made by Mittbot about Obama?  Obama gets blamed for plants closed under Bush in Mittbot world.  The stimulus did nothing it Mittbot world there are scores of other examples of lies.  Is there any truth in Mittbot at all?

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 10:59:33 AM PDT

  •  Lee Atwater lives! (6+ / 0-)

    "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

    by JR on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 12:49:06 PM PDT

  •  Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! can't be repeated often (5+ / 0-)

    enough defining Romney.

  •  This is a Swift Boat OFA!! WAKE the HELL up!! (7+ / 0-)
  •  You show me a white working class voter (8+ / 0-)

    I'll show you an Earned Income Tax Credit.

    "doesn't do anything for them..."what a crock. I wonder how many "white working class voters" send their kids to private schools.

  •  I never thought I'd be alive to witness (8+ / 0-)

    the rebirth of the Southern Strategy. But here it is, in all its horrible ugliness.

    A thoroughly disgusting, racist strategy that preys on fear and division.

    Plantation owner Romney is setting the out-of-work poor white people against the slaves. The poor white people have more in common with the slaves than the plantation owners, but oh my god the melanin content! THE MELANIN CONTENT! RUN FOR THE HILLS!

  •  Thanks for this Laura. (6+ / 0-)

    The pushback on this needs to be consistent, determined, and coming from everywhere.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:37:27 PM PDT

  •  and yet, it doesn't stop him, or them (2+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, buffie
    Mitt Romney is continuing his prolonged episode of mendacity so extreme that the media is repeatedly calling him out on it in straight news stories.
    from continuing to do it. because, they know it won't hurt them with the people they're attempting to appeal to, the low-information voter, who doesn't watch tv news, or read newspapers. those it will hurt him with, weren't going to vote for him anyway.
  •  The GOP tested this message (4+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, marzook, pademocrat, buffie

    and it worked on working class, under-educated white women.  Supposedly.

    These ads are getting the most $ by the Romney campaign, and there are now 5 different ads running with the welfare lie.

    This reported earlier on MSNBC.

    The Obama PAC (or someone) needs to aggressively expose this lie.  It looks like it may take some unplanned funding to demolish this lie.

    •  Those ads make me twinge (1+ / 0-)
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      Ever since the Incredible Shrinking Health Care reform, I've been disappointed with Obama's first term. I know he inherited problems, the GOP are chronic obstructionists, and the worst problems seem to be intractable. But I really did expect a lot more from "Hope and Change".

      Those commercials are going to speak to people, and Progressives are going to have to work to keep the election from being a referendum on this disappointment.

      I voted for Obama to bring the progress and raise our level of civilization. Instead I got a re-design of the Nutrition Plate.  I hope I see more of what I voted for in the second term.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:50:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  So it wasn't just me (1+ / 0-)
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        It's so nice to find, especially here, that I'm not the only person that doesn't walk around with an "I 'heart' Obama" tattoo on my face. Those are the exact reasons I voted for him as well and for all the reasons you mentioned and more, feel like what I saw in 2008 was just another illusion in the long, long, long line of political promises manufactured solely for votes. I voted for united and I got divided. I voted for an intelligent debate guided by reason and a willingness to do what was best for the people and the country as a whole, and watched the same exact partisan bickering. Hope & Change. Two words that can not exist in the same time and space.

      •  Well, please don't be disheartened. (2+ / 0-)
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        breakingranks, Akonitum

        For those of us that watch the daily details, it's very obvious what happened.

        Once Scott Brown was seated into the Senate on Feb 4, 2010, the Republicans started filibustering every important piece of legislation.  We no longer had 60 in the Senate, you see.  By October 2010, there were 420 bills that had been passed by the Democratic House, now held up in the Senate.

        Plenty of Democrats became disappointed during this time, but they mostly did not realize what was causing the hardships.  As a nation, with a fragile recovery just beginning, we needed important legislation passed.  We had the debt ceiling crisis, also caused by Republicans, and Obama moved too far to the right to compromise, which caused some disappointment as well.

        The very next month, in Nov of 2010, the Republicans took over the House, and that sealed our fate.  They literally have passed nothing that would help our economy in any substantial fashion since.  

        So don't let the lack of progress cause you to blame the wrong people!  It's very important.

        Now, I realize that there are valid criticisms of Obama to be made.  I have a few of them on my list.  But then again, I never expected things to be as progressive as I'd like them to be.  My biggest complaint is that the Senate did not get rid of the filibuster.  If they had, we would not be having this conversation.  Our economy would be markedly better, many other issues would be on their way to being solved, etc.  We literally only held the Senate for 6 months with 60 votes (Franklin was seated until July 2009).

        As for the welfare (and other) lying commercials by Romney, yes, unfortunately, it has been proven many times that the populace will fall for lies, a good many of them.  These lies have to be rebutted.  I hope that some of the monied Democrats will step up and help with funding, as I know this is part of the problem wiith rebutting each of Mitt's lies.

        •  Four months. Only four months because by the time (3+ / 0-)
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          breakingranks, buffie, indie17

          Al Franken got seated, Senator Kennedy was too ill to ever be there.  I think it might have been less than four months, actually.  When did the temporary Senator (Paul Kirk?) from Massachusetts get seated?

          •  I added up (0+ / 0-)

            the time using the info supplied on wiki.  But you are correct that Kennedy was not there for some time before his death on August 25th, 2009.  Paul Kirk was seated on September 25th, 2009.

            First, we are counting Lieberman as a Democrat here -- let's be clear about that.  We barely get to 60.

            Periods where we had 60 Senators caucusing with Democrats in 2009:

            July 7th to August 25th = 49 days.
            Sep 25th to Feb 4, 2010 = 132 days.

            49 + 132 = 181 days.  That equals approximately 6 months.


    •  all the headlines say they are "doubling down" (6+ / 0-)

      why? cause it's working with some voters. it's short. it SOUNDS like it could be true. especially if you're kinda suspicious about that black guy. and especially if you're on the edge yourself, holding on by your fingernails, and looking for someone to blame or to fight over the last crust with. between voter suppression are repeating the earworm lies (that obama-made-cuts-to-medicare meme also sadly seems to be gaining traction with seniors ) it is looking, as bette davis said, like we are in for a bumpy ride. as another diary on here says, hold on, what's coming is going to be very very disheartening and infuriating at best. and tragic and deadly (and that's no hyperbole) if it works.

      Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson

      by marzook on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:54:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The massive cover up explains it (1+ / 0-)
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    It has baffled me that a Corporate Welfare Queen like Romney has placed such enormous emphasis on "people escaping from work" when he doesn't seem to be offering a plan to give them work.

    A 1% Superemacist "look over there" diversion for plundering the 99% makes a lot more sense. Just a few seconds of delay will allow them to raise the drawbridge of their castle o' loot.

    Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

    by breakingranks on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:42:57 PM PDT

  •  Tweety really is fired up about this lie. (6+ / 0-)

    It will be interesting to watch how the MSM deals with Romney's insistence to double down on this lie. I'd ordinarily not be optimistic, but everyone is talking about it. Bill Maher called it a lie on Friday, saying "even Wolfe Biltzer says it's a lie and he never gets involved in the truth."

    You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

    by Scott Wooledge on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:44:12 PM PDT

  •  I see no need to panic at all! (1+ / 0-)
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    tb mare

    Mittens is pathetic, the man who won't release his tax returns because it'll show just how much corporate welfare he's taken advantage of, and who was the last man his base wanted against Obama is resorting to the last act of a desperate manbot.  Articles everywhere on the 'net point out he has to win 61% of the white vote, something that hasn't happened in 25 years.  This tack towards extremism plays right into our hands.  It ties him indisputably to the despised Tea Party congress and his Birther base.  Might help convince the Baggers he's one of them, but most Americans voted for the black guy just four years ago.  They haven't become more racist since then, it's just the racists got louder.

    "Something in the way, yeah." Kurt Cobain

    by The Hamlet on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:48:56 PM PDT

  •  the lollygaggin' base (3+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, Mgleaf, Mayfly

    If I were wonderin where all the money went, my suspicions would IMMEDIATELY jump to the family of four raking in that large $330/month for food.  Certainly not the guy with the car elevators.

    the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity

    by mailman27 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:50:08 PM PDT

  •  bingo. This: (0+ / 0-)
    a cover for the massive theft from the working and middle classes Romney and Paul Ryan want to put into law through tax policy, Medicare, Social Security, education, and health policy.
    Meanwhile, Romney and Co are covering themselves in excrement.

    “Keep the company of those who seek the truth- run from those who have found it” ― Václav Havel

    by SottoVoce on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:51:24 PM PDT

  •  What the American voting public needs to remember (1+ / 0-)
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    is that elected gop are itching to get back to loading up on the pork.
    Paul Ryan is the poster boy for "more pork under Bush, budget hero under Obama".

    They simply cannot be trusted. Any argument they make about job creation, budget discipline, etc is just baldfaced hooey.
    Why does the media let them pretend to have any credibility?
    That's a rhetorical question.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:55:47 PM PDT

  •  The frustrating thing (0+ / 0-)

    about these lies, is that they actually describe Romney's actions and not the President's.

    Maybe if all Romney's lies about what the Dem's are doing, an outline of what Romney is doing could be seen very clearly.  Maybe it would produce a complete list of what and who he is.

  •  The Big Lie (3+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, pademocrat, buffie

    Propaganda at its finest. Tell a lie over and over again, the  ignorant will believe. The corporate media bought off with campaign $$$$$.

  •  This type of thing will only work for about 30% of (0+ / 0-)

    the electorate, the vast majority of Americans aren't really racist scumbags and most don't hate people just because they're on welfare.

  •  Romney may be talking about TANF but (1+ / 0-)
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    ...he is using the word "welfare" to paint everyone who receives public assistance with the same brush.

    I doubt most people who have never received TANF know what it is. I certainly didn't before I had to apply for public assistance this year.

    Romney is lumping everyone "on welfare" together, and they should be exonerated from the his Big Lie together.

    Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

    by breakingranks on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:01:27 PM PDT

  •  For Romney to be doing this, either he had (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric0125, breakingranks, buffie

    to have come up with the decision himself to go ahead and try to lie and race-bait his way to victory, or he must be listening to people with no moral compass whatsoever who are telling him, "Look, Governor, you have to go for the race card, or you have no chance at all.  Just do it."

    If Romney initiated the strategy he's monstrous.  And he may be even more monstrous if he didn't and is bowing to the will of others.  

    This is not ok, Governor.  This is quite not ok.  

    And you should be ashamed of yourself.  

  •  Stop Blaming the White Working-Class! (2+ / 0-)
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    Mindtrain, pademocrat

    It isn't just the White working class that RepubliKlan dog whistles appeal to. It's White people. Period. The majority of Middle-Class White people vote RepubliKlan. The majority of college educated White people vote RepubliKlan. The majority of White women vote RepubliKlan. The majority of White baby-boomers - you know, the generation of the DFH's - vote RepubliKlan and have done so in every presidential election since 1972. And 2008 was the only time the majority of Whites under 30 years of age voted Democratic, and then it was just a paltry 54% - paltry compared to the 86% of non-Whites under 30 who voted Democratic.

    So it's long pass time for "progressives" to get real and accept the fact that there is something very wrong with the majority of White people in the USofA. And it isn't just the White Working-Class who are so afflicted. Because unless one is BOTH rich and greedy, voting RepubliKlan is proof positive that one has a very sick soul, at least.

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:09:15 PM PDT

  •  This has worked since the 19th century (sadly) (2+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, buffie

    we should be prepared for this and we should be massively counter-attacking. the media will not keep it up if we do not.

  •  Let's be clear: this is about WHITENESS (3+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, pademocrat, buffie

    It is a variation on "you may be poor, but at least you aren't black"

    •  White Panic (0+ / 0-)

      Facing the judgment of a "demographic winter", identity-whites are scrambling just to mount a twinkie defense.

      Something similar has been going on in Europe, with even respected academics and public thinkers declaring an imminent Muslim deluge that will wipe out all the beauties of classic European civilization. Preserving the old cultures of Europe have become a matter of self-respect and pride.

      Europe did make distinct contributions to civilization that are worth acknowledging and sometimes preserving. However the transmission of culture is not tied to race. It just seems to be tied to race when the identity of the group doing the transmitting happened to include race. Do you have to be an alabaster white Greek to value reason? I think not.

      While Europe can lay claim to the ratification of centuries to many of its chief contributions, Americans cannot. We mostly ride the coattails of Europeans. Our defense is shakier...therefore the White Panic.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:30:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mitt Romney = desperate soon to be loser n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Courtesy of the Weekly Standard: "Early on, we received this missive from a bright young conservative: 'I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!'"

    by Steve In DC on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:18:15 PM PDT

  •  It bothers me that OFA (2+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, buffie

    has not bothered to effectively counterattack these lies by Mitt Romney. EVERY four years, we Democrats fall for this, wanting to take the high road, not understanding that people are not rational when it comes to politics. People go with their guts, and NOT their heads.

    What I want to know is what the heck is going on with OFA? Do they actually think that people won't fall for this?

  •  Need an ad like this: (2+ / 0-)
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    breakingranks, buffie

    Billionaires and corporations are spending millions of dollars lying to you about Medicare...

    ...lies that trusted media outlets have classified as pants on fire and 4 Pinocchio's...

    ...all to help get Mitt Romney elected President.

    President Obama has strengthened Medicare. The CBO has said his plans extended the life of Medicare by 8 years without cutting benefits.

    President Obama also closed the prescription doughnut hole and added wellness visits and other enhanved medical care for seniors, changes Mitt Romney wants to end.

    Should you trust your future health care to someone based on lies (photo of Romney)...

    ...or someone who will continue the fight to keep Medicare working for you.

  •  so when the hell are we going to counter this? (1+ / 0-)
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    It's ridiculous to allow lies like this and one about medicare continue.  You can't tell me that there isn't enough money to run an ad that counters both lies.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 03:34:51 AM PDT

  •  Clinton's Speech at Convention (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope that Bill Clinton will rebut every one of these lies about Obama in his speech. He can give a real stemwinder when he's in the mood. It would be so helpful. I am in NYC (thank Buddha) so I do not know if the Obama campaign, Priorities, of the DNC are up with rebuttal ads in swing states. Anyone here know?

    "Well Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?"

    by buffie on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 04:12:38 AM PDT

  •  Those aren't man-of-the-people jeans. (0+ / 0-)

    Those are Mom Jeans.

  •  The medicare/welfare lies will cause Mitt to..... (0+ / 0-)

    ...get his ass handed to him in the debates.

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