Monday, October 22, 2012

'I'm Mitt Romney, And I Approved This Message Pack Of Lies'

Rmoney's blockbuster closer is an ad with five statements about Obama... each of which is a baldfaced, unsubstantiated, indeed easily rebutted lie. Jed Lewison at Kos has the details. Here's the text of the ad:
If Barack Obama is reelected, what will the next four years be like? One, the debt will grow from 16 trillion to 20 trillion dollars. Two, 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based health care. Three, taxes on the middle class will go up by $4,000. Four, energy prices will continue to go up. And five, $716 billion in Medicare cuts that hurt current seniors.
In a way, this election will prove a test of several hypotheses that have been advanced by Rmoney and his henchmen:
  • The most obvious, of course, is that under the aegis of Citizens United, an American presidential election can be bought outright by a thoroughly unqualified candidate with access to effectively unlimited money.

  • Another assertion is evidenced in this Rmoney ad, a very old assertion extending back through every 20th-century totalitarian regime: that lies, repeated frequently and relentlessly enough to a passive public, can come to supplant truths, even in cases where the truths are easy to understand and explain.
I guess we'll find out soon, won't we?

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