Mitt Romney: Serial liar

Mitt Romney launched his campaign for the presidency on a lie. At practically every opportunity, he accused President Obama of making the economy worse.

Only a pathological liar or someone with a very short memory could make that accusation with a straight face. When Obama took office, the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. We’ve now had more than a year of consistent, if anemic, private-sector job growth. When Obama took office, the stock market was in a complete free fall. It has now recovered to near pre-recession levels. When Obama took office, the American auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Now, all three American automakers are making profits and, for the first time in a decade, they are adding jobs rather than laying off workers. When Obama took office, the financial sector was on the verge of collapse. Now, it is earning record profits. When Obama took office … well, you get the idea.

There is simply no credible argument that Obama made the economy worse. It’s not coming back with as much vigor as anyone would like, but it has certainly improved.

Finally, a reporter called Romney on this. At a press conference, NBC’s Sue Kroll asked why, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, Romney could say Obama had made the economy worse. The response was classic Romney: Despite all the evidence, Romney claimed he had said no such thing: “I didn’t say that things are worse…. What I said was that economy hasn’t turned around.”

Uh, no. He said, repeatedly, that things are worse. In any case, the economy has turned around, so even his disingenuous explanation fell far short of credibility.

And now Romney’s back to the full-on lie:

“The president came in, and he didn’t cause the recession, as you know . . . but he didn’t make it better, he made things worse,” Romney said, speaking at Bayside Grill & Tavern in Wolfeboro. “And he made things worse through a series of actions which hurt the economy at a time when it needed to be taking off. The recovery is extraordinarily anemic, again, because things he did made that recovery worse.”

Again, that argument simply holds no water. Romney knows this, but apparently believes Republican primary voters don’t. A man so willing to lie should not be president.

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