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8 Falsehoods, Lies and Misstatements From Romney Fundraising Video

The real Mitt Romney speaks his mind; and he's as twisted as he is misinformed.

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“When all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average,” the Center’s analysis said. “The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent.” According to the one tax return he's released, Romney paid less than 14%.

3. “ He’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. So my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

This statement is outrageous not because it has no basis in fact (it doesn’t), but because it shows Romney’s class prejudices. He really doesn’t care about vast swathes of America’s populace, because he wrongly believes that anyone who hasn’t made their millions of dollars is a freeloader.

Again, it’s worth returning to Greg Mitchell’s chart of which states have the highest concentration of households that pay no federal income taxes, because it is clear that contrary to Romney’s biased view, it is the red states that are the “moochers.” (Of course, there are many states that are in-between, but that doesn’t jibe with Romney’s black-and-white pronouncements.)

4. “ What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center, that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending on, in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”

This is a really curious statement, especially when contrasted with JZ Analytics polling data from last week. Of the 9.9 percent of voters who said they were undecided, about 40 percent said they earned $50,000 a year or less. Do you really think undecided voters in middle- and low-income cohorts are going to be drawn to Romney’s harsh rhetoric?

Video 2: Who’s Failing To Tell The Truth?

5. “ We speak with voters across the country about their perceptions. Those are the people that I told you—the 5 to 6 or 7 percent that we have to bring to our side. They all voted for Barack Obama four years ago. So, and by the way, when you say to them, ‘Do you think Barack Obama is a failure?’ they overwhelmingly say no. They like him. But when you say, ‘Are you disappointed that his policies haven’t worked?’ they say yes...

They love the phrase that ‘he’s over his head.’ …The best success I have at speaking with those people is saying, you know, the president has been a disappointment. He told you he'd keep unemployment below 8 percent. Hasn't been below 8 percent since."

Obama made many promises when pushing for his federal stimulus package in 2009, but according to PolitiFact.com, “This rephrases a tired GOP charge that consistently gets Mostly False or worse ratings. Many Republicans have claimed that Obama promised his stimulus package would keep the national unemployment rate below 8 percent. But Obama never made such a vow.” PolitiFact reported that “it came up with a list of 508 pledges of specific action Obama made when he was running for president and monitors how he’s performed on each one. The list does not include any promises to reduce unemployment.”

6. “ Fifty percent of kids coming out of school can't get a job. Fifty percent.”

This is another jumbled statement. A report released last week from the Social Science Research Council found one in seven American young people (ages 16 to 24) was not attending school or did not have a job. That is a very disturbing statistic as it points to generational poverty, but it is not a wholesale 50 percent figure. Where youth unemployment is the highest and approached that 50 percent figure is in minority communities, where the foremost indicator appeared to be the lack of education, the report said—not graduating from school and not finding meaningful work.

 
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