Mitt is It.

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The core of Mitt’s campaign strategy seems to be the conviction that he can say anything and pay no price plus contempt for the voters and the news media. But maybe, he is mistaken, and his serial dishonesty will become, justifiably, the heart of the narrative from here until November 2012. His prevarication is such a routine part of his statements and those of the campaign that he seems to be something new on the political scene. Could he be the real life version of Pennywise the Dancing Clown also known as It? For those unfamiliar with Steven King’s novel, It is an inter-dimensional predatory life-form that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. In the 1986 novel of the same name, It primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Like Pennywise, Mitt exploits the fears and phobias of his victims [American citizens] in order to obtain his dubious ends. Like Pennywise, Mitt is an intriguing deceiver. Mitt ignores the rules of logic as Pennywise ignored the laws of physics. Mitt has piercing eyes and a killer stare as did Pennywise. Mitt is not the Etch-A-Sketch candidate; he is the shape shifter candidate!

It is common practice of politicians and political campaigns to spin information and news in order to make the most favorable impression possible. This is understood by everyone with any experience as a campaigner or as a voter. Politicians and their campaigns are engaged in persuasive speech. At their best, they are also speaking the truth at least from some defensible perspective.

In this process both candidates and campaigns often float “trial balloons.” It seems that Mitt and his campaign believe “They all float!” Therefore, he and they do such things as feign outrage concerning the purported dismissing of Ann’s work as a stay at home mom three months after saying less affluent stay at home parents should be required to get outside employment so they can experience “the dignity of work.” If being a stay at home parent is as worthy a pursuit as the Romney campaign protests it is in April 2012 why did it lack dignity in January 2012? The lie in this comes in two parts. First, contradictory positions cannot both be true and second, if staying at home is dignified work for millionaire parents who often have considerable help, it would be even more so for less affluent parents who have to actually do the work they are staying at home for.

During an April 15, 2012, private campaign event in Florida Romney said, “We are behind when it comes to commentators on TV. They tend to be liberal.” Here he skillfully asserts the very cagey fabrication that the media is biased against Republicans. This serves several purposes, but the most important is to intimidate journalists who might be tempted to call Republicans to account for their numerous falsehoods. It is a smoke screen and a red herring. The most recent Pew Research Study of the 2012 Presidential Race reveals:

“One man running for president has suffered the most unrelentingly negative treatment of all, the study found: Barack Obama. Though covered largely as president rather than a candidate, negative assessments of Obama have outweighed positive by a ratio of almost 4-1. Those assessments of the president have also been substantially more negative than positive every one of the 23 weeks studied. And in no week during these five months was more than 10% of the coverage about the president positive in tone.”

Thus, Mitt presumes his deceptive characterization of the news media will insulate him from probing questions if he ever deigns to appear on even neutral networks. While many journalists may describe themselves as liberal, in their professional capacity they do not exhibit a bias against conservatives or those who pose as conservatives. If Mitt encounters hard questioning.

If Mitt’s lies and distortions only concerned trivia and atmospherics that would be one order of magnitude, but he misrepresents, distorts, and falsifies on matters that are central to the case for his candidacy. For example, in Arizona, Mitt told an audience that President Obama vowed to cut the deficit in half. Then, Mitt charged, “He’s doubled it. He’s doubled it.” The facts are as follows: when President Obama took office the deficit was roughly $1.3 trillion. In 2011, the deficit was $1.29 trillion. In 2012, the deficit is on track for $1.1 trillion. Does Mitt not know what “doubled it” means, or does he think American citizens and his audience does not? In another case, Romney claimed, “You can’t be, I don’t believe, anything but a fiscal conservative and run a business, because if you don’t balance your budget, you go out of business.” This is not only untrue, it is ridiculous. If Romney’s strength is his private sector experience, how can he not know that businesses run in the red frequently? How can he not acknowledge that businesses take out loans routinely for expansions, capital improvements, acquisitions and a host of other reasons? In a literal matter of possible life and death, Romney blamed the president for not imposing crippling sanctions on Iran when the president has. Furthermore, Mitt wants action against Syria which he claims is “Iran’s path to the sea.” Iran has more than 1,500 miles of coastline and does not share a border with Syria.

In a further attempt to make a virtue of ignorance, Romney told Greta Van Susteren, “The economy is nothing but the addition of all the businesses in the country together.” This is not true. All economies of every nation on the planet include their respective public sectors and the United States economy is no exception. Mitt reiterated that “Obama has launched an all-out attack on small businesses.” The truth is has lowered taxes on small businesses, eased the process for creating them, and streamlined the patent process. Contrary to Mitt’s false accusations, President Obama has also not advocated or approved “a government takeover of healthcare.” This statement is so ridiculously false that variations of it earned three different “Pants On Fire” ratings from PolitiFact and it was designated the 2010 “Lie of the Year.” Nevertheless, Mitt and other Republicans persist in repeating it.

On April 12, 2012, Romney claimed President Obama has already “raised taxes on millions of Americans and is campaigning on a platform of higher taxes.” This is almost precisely the opposite of what has happened. President Obama has lowered taxes for almost every American and is campaigning on a platform that includes fairer taxes in contrast to critical spending reductions from needed programs.

In one of the most arrogant displays of calculated dishonesty, declared “Instead of raising taxes, I will cut them.” This contradicts Romney’s published plan in which the top one percent will see tax cuts of roughly eight percent and the bottom twenty percent will see tax increases of nearly two percent. Those struggling most benefit least from the Romney plan. Mitt also asserted that the Ryan budget does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor. The Ryan budget which Mitt describes as marvelous gets sixty-two percent of its $5.3 trillion in non-defense cuts from programs that serve people and families of limited means. It stands the fairness principle on its head and slashes funding for Medicaid, Food Stamps, and numerous other low-income programs. Additionally contrary to Mitt’s claim that the Ryan budget preserves Medicare, it actually turns Medicare into a voucher program, scraps the guaranteed benefit altogether; weakens Medicare solvency; and brings back the Medicare Part D prescription drug “donut-hole.” The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Robert Greenstein says, “The Ryan budget would impose extraordinary cuts in programs that serve as a lifeline for our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens and over time would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance or become underinsured.” He added that Ryan’s plan “would cast tens of millions of less fortunate Americans into the ranks of the uninsured, take food from poor children, make it harder for low-income students to get a college degree, and squeeze funding for research, education, and infrastructure. “If the Ryan budget does not balance the budget on the backs of the poor and elderly, what budget possibly would?

If Mitt and his campaign succeed in deceiving the electorate, they may be able to impose barbaric policies and priorities on a gullible populace and plunge millions into destitution and despair. If we are fooled by this “smooth liar” as Richard Cohen calls him, we will ultimately suffer because of it. In a true breakthrough performance of masterful lying Mitt intoned, “With all the challenges the nation faces, this is not the time for President Obama’s hide and seek campaign…. Unlike President Obama, you don’t have to wait until after the election to find out what I believe in — or what my plans are.” However, in late March, Romney told the Weekly Standard, “So will there be some [departments] that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now.” This means Romney could talk in detail about his intentions but he is not going to because voters may not like the truth and it is advantageous to hide it from them. Americans are supposed to trust It and vote for him first and then discover what Its true intentions are once they are at Its mercy.

We must all understand that a president who attains office by brazenly flouting the truth is even more likely than an average politician to govern in a dishonest and even illegal way. In the novel, children who trusted It paid with their lives. In the 2012 election, voters who trust Mitt and everyone else will pay if he secures the presidency. We have been warned.

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  1. avatar Cher Duncombe says:

    Larry, I do think it is the natural course of events for Obama to be judged as a president rather than as a candidate. To be honest, that is how I evaluated Bush. But you are right in that Romney needs to have every statement fact-checked for validity. Regardless of what any pundits are saying at this point in the game, they need and want salacious headlines. That is what is in their interest. Once Obama and Romney begin their debates, reality will set in. For the most part, I pay little attention to the current antics. What matters is who remains stronger for the end game.

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    • avatar Larry Conley says:

      Cher,

      This election cycle will be distinguished from those preceding it by two ominous developments. One is the voter suppression efforts that Republicans have launched in at least 33 states. They have been completely unable to provide any evidence to support the existence and severity of the problem they allege to be solving. It is comparatively easy, however, to see the problem these measures create: likely Democratic voters are disproportionately impacted. The second, is the Superpac intrusion and the certainty that television and print media will be hit by a “tsunami of slime” as one commentator has described it. The game this year [and perhaps for the foreseeable future] is not the one Americans have customarily played.

      Add to this a candidate such as Willard, who can’t even be honest about his first name and who has the CEO mindset that “business is business,” and a perfect storm is looming.

      I have to admit to a genuine and abiding fear for the Republic.

      As ever, thank you for your insightful comment.

      Larry

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  2. avatar Judie says:

    All I have been hearing is that the state of the nation is Obama’s fault. When Clinton left office, we had a balanced budget, which Bush decimated in eight years. Why isn’t anyone taking about that little fact? I hope reality DOES set in when the debates start, but you know the Republican voters--They just stick their fingers in their ears when Obama speaks, and sing “LALALALALALALALA!!!”

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    • avatar Larry Conley says:

      Judie,

      Willard, the master of deceit and distortion, is not running against the actual President Barack Obama. He is campaigning against a caricature [as are the other reactionary Republicans]. Because of Romney’s ability to lie so smoothly and because of the enormous echo chamber repeating these lies many people beyond those with permanently closed minds mistake this cartoon version of the President for the actual President.

      As one example consider, Romney’s standard charges that Obama created a nation of dependents. “Over the past three years Barack Obama has been replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society.” The statistics used to support this are wildly misinterpreted to say the least, but Romney repeats it anyway and seems sincere while doing so.

      Add to this habit of deception, the widespread voter suppression Republicans are engaged in, and we face a situation of true peril.

      Thanks for your cogent comment.

      Larry

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  3. avatar Judie says:

    This “entitlement” business is starting to piss me off. I have heard some right-wing half-wits say that Social Security is an entitlement. Wake up, people! That’s OUR money, for Pete’s sake! Of course, the govenment has “borrowed” OUR money from that fund, and has never paid it back. That’s like stealing in my book.

    As for Medicare, Americans have been paying to run the government with their taxes, so the government should show its appreciation by providing the older citizens with benefits. As for Medicaid, not everyone has the funds to invest in derivitives, or make a killing in the stock market. After all, look at all the crap we have had to put up with over the years! If by some strange and ungodly act, Mitt should be elected, the REAL crap will be just beginning.

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  4. avatar Larry Conley says:

    Judie,

    Not only is it our money, it is our government. What do these people who adore the market think “We the people” were creating?

    We most assuredly were not creating a death match in which only the strong survive. We were not trying to assure that the wealthy and connected would be able to fleece the rest of us like sheep.

    It is the Republic, not the Market that made this country something to be proud of; something worth living for, fighting for, and if necessary dying for.

    The predatory plutocrats believe they are entitled to “buy and sell” the Republic and every one of us. They have some gall to speak of an entitlement culture. They embody it.

    Thanks again for the pointed comment.

    Larry

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  5. avatar Elisa Ashley says:

    I’m not a very politically minded person, but Romney seems to tailor his speeches to whomever he is standing in front of at the moment, even if he’d just given the opposite speech across the street. I can’t believe anything he says, and at his income level he can’t relate to ME and certainly has no idea what my best interests are…or even my interests.

    But what will my choice be? Him or Obama?

    Remember, voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil.

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    • avatar Larry Conley says:

      Elisa,

      I agree “voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil.”

      For me, however, this is not the situation this year. As you may have deduced, my opinion is there is a struggle between good and evil this year.

      For me, the contrast is stark and the choice is obvious.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Larry

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