Mitt Romney is a liar. Lately, I'm finding it physically painful to listen to this man speak, or to read his remarks because he is shameless, unethical, and a bald-faced liar. It is unclear who Romney thinks he's running against, but it is clear that he is not running against President Obama. At least, he's not running against "IRL" President Obama. Mitt Romney is running against a strawman, all the while erecting strawmen and promptly setting them on fire.
Take Mittens' comments on Thursday about President Obama's economic policies:
Mitt Romney today declared that the floundering economy under President Obama is not just a “failure of policy” but a “moral failure of tragic proportion,” though he offered few new details as to what he would do differently as president.
“This president’s misguided policies have seem muddled, confused and simply ineffective,” said Romney, speaking at the minority-run Production Products, a military contractor that manufactures shelters to shield from chemical and biological attacks, among others.
“When you look around at America’s economy, three-and-a-half years into this presidency, it’s painfully obvious that this inexperienced president with no experience as a leader was simply not up to the task of solving a great economic crisis,” said Romney. “This is not just a failure of policy; it is a moral failure of tragic proportion. Our government has a moral commitment to help every American help himself. And that commitment has been broken.”
“I will not be that president of doubt and deception,” said Romney. “I will lead us to a better place.’
Or take Romney's comments yesterday after President Obama's rhetorical "the private sector is doing fine" slip-up in a press conference:
“For the president of the United States to stand up and say that the private sector is doing fine is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who is out of touch, and we’re going to take back this country and get America working again,” Romney said.
After you stop laughing at Mr. Roboto calling President Obama out of touch, let's take a look at the effect of President Obama's economic policies. (Don't groan! Stick with it. It's not that bad. The links in the list below are charts):
- The private sector has been adding jobs steadily since the end of Obama's first year, and today there are more private sector jobs than there were before Obama took office.
- The public sector, on the other hand, has fallen off a cliff: Total government employment is far below where it was when Obama started office.
- Excluding federal government workers, the decline in government employment is downright disastrous.
- President Obama's stimulus helped for a while, but it wasn't enough.
- Also: school construction spending is on the decline, spending on roads is down, public sector spending on public safety (firefighters and police) has collapsed, and public construction on the water supply is way down.
So, relatively speaking, the private sector is doing fine. The public sector, on the other hand, is a disaster. What party is responsible for the failure in the public sector? The GOP. The party led by this fucking guy:
"[Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, and more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."
Mitt Romney is bathing in rightwing ideological talking points here. He thinks that the loss of government jobs means the country is moving in the right direction! The loss of government jobs that has led to increased classroom sizes, school closures, and the elimination of public safety departments (remember when the Tennessee Fire Department watched a man's house burn down with his pets inside?) is a good thing to Mitt Romney.
Yes. The man who thinks that President Obama's economic policies (which, when unobstructed, are working!) are a moral failure says we don't need more firemen, policemen, and teachers because we need to cut back on those sorts of jobs in order to "help the American people." I guess firemen (and women), policemen (and women), and teachers are not Americans.
Look, I am not economist. I suck at math. I can barely count without using my fingers. I get halfway through an article by Ezra Klein and my eyes start bleeding because I don't know what a eurozone is and math is hard. So, definitely do not take my word on anything economics or math-related. Instead: READ THIS BUSINESS INSIDER ARTICLE AND LOOK AT THE CHARTS.
The charts don't lie.
Mitt Romney does.
President Obama's policies aren't a tragic moral failure. The Republicans -- which on the day after President Obama's inauguration, plotted a campaign of obstruction -- are a tragic moral failure.
And it's really pissing me off.