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Untruths, Wholly Untrue, And Nothing But Untruths Paul Krugman
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Paul Krugman - New York Times Blog
January 13, 2012, 9:00 am
Untruths, Wholly Untrue, And Nothing But Untruths

I was deeply radicalized by the 2000 election. At first I couldnt believe that then-candidate George W. Bush was saying so many clearly, provably false things; then I couldnt believe that nobody in the news media was willing to point out the lies. (At the time, the Times actually told me that I couldnt use the l-word either). That was when I formulated my views differ on shape of planet motto.

Now, however, Mitt Romney seems determined to rehabilitate Bushs reputation, by running a campaign so dishonest that it makes Bush look like a model of truth-telling.

I mean, is there anything at all in Romneys stump speech thats true? Its all based on attacking Obama for apologizing for America, which he didnt, on making deep cuts in defense, which he also didnt, and on being a radical redistributionist who wants equality of outcomes, which he isnt. When the issue turns to jobs, Romney makes false assertions both about Obamas record and about his own. I cant find a single true assertion anywhere.

And he keeps finding new frontiers of falsehood. The good people at CBPP find him asserting, with regard to programs aiding low-income Americans, that

What unfortunately happens is with all the multiplicity of federal programs, you have massive overhead, with government bureaucrats in Washington administering all these programs, very little of the money thats actually needed by those that really need help, those that cant care for themselves, actually reaches them.

which is utterly, totally untrue. Administrative costs are actually quite small, and between 91 and 99 percent of spending, depending on the program, does in fact go to beneficiaries.

At this rate, Romney will soon start lying about his own name. Oh, wait
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