Posted by: Rick | Thursday, August 9, 2012

Romney’s Lies: Lie #14 (“The Welfare Queen Card”)

Mitt Romney Lie Number Fourteen takes us back to the days of Ronald Reagan, when all poor black women drove Cadillacs and dined on filet mignon:

In a very careful executive action, President Obama removed the requirement of work from welfare. It is wrong to make any change that would make America more of a nation of government dependency. We must restore, and I will restore, work for welfare.

Can you believe it? Mitt Romney is lying:

“There’s no plausible scenario under which this really constitutes a serious attack on welfare reform,” Ron Haskins, who is now co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families, said in an interview with NPR that aired on Wednesday.

Haskins spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. In 2002, he was President George W. Bush’s senior adviser on welfare policy.

Romney is lying about welfare reform because he can’t talk about what he really wants to talk about: His alleged superpowers as en economic Mr. Fix-It. That, you see, would entail telling voters what he actually did at Bain Capital and how he managed to put $100,000,000 in his IRA.

Willard’s options are severely limited. He can’t run a genuinely positive campaign because he can’t talk about himself without inviting a slew of lethal questions. Since he has to say something, this week he’s decided to shake the trees for some more David Duke-type voters.

His messaging is in tatters.

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