Printed letters, September 20, 2012

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Like so many rabid Obama-haters, Carol Abbott “can’t see the truth behind the smoke of partisan politics”.

Thus, first, President Obama never “apologized all over the place for the United States” – Abbott’s jaded misinterpretation of his “foreign-soil speeches” notwithstanding.

Rather, as chronicled by Bill Scher of the “progressive” Nation of Change (and not contradicted by any “conservative” fact-checkers), Mitt Romney’s “apology” claim was one of “The Top 13 Lies in Modern Republican Convention History” – ranking eighth.

Lest Abbott entertain and/or repeat other Republican falsehoods, the following lies from the 2012 Republican convention also made Scher’s “Top 13” list:

At number six was Paul Ryan’s lie about the GM plant in his district that closed in 2008 – before President Obama was inaugurated – but which Ryan blamed on Obama (not Bush) and which he cited as proof that President Obama’s “auto bailout” was unsuccessful.

At number four was Ryan’s boldface lie that President Obama had “stolen” $716 billion from Medicare – falsely implying that this sum came from reducing recipients’ benefits rather than from eliminating provider subsidies, while concealing the fact that his own “budget” relied on those same “savings” to fund further tax cuts for the already wealthy.

At number two was Ryan’s lie that President Obama had “done nothing on the debt”, when by Executive Order he had created the same Bowles-Simpson “bipartisan debt commission” upon which Ryan served but whose recommendations Ryan voted against.

At number one was Romney’s outrageous lie that President Obama would raise taxes on the “middle class”, but Romney wouldn’t.  Obama’s plan would not raise taxes on earned income below $250,000, while Romney’s plan would increase taxes on income between $100,000 and $250,000 – thus impacting thousands of successful “job creating” small businesses.

While Ryan’s was considered “The Most Dishonest Convention Speech Ever”, Romney’s was deemed the most outrageous lie – ever.  Now Abbott too joins that “cool-aid club”.

                Bill Hugenberg

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