(I wrote this for the Urban News several days ago. I wrote it before the vice presidential debate.)
The new wave band, Talking Heads, had a song called “Once in a Lifetime.” There was a refrain in that song in which the lead singer, David Byrne, hauntingly sang, “Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.” As I watch the debates, I was thinking just that: “same as it ever was.”
Just a few months ago, I wrote a column for the Urban News that was entitled “Lies and More Lies,” in which I outlined Mitt Romney’s loose affiliation with the truth. I’m sure that President Obama as he stood at the lectern during the Wednesday night debate thought about saying, “I’ll start speaking when you say something that’s true.”
When you think about it, it’s kind of amazing that someone would stand up in front of the American people and tell not just one lie but, instead, a whole host of lies. In this article, I cannot recount all the lies that Mitt Romney told just in that 90-minute debate: the newspaper cannot give me enough space. But national fact checkers have come up with at least 27 separate instances where Mitt Romney simply did not tell the truth. Here are a few of them.
Romney stated he’s not going to raise taxes on middle-class families. Okay. Maybe he decided, just before he went on stage, that the tax plan on his own website was garbage and that, starting then, he would run on some other tax plan. Maybe that’s because the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center analyzed the one on his web site and said it cannot be balanced without raising taxes on the middle class. (more…)