Obama Says Romney Is Being Dishonest About Auto Bailout

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President Obama, returning to full-throated campaign mode after a week upended by Hurricane Sandy, accused Mitt Romney on Friday of dishonesty in claiming that his administration's auto bailout had resulted in jobs moving to China .
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Of course he has, he's been "dishonest" about every word out of his mouth!

THROUGH ALL THE flip-flops, there has been one consistency in the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: a contempt for the electorate.

How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information? Defying recent bipartisan tradition, he failed to release the names of his bundlers — the high rollers who collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. He never provided sufficient tax returns to show voters how he became rich.

How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts? He was a friend of immigrants, then a scourge of immigrants, then again a friend. He was a Kissingerian foreign policy realist, then a McCain-like hawk, then a purveyor of peace. He pioneered Obamacare, he detested Obamacare, then he found elements in it to cherish. Assault weapons were bad, then good. Abortion was okay, then bad. Climate change was an urgent problem; then, not so much. Hurricane cleanup was a job for the states, until it was once again a job for the feds.

The same presumption of gullibility has infused his misleading commercials (see: Jeep jobs to China) and his refusal to lay out an agenda. Mr. Romney promised to replace the Affordable Care Act but never said with what. He promised an alternative to President Obama’s lifeline to young undocumented immigrants but never deigned to describe it.

And then there has been his chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals. He promised to cut income tax rates without exploding the deficit or tilting the tax code toward the rich — but he refused to say how he could bring that off. When challenged, he cited “studies” that he maintained proved him right. But the studies were a mix of rhetoric, unrealistic growth projections and more serious economics that actually proved him wrong.

This last is important — maybe the crux of the next four years. History has shown that it’s a lot easier to cut taxes than to reduce spending. Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush promised to do both, managed to do only the first and (with plenty of help from Congress) greatly increased the national debt.

Now Mr. Romney promises to reduce income tax rates by one-fifth — for the rich, that means from 35 percent to 28 percent — and to raise defense spending while balancing the budget. To do so, he would reduce other spending — unspecified — and take away deductions — unspecified. One of the studies he cited, by Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, said Mr. Romney could make the tax math work by depriving every household earning $100,000 or more of all of its charitable deductions, mortgage-interest deductions and deductions for state and local income taxes.

Does Mr. Romney favor ending those popular tax breaks? He won’t say. But he did take issue with Mr. Feldstein’s definition of the middle class: Mr. Romney said he would protect households earning $250,000 or less. In which case the Feldstein study did not vindicate the Romney arithmetic — it refuted it. Yet the candidate has continued to cite the study.

Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain. We hope the results Tuesday prove him wrong.
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Sounds about right to me!
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Obama is disgusting. People on LI have no power, where is the president. Romney may not be any better, but why re-elect this person
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" People on LI have no power, where is the president."

And what exactly is the president supposed to do about that? The crews are there, but the entire infrastructure was wiped out. Not only power lines down, but the area largely flooded. You can't just wave a magic wand, and restore it over night.

Folks in large parts of Mississippi, and Louisiana were without power MONTHS after Katrina. That wasn't Bush's fault, was it?
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How does it feel to be responsible for the deaths of our ambassador and marines in Libya dictator in chief?
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This is Interesting...Current CEO of General Motors.

Last Year In China...PLEASE take a few minutes and view this straight from the mouth of General Motors!

http://youtu.be/Lvl5Gan69Wo

PLEASE Watch!
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ima wrote:
How does it feel to be responsible for the deaths of our ambassador and marines in Libya dictator in chief?
How does it feel to be a liar, to exploit the deaths of our ambassador and marines in Libya, to give aid and comfort to our enemies and disrepect our country and its leadership?
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ima wrote:
How does it feel to be responsible for the deaths of our ambassador and marines in Libya dictator in chief?


We'll be happy to acknowledge and bring Obama to justice for having 4 American deaths happen on his watch immediately AFTER you bring Bush to justice for killing 4239 soldiers in an un neccesary War he lied us into!!!!

Immediately AFTER you do that!!!!!!!!!!

Until then STFU about your Faux Snews hyperventilating hyperbolic fabricated BS story!!!!
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forgottenlongisland wrote:
Obama is disgusting. People on LI have no power, where is the president. Romney may not be any better, but why re-elect this person
We went 11 days in 2008 without power after the ice storm in December at about 32 degrees in central MA!

STFU and come to us after 10 days or so jerk!!!!
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Jack,

Do you think if they had any clear, credible evidence of what you alledge. That they wouldn't ALREADY have him before congress? With all these supposed "smoking guns" one would think the Romney campaign would be hammering away at it in the closing days of the election. But they ain't saying squat. Why do you think that is? Perhaps because they know there is less there than meets YOUR eye, or that FOX news is feeding you.

Even one of their own commentators, said his colleague was LYING about what happened.
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an insane drunk goober.
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You'll have to ask !
you are one crazy dude!
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forgottenlongisland wrote:
Obama is disgusting. People on LI have no power, where is the president. Romney may not be any better, but why re-elect this person
Romney will be better. My heart just goes out to the residents of LI. I pray every night things will get better for you. Jersey is improving. Ask someone to use Belmont Park. People in NJ are going to Mommounth Park racetrack for lodging and meals. FEMA and Christie arranged it.

You're not forgotten, honest. Pray for you all day long.
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In May of 2012, CEO of GM stated 7 of 10 cars are manufactured outside the U.S. So much for saving jobs...
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How does it feel to be a liar, to exploit the deaths of our ambassador and marines in Libya, to give aid and comfort to our enemies and disrepect our country and its leadership?
leadership? we have leadership? the muslim dwelling in the WH, is a traitor to the country he vowed to uphold and protect from aggressive countries and isn't he the one who bows to the Saudi Prince? isn't he the one who refused to give the our embassy in Benghazi protection? those deaths are his doing, is he not responsible for our country's DIVISION? never has our country been so divided brought on by the commander in chief, himself! he is the one responsible for our companies about 35 of them cutting back their employees due to the employee mandatory health coverage. Target, McDonalds, K-mart, etc. HOW CAN ANYONE GIVE THIS ISLAMIC RADICAL RESPECT? HE IS NOT EVEN AMERICAN BORN! HOW CAN HE BE PATRIOTIC? All those Sandy victims still suffering WHO VOTED FOR HIM HAVE FOUND OUT HOW COMPASSIONATE TO THEIR NEEDS HE IS, vacationing 3-4 weeks....HE NEEDS TO EARN RESPECT TO GET IT. HE IS A TOTAL FLOP. He tricked people into voting for him STUPID PEOPLE, who refuse to work and want to be government supported.

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