Like a rug…
The folks over at Think Progess have put together a minute by minute compendium of the lies that Mitt Romney told in Wednesday’s debate. An example:
7) “And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America’s workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate….97 percent of the businesses are not — not taxed at the 35 percent tax rate, they’re taxed at a lower rate. But those businesses that are in the last 3 percent of businesses happen to employ half — half of all the people who work in small business.” Far less than half of the people affected by the expiration of the upper income tax cuts get any of their income at all from a small businesses. And those people could very well be receiving speaking fees or book royalties, which qualify as “small business income” but don’t have a direct impact on job creation. It’s actually hard to find a small business who think that they will be hurt if the marginal tax rate on income earned above $250,000 per year is increased
It’s a useful article that covers many, but not all of Romney’s lies. For instance, while it calls Romney out on his claim that under his proposals, people with pre-existing conditions would not be denied insurance coverage, it fails to note that his claim that adult children of beneficiaries would continue to receive coverage until they are 26 years old is equally specious. Under Romney’s “plan” the government will not mandate such coverage. Rather, it’s up to the market to formulate such plans, if there’s a genuine demand for them. And you can imagine how much these theoretical plans would cost: probably about as much as simply paying for your child’s individual plan out of pocket today.
Perhaps what’s most galling to me, is that it’s obvious from the specificity of Romney’s claims, that these were prepared “zingers.” In other words, the Romney campaign loaded him up, and practiced, a series of talking points that they knew to be false, in the hope that media attention would fall on the style of his delivery, and not what he was actually saying. And in this, to this point, the Romney campaign appears to have guessed correctly.