NYT blasts Romney auto lies, while Ryan backs away from bailout

You’re probably aware of Mitt Romney’s outrageous lies about his ever-changing position on the auto bailout.

  • Romney opposed the bailout.
  • But during the debates pretended he was for it.
  • And now (falsely) claims the auto bailout caused Chrysler and General Motors to move American jobs to China.
  • But if Romney is now for the bailout, and the bailout caused jobs to move to China, then Romney is also responsible for moving those jobs to China.

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He’s not the brightest guy to ever run for president.

Right before Hurricane Sandy hit, and stole the news cycle, reporters were beginning to get surprisingly annoyed about Romney’s newest lie: claiming the automakers were moving American jobs to China.

It’s not true.  The companies involved have said it’s not true.  Romney has no evidence of the claim other than a poorly written article.  But don’t let that stop Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan from telling it again and again and again.

The accusation drew a dismissive response from a GM spokesman, who explained, “We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days. No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

The ad further claimed that “Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China.”

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne refuted Romney’s comments in an email sent yesterday to Chrysler employees: “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” Marchionne wrote, touting Chrysler’s recent production expansions in America.

In a wonderfully written editorial, today’s NYT blasts Romney’s duplicity for continuing to repeat the lie, days after it was proven wrong by everyone involved. Here’s a short excerpt, but do read the entire thing:

When General Motors tells a presidential campaign that it is engaging in “cynical campaign politics at its worst,” that’s a pretty good signal that the campaign has crossed a red line and ought to pull back. Not Mitt Romney’s campaign. Having broadcast an outrageously deceitful ad attacking the auto bailout, the campaign ignored the howls from carmakers and came back with more.

Mr. Romney apparently plans to end his race as he began it: playing lowest-common-denominator politics, saying anything necessary to achieve power and blithely deceiving voters desperate for clarity and truth.

What Mr. Romney cannot admit is that all this is a direct result of the government investment he would have rejected. It’s bad enough to be wrong on the policy. It takes an especially dishonest candidate to simply turn up the volume on a lie and keep repeating it.

But what particularly caught my eye was Paul Ryan’s statement out yesterday that appears to show Romney/Ryan again backing away from support for the auto bailout.

“American taxpayers are on track to lose $25 billion as a result of President Obama’s handling of the auto bailout, and GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas,” Ryan said in a statement. “These are facts that voters deserve to know as they listen to the claims President Obama and his campaign are making. President Obama has chosen not to run on the facts of his record, but he can’t run from them.”

Paul Ryan sounds pretty ticked off that President Obama saved the auto industry, saved its one million jobs, and ultimately saved America from going into another Great Depression.  (Kind of makes you wonder whose side Paul Ryan is really on.  Let’s face it: If Paul Ryan had been president, the auto bailout would have had to wait until Ryan’s photographer arrived.  The man does nothing that doesn’t involve a news camera, and if there isn’t one available, he does nothing until there is.)

Add the China charge to this newest accusation, and it’s pretty clear that Romney/Ryan are now, once again, against the auto bailout.

So let’s recap: First they’re against it, then they’re for it, then they’re against it, then they’re really against it (all the while including in their ads against it a fact-checker saying the President was wrong to say that Romney was against it).

If you’re confused, join the club.

This is what happens when: A) the guy at the top of the campaign isn’t very bright, B) he doesn’t really believe in anything, and C) he’s such a craven individual that he puts his own ambition above all else, be it Hurricane Sandy victims or, now, the truth.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.wimer.5 Brian Wimer

    Here’s what Romney said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR7DGGRS-Qo
     

  • Hans Jaegerstatter

     You’re right! Romney has posted the best grades his father’s money could buy!

  • IrishColleen

    One can look up Romneys grades at Harvard.
    So…what were Obamas grades? ANYWHERE????
    Empty post you just wrote…try again……

    You people sure are scared.

  • IrishColleen

    Are you kidding? I live in NY. No one can stand the man! He only wins because of his billions….not millions…BUT BILLIONS.
    He HELPED Romney!

  • IrishColleen

    That is not what Romney said. Are you people so deaf and blind that you do not hear or see anymore?
    Watch the ad…it does not say that.
    How pathetic…..

  • Naja pallida

    Actually, Romney’s actual inheritance he gave to BYU… but of course his connections, expensive education, and the only reason he got the job he did out of college were entirely because of who his father was. To fund Bain Capital he took money from South American families who were at the same time funding the death squads during the civil war in El Salvador, and people like Jack Lyons – who later did time for unrelated financial fraud. About a third of the initial investment came from foreign money… almost all of it highly secret, by the rules of the company.

  • Naja pallida

    Apparently people gave up on it… no way he’ll budge an inch on it by this point, unless it’s to distract from something even more damaging.

  • Guest

    Breaking news:  Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama for re-election.  It’s over, Mittens.  The monsters the right-wing have unleased have eaten the Republican campaign alive. 

  • Guest

    Yeah.  What about the tax returns?  Why has that issue gone away?

  • Mike__in__Houston

    It’s great to see the media starting to unashamedly use the term “lie.”  Maybe, with the election looming so close and the related fear that those two SOBs could end up in the White House, they are just afraid that people won’t get it if they whitewash it, i.e., “Mitt Romney continues to deliberately misunderstand what actually happened with the bailout.”  Whatever the reason, it’s blogs like this one that emboldened the MSM to start calling a lie what it is, even if just occasionally.

    Now if they had only felt bold enough to stay on Rmoney about his tax returns.  But I guess Lyin’ Ryan’s workout routine was far more interesting and newsworthy, and a paper can only cover so many stories after all…

  • FLL

    The large amounts of money that Romney made at Bain Capital may have tricked people into thinking that Romney has brains, but let’s examine the dynamics.  Romney started his venture at Bain with millions of dollars of inherited money from his father. He chose to invest those millions in a sure-to-succeed project that involved parasitically latching onto companies that could be destroyed by replacing their workforce with shockingly cheap labor in foreign countries like China. It was really as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, and it certainly didn’t require much brains, assuming, of course, that you had inherited millions to invest in the first place. And now, having witnessed Romney wage a campaign filled with instances of amazing stupidity, Americans are finally coming to the realization that Mitt Romney is just not very bright. Bravo.

  • emjayay

    I’d guess that Romney has much better intellectual skills than the last Republican president, who did indeed take the country over a number of cliffs, and was thwarted on taking the country over one or two more. But Bush only thought he was a corporate businessguy. He had only been hired by corporations as a backslapping connected figurehead.

    Mitt really is a corporate business guy, well, more of a fincancial sector business related guy, unlike a real businessguy like his father. He was actually wildly successful at it – buying the right company, loading it with debt, extracting assets and huge fees, firing as many people as possible, cutting anything long term oriented like research and investment and maintenence, and if that doesn’t quickly work shipping the company to China and firing the remaining employees or just going bankrupt and letting the feds do something about pensions. Then sticking the profits in Swiss banks or the Caymans to avoid taxes or attract foreign tax avoiding money.

    Any moral thinking of any kind is not part of the picture. It’s all about closing the deal under any cirmstances and getting away with as much money as possible. Maybe you could argue that on a national level this sort of ruthless business practices make for more effeciency, but for those involved there is one winner and everyone else is big losers. Doesn’t matter. That’s how it works.

    That’s Mitt’s campaign. Do the research, figure it out, draw up a business plan, do it. Lying or not lying or changing every position at any time or whatever have no relevance whatsoever. Winning is all. It doesn’t even matter if you have no particular reasons or goals about leading the country. Immaterial.

    In my continuing research of lowest common denominator Americans, (reading Yahoo News comments) I have noticed that when the lying and hypocricy is really big and obvious, like the sham Potempkin Village of a “relief event,” or lying about Jeep and doubling down with a crudely made commercial, a surprising number of those people get it. They know nothing (except imaginary stuff about Obama) about policy or much anything else, but they can detect hypocricy and sometimes even continual 180 degree turns. Hope the Obama campaign is paying attention. A bigger deal should have been made of the Ryan pot washing photo op.

  • Guest

    Not the brightest guy who ever ran for President?  Right.  Sounding brass and tinkling cymbal.  Add to that intoxicated adherence to a simple-minded worlview and cosmology that always tells you you’re right and inconvenient facts are wrong, and you have a would-be leader who would take a country over the cliff.  These guys are a menace.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/conium.maculatum Conium Maculatum
  • Blitzen

    Welcome to post-Citizen’s United politics.  Romney has never had any campaign other than a relentless stream of falsehoods.  With enough corporate money and media, he clearly believes that he can repeat them until they magically become true.   He may not succeed, now, but some new Hitler eventually will…

  • confusion

    A lie can only be as big as the ASSHOLE telling it. In this case Rmoney/Ryan..

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