Think I’m exaggerating? Consider this: For months, we’ve been bombarded with commercials from Republicans and their SuperPACS based on pants-on-fire lies, such as Romney’s latest gem that Chrysler is planning on moving the production of Jeeps to China. Never mind that the Chrysler CEO immediately denounced the commercial as a blatant lie. Mitt the Twit has continued to air it.
Mitt has also continued to air commercials stating that President Obama has cut $716 billion from Medicare (he hasn’t); that President Obama began his first term with an “apology tour” of the the Middle East (he didn’t); and that Mitt recommended the same steps to save the US auto industry as President Obama (he didn’t).
In the primaries, Mitt ran as a “severe conservative,” stating that he would sign a bill to end legal abortion; that he believed all abortions should be outlawed even if the pregnancies were the result of rape or incest; that he would dismantle the EPA and the Dept. of Education; that he would cut taxes for everyone, including the wealthy; and that he would spend billions on our military that the Pentagon hasn’t even requested. Despite all of this, he claimed that he would somehow pay down the national debt.
But when it came to the first debate, he denied almost all of those statements. He has now portrayed himself as a centrist. As a result, we don’t know where he stands on any issue. We don’t know his economic plan, assuming he actually has one. What we do know is that he is a serial liar. And despite his slogan “Believe in America,” we know that, instead of investing his millions in the US, Mitt has dodged taxes by stashing his money offshore in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Luxembourg.
As for Mitt’s party, we know that it has spent the past four years blocking virtually every bill and presidential nomination. Republicans have used the filibuster hundreds of times – not just for big items, but for ordinary business, in hopes of making President Obama a one-term president.
Instead of trying to sell their plutocratic vision of America, Republicans and their billionaire supporters have spent billions attacking President Obama and other Democratic opponents. They have also looked for new ways to suppress the vote of those who might disagree with them. We’ve already seen the impact of their efforts in Ohio and Florida where early voting has been limited forcing people to stand in line for hours. Of course, this has been especially true in counties with large minority populations.
Election day is almost certain to be worse.
Let’s hope that a majority of the electorate has recognized the Republican strategy and makes them pay.