Thursday, August 23, 2012


Never in my entire life have I witnessed a more dishonest presidential campaign than that which the Republicans are running this year.
Believe the opposite of what they say!
Romney and Ryan, whose plan would destroy Medicare as we know it, are accusing the President, whose plan will prolong the life of Medicare, of destroying Medicare! That’s their karlrovian approach! The President’s plan has reduced the cost not the benefits of Medicare by 716 billion dollars, by eliminating excessive payments to insurance companies and health care providers.
Yet the Republican candidates are accusing the President of robbing Medicare of that amount in order to pay for the Affordable Care Act. That’s the dickcheyneyan principle: If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.
So, too, with their total misrepresentation of the President’s welfare program, which they say has no work requirement. That is an outright lie, but they keep saying it. They want people to believe the exact opposite of the truth. They should not be allowed to get away with such deliberate falsehoods!

Back to the Medicare issue. The Romney/Ryan team wants to institute a voucher system, which would be disastrous for seniors, of whom I am one. I don’t know what my wife and I would do without Medicare. The vast majority of seniors are happy with Medicare the way it is. Those who are not are being hoodwinked into thinking the President wants to change Medicare, when it is his program that is protecting it!
Romney and Ryan want to restore the $715 billion in Medicare savings “that Obama stole.” According to independent research analysts, to do that would increase the premiums and co-payments for beneficiaries by several hundred dollars a year!  But that doesn’t stop the Romney team from perpetuating their falsehoods.
  As the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are kicking in, there are more and more beneficiaries of the system to call the lie to the Republican anti-Obamacare rhetoric, rhetoric that is all the more reprehensible because they have no real plan of their own to replace it! The President has acknowledged that the new law has some wrinkles that need to be ironed out, and his administration is perfectly willing to work with the Republicans to refine the program as needed. But even as the law now stands, millions of Americans are already benefiting from the Act’s provisions, and millions more will benefit in the future.
Barack Obama was able to accomplish what no other President before him was able to do. Romney’s vow to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office should be reason enough for seeing that he never gets to be President!
But an even more important reason is Romney’s lack of trustworthiness. I want a President I can trust! If we can’t believe what Romney says as a candidate, how could we believe what he says as President? I’m not referring to the usual political hyperbole. That’s to be expected. I’m referring to his outright lies and deliberate misrepresentations of the facts.
I repeat: Romney has run the most dishonest campaign I’ve ever witnessed.

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