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    Iraq is so free now! →

    Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

    "Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."

    The admission comes just after the eighth anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations in which the then-US secretary of state relied heavily on lies that Janabi had told the German secret service, the BND. It also follows the release of former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s memoirs, in which he admitted Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction programme.

    — 3 years ago with 6 notes
    #iraq  #lies  #george w bush  #donald rumsfeld  #curveball  #Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi  #saddam hussein 
    Senator John Kyl says things that are “not intended to be a factual statement.” →

    Because he can. And now you know.

    Steve Benen points out what Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) had to say about his blatant lie on Planned Parenthood and abortion services:

    As political spin goes, this is a true gem. Kyl said abortion is “well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does” — a blatant lie — and when called on it, his defense is that his remarks on the Senate floor were “not intended to be a factual statement.” What an amazing way to justify all bogus claims — just make stuff up, and if anyone notices that you’re not telling the truth, simply explain that your nonsense was “not intended to be a factual statement.”

    Quick follow up for Jon Kyl: how are we to know which of his arguments are “intended to be factual,” and which aren’t? Perhaps he can start letting us know in advance?

    Also, too: how many Fox-News-watching teabaggers believed Kyl’s lie? More importantly, how many still believe it, even after Kyl’s confession?

    Stephen Colbert responds on Twitter:

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #politics  #news  #religion  #abortions  #Arizona  #factual statements  #GOP  #john kyl  #lies  #planned parenthood  #Republicans  #senator kyl  #tea party 
    Ten years ago, Bush said “Tax relief will create new jobs, tax relief will generate new wealth…” →

    Yesterday’s lies are today’s lies. A decade of FAIL, brought to you by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the GOP. From Pat Garofalo | Think Progress — read the whole thing, but here are some highlights on this 10-year anniversary of fail:

    10 years ago tomorrow, the first of the Bush tax cuts was enacted. That 2001 tax cut was followed up by a second tax cut in 2003, passed after Vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly asserted that “deficits don’t matter.” The tax cuts were sold as necessary economic stimulus that would boost job creation and a moribund economy.Tax relief will create new jobs, tax relief will generate new wealth, and tax relief will open new opportunities,” Bush said on April 16, 2001 as he was pushing for the passage of the first tax cut. Two years later he said, “These tax reductions will bring real and immediate benefits to middle-income Americans… …

    DIDN’T CREATE JOBS:

    • Following the Bush tax cuts, “Overall monthly job growth was the worst of any cycle since at least February 1945, and household income growth was negative for the first cycle since tracking began in 1967.”
    • “The economy boasted 132 million jobs in June of 2001, the month that the first of the Bush tax cuts was signed into law. Three years later, in June of 2004, there were just 131.4 million jobs.

    BLEW UP THE DEFICIT:

    • During a 2001 address to Congress, Bush said, “At the end of those 10 years [in the 2001 budget], we will have paid down all the debt that is available to retire. That is more debt repaid more quickly than has ever been repaid by any nation at any time in history.”
    • However, thanks in large part to the Bush tax cuts, the debt ballooned under Bush, with debt held by the public increasing from $3.5 trillion to nearly $6 trillion and gross federal debt going from $5.6 trillion to nearly $10 trillion.

    TODAY’S GOP DOUBLES-DOWN:

    • Republicans only agreed to last December’s tax deal because it extended the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans.
    • Now, both the House Republican budget and the House Republican “jobs plan” released last week include further reductions in the top tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.
    • In fact, the “jobs plan” document calls for tax cuts to “Increase American competitiveness to spur investment and create more American jobs.”

    REALITY:

    When [Pres. Obama] took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer. -Mitt Romney


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    — 3 years ago
    #politics  #news  #economy  #class war  #income redistribution  #create jobs  #DICK Cheney  #economic failure  #FAIL  #George W Bush  #GOP  #jobs  #lies  #no jobs  #pay down debt  #Republicans  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party  #unemployment 
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WTF, Newt? - When I was watching the debate last night I did a double-take when I heard Newt say that ‘reforming’ the federal Civil Service system could save “a minimum of $500 billion a year.” […] Well, we looked into it and it turns out that the federal government’s entire payroll, even including the military, came to just $432.6 billion in fiscal 2011. In other words, if you fired everyone who works for the federal government you couldn’t save $500 billion.

    WTF, Newt? - When I was watching the debate last night I did a double-take when I heard Newt say that ‘reforming’ the federal Civil Service system could save “a minimum of $500 billion a year.” […] Well, we looked into it and it turns out that the federal government’s entire payroll, even including the military, came to just $432.6 billion in fiscal 2011. In other words, if you fired everyone who works for the federal government you couldn’t save $500 billion.

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #reforming federal civil service system  #save $500 billion a year  #lies  #total federal payroll is $432.6 billion  #newt gingrich  #lying liar  #federal workers  #service members  #bullshit 
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Not Good Enough, Politifact - PolitiFact has revised its piece from Feb. 14, which found U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s contention that “the majority of Americans are conservatives” to be “Mostly True.” It’s now “Half True.”NO! It’s not even “half true.” It’s false by every measure. Not even a plurality of Americans are “conservative” according to Gallup. From Politifac’s write-up: For 2011, Gallup found that the largest group of Americans identify as conservative, at 40 percent. Another 35 percent identify as moderate, while 21 percent identify as liberal. […] See that? 56 percent of Americans aren’t conservative. Not a majority or a plurality. So to suggest that a “majority of Americans are conservative” is FALSE. UNTRUE. Period.

    Not Good Enough, Politifact - PolitiFact has revised its piece from Feb. 14, which found U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s contention that “the majority of Americans are conservatives” to be “Mostly True.” It’s now “Half True.”NO! It’s not even “half true.” It’s false by every measure. Not even a plurality of Americans are “conservative” according to Gallup. From Politifac’s write-up: For 2011, Gallup found that the largest group of Americans identify as conservative, at 40 percent. Another 35 percent identify as moderate, while 21 percent identify as liberal. […] See that? 56 percent of Americans aren’t conservative. Not a majority or a plurality. So to suggest that a “majority of Americans are conservative” is FALSE. UNTRUE. Period.

    — 2 years ago with 29 notes
    #news  #politics  #politifact  #lies  #majority of americans are NOT conservatives 
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Maddow chronicles the lies of ‘sketchy’ Mitt Romney - “This is hard to talk about in the day to day news context, because there are such low expectations for politicians being truthful and because the word ‘lie’ is both under-used and over-used to the point where everybody is a little touchy about it. But the degree to which Mr. Romney lies, all the time, about all sorts of stuff, and doesn’t seem to care when he gets caught is maybe the single most notable thing about his campaign… He lies all the time, really easily. He says things that are not true with unnerving frequency.” Watch video 
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Romney econ adviser posts “deport seniors” joke on blog  - Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney’s top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies – Hispanics and seniors – in a single linked post on his popular economics blog. Under the header “A Fiscal Solution,” Mankiw, who served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush, posted an uploaded photo of an unidentified newspaper clip, a joke, that read: “Budget Cuts: The Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get home.” […] Mankiw offered no comment other than “Thanks to the reader who sent this along” – but he clearly thought it was funny.
…“I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier…. I applaud it. It’s an excellent piece of work and very much needed.” — Mitt Romney, 3/20/12 in Chicago

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    Maddow chronicles the lies of ‘sketchy’ Mitt Romney - “This is hard to talk about in the day to day news context, because there are such low expectations for politicians being truthful and because the word ‘lie’ is both under-used and over-used to the point where everybody is a little touchy about it. But the degree to which Mr. Romney lies, all the time, about all sorts of stuff, and doesn’t seem to care when he gets caught is maybe the single most notable thing about his campaign… He lies all the time, really easily. He says things that are not true with unnerving frequency.” Watch video 

    Romney econ adviser posts “deport seniors” joke on blog  - Greg Mankiw, the Harvard professor who serves as one of Mitt Romney’s top economic advisers, has managed to take a shot at two key constituencies – Hispanics and seniors – in a single linked post on his popular economics blog. Under the header “A Fiscal Solution,” Mankiw, who served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush, posted an uploaded photo of an unidentified newspaper clip, a joke, that read: “Budget Cuts: The Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get home.” […] Mankiw offered no comment other than “Thanks to the reader who sent this along” – but he clearly thought it was funny.


    “I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier…. I applaud it. It’s an excellent piece of work and very much needed.”  Mitt Romney, 3/20/12 in Chicago

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #gop  #republicans  #lies  #lying liar  #maddow  #deport seniors joke  #supports paul ryan's budget  #republican budget plan 
    "IN OHIO, Romney referred to the Bush/Cheney era as “before the recession.” The recession began in late 2007, more than a year before President Obama’s inauguration. The economy crashed in September 2008, four months before Obama took office. Someone who claims an expertise in economic policy probably ought to know that."
    Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XVI [You must read these posts — Romney lies chronically, all the time!]

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 2 years ago with 7 notes
    #mitt romney  #politics  #news  #lies 
    politicaldirtylaundry:

White, poor, homeless, no healthcare, no job, no hope; but they still vote republican??????

WHY do they still vote Republican? Maybe this is why. 

    politicaldirtylaundry:

    White, poor, homeless, no healthcare, no job, no hope; but they still vote republican??????

    WHY do they still vote Republican? Maybe this is why. 

    — 2 years ago with 47 notes
    #homeless  #politics  #war on women  #99 percent  #voter suppression  #GMO  #Health Care  #War on Drugs  #PTSD  #Lies  #Legalize 
    “[T]he rate of spending – federal spending increase is lower under President Obama than all of his predecessors since Dwight Eisenhower, including all of his Republican predecessors. That is a fact not often noted in the press and certainly never mentioned by the Republicans. [T]his President has been – has demonstrated significant fiscal restraint and acted with great fiscal responsibility. That is also why he has put forward a balanced plan to further reduce our deficit and debt by over $4 trillion….. I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint [sic] with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, speaking to the press corps on Wednesday aboard Air Force One

    “[T]he rate of spending – federal spending increase is lower under President Obama than all of his predecessors since Dwight Eisenhower, including all of his Republican predecessors. That is a fact not often noted in the press and certainly never mentioned by the Republicans. [T]his President has been – has demonstrated significant fiscal restraint and acted with great fiscal responsibility. That is also why he has put forward a balanced plan to further reduce our deficit and debt by over $4 trillion….. I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint [sic] with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”White House Press Secretary Jay Carneyspeaking to the press corps on Wednesday aboard Air Force One

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #sloth and laziness  #jay carney  #president obama  #spending  #lower under obama  #republicans  #media  #lies  #reduce the deficit  #don't buy the BS 

    Priorities USA ad: Romney’s fuzzy math on jobs he supposedly created at Bain — This may seem like a “gotcha” gimmick, mocking Romney for his evolving I-once-caught-a-fish-this-big style of job-creation estimates, but it’s actually a very serious point.Indeed, Romney’s single most important claim as a candidate for the presidency is that he, during his private-sector career, was a “job creator.” If this isn’t true, his rationale for national office crumbles. And when a person making a bold claim can’t keep his story straight, it’s generally a strong hint that the claim is dubious. Bill Burton, a senior strategist at Priorities USA Action, told me this morning, “If [Romney] just released an accounting of the jobs gained and the jobs lost when he was at Bain, he could clear this whole controversy right up.” –Steve Benen

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 2 years ago
    #mitt romney  #lol  #fuzzy math  #lies  #politics  #news  #republicans  #bain capital  #job creator  #job destroyer 
    Budgeting lies — Romney economics vs. Obama economics and reducing the deficit →

    “I actually lay out a plan to get us to a balanced budget within eight years.” Mitt Romney to Mark Halperin  Uh. NoGreg Sargent: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has taken a close look at this question. It has determined that relative to current policy — that is, if you keep the Bush tax cuts in place, as Romney wants to do — Romney’s tax cutting plans would increase the deficit by nearly $5 trillion over 10 years. That’s on top of keeping the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Romney has promised to close various loopholes to pay for his tax cuts, but he hasn’t specified which ones. Until he does, the Tax Policy Center concludes, his plan would cost $5 trillion — which would be added, yes, to the deficit. […] Bottom line: relative to current policy, Obama’s plan would reduce the deficit by bringing in $180 billion or more in revenues a year, or approximately $2 trillion over 10 years; Romeny’s plan would increase the deficit by nearly $500 billion a year — $5 trillion over ten years. The Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams summed it up perfectly in a quote to me: “The bottom line is that whatever baseline you use, until Romney makes good on his promise to pay for his tax cuts, he would increase the deficit far more than Obama would.” – Bob Cesca

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #lies  #mitt romney  #increase the deficit  #president obama  #decrease the deficit  #republicans  #democrats  #class warfare  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #austerity for the rest of us 
    Romney economics: fire people for the simple crime of working in government
NOTE TO ALL GOVERNMENT WORKERS: Mitt Romney hates you.
Jed Lewison points out the alarmingly stupid lie that Mitt Romney told his audience in Craig, Colorado last week:


That stimulus he put in place, it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs, and the one place we should have cut back was on government jobs. We have a 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work!

Mitt Romney’s 145,000 claim isn’t accurate, but even if it were, it’s amazing that Romney believes firing tens of thousands of Americans would be good for the economy. The way Romney puts it, firing public sector workers would create jobs in the private sector, but that’s nonsense. The economy isn’t zero-sum game: You don’t need to fire someone to create a job. In fact, every time someone loses their job, no matter whether they are in the private or public sector, the economy as a whole takes a hit.
But Romney’s crazy economic theory is not even grounded in reality—under Obama, public sector employment has dropped, while private sector employment has grown. Obama signed the stimulus in February of 2009. Since then, public sector employment has dropped by 608,000.Private sector employment, meanwhile, has increased by 760,000. Even if you just look at federal employment (which is but a small fraction of the overall public sector workforce), only 26,000 jobs have been added, a slower pace of growth than in the private sector.

Just as Paul Krugman recently said, Obama’s actually “been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer:”

Just over three years into Reagan’s first term, government jobs grew by 3.1 percent; at the same time during Obama’s tenure, they’ve been cut by 2.7 percent. Hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs have been shed in recent years. Government jobs also grew under President George W. Bush, which helped keep unemployment down during most of his two terms. “After there was a recession under Ronald Reagan, government employment went way up. It went up after the recessions under the first George Bush and the second George Bush.”

FACT: The only time government employment has gone DOWN during a recession has been under Obama.
Romney is using the old “Republican Strategy” on the GOP’s working class, trailer park dwelling base voters — all of whom have been conditioned to believe that if others have something they don’t (like a job with a living wage), it’s because those ‘others’ have taken something away from them personally. How else are you going to justify to people who will never be rich, who are living paycheck to paycheck, that the wealthiest need more money and they will need to get by on less?
It would seem Romney has some kind of personal vendetta for public sector workers. Mitt’s worth about $250 million and has said federal workers make more than him. Despite all of this, how many working and middle class conservatives will vote for him anyway? (ALL of them.)

    Romney economics: fire people for the simple crime of working in government

    NOTE TO ALL GOVERNMENT WORKERS: Mitt Romney hates you.

    Jed Lewison points out the alarmingly stupid lie that Mitt Romney told his audience in Craig, Colorado last week:

    That stimulus he put in place, it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs, and the one place we should have cut back was on government jobs. We have a 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work!

    Mitt Romney’s 145,000 claim isn’t accurate, but even if it were, it’s amazing that Romney believes firing tens of thousands of Americans would be good for the economy. The way Romney puts it, firing public sector workers would create jobs in the private sector, but that’s nonsense. The economy isn’t zero-sum game: You don’t need to fire someone to create a job. In fact, every time someone loses their job, no matter whether they are in the private or public sector, the economy as a whole takes a hit.

    But Romney’s crazy economic theory is not even grounded in reality—under Obama, public sector employment has dropped, while private sector employment has grown. Obama signed the stimulus in February of 2009. Since then, public sector employment has dropped by 608,000.Private sector employment, meanwhile, has increased by 760,000. Even if you just look at federal employment (which is but a small fraction of the overall public sector workforce), only 26,000 jobs have been added, a slower pace of growth than in the private sector.

    Just as Paul Krugman recently said, Obama’s actually “been the one who’s been doing what Republicans say is the right answer:”

    Just over three years into Reagan’s first term, government jobs grew by 3.1 percent; at the same time during Obama’s tenure, they’ve been cut by 2.7 percent. Hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs have been shed in recent years. Government jobs also grew under President George W. Bush, which helped keep unemployment down during most of his two terms. “After there was a recession under Ronald Reagan, government employment went way up. It went up after the recessions under the first George Bush and the second George Bush.”

    FACT: The only time government employment has gone DOWN during a recession has been under Obama.

    Romney is using the old “Republican Strategy” on the GOP’s working class, trailer park dwelling base voters — all of whom have been conditioned to believe that if others have something they don’t (like a job with a living wage), it’s because those ‘others’ have taken something away from them personally. How else are you going to justify to people who will never be rich, who are living paycheck to paycheck, that the wealthiest need more money and they will need to get by on less?

    It would seem Romney has some kind of personal vendetta for public sector workers. Mitt’s worth about $250 million and has said federal workers make more than him. Despite all of this, how many working and middle class conservatives will vote for him anyway? (ALL of them.)

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #d President Obama  #Mitt Romney  #jobs  #employment  #stimulus  #federal employees  #lies  #federal employment  #civil servants  #federal workers  #running government like a business  #private sector  #liar  #government employees  #government workers  #public sector  #The Republican Strategy  #bain capital  #vulture capitalism  #mitt romney hates you  #craig colorado 
    Mitt Romney’s bid to become liar-in-chief →

    “When challenged about an untruthful statement, Romney’s tactic is to deny he said it – lie trumping lie.”

    Michael Cohen summarizes the lies which Romney has been repeatedly called out for, yet he continues to use:

    President Obama:

    • “My personal favorite in Romney’s cavalcade of untruths is his repeated assertion that President Obama has apologized for America. […] President Obama never went around the world and apologized for America – and yet, even after multiple news organizations have pointed out this is a “pants on fire” lie, Romney keeps making it. Indeed, the “Obama apology tour”, along with the president bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, are practically the lodestars of the GOP’s criticism of Obama’s foreign policy performance (the Saudi thing isn’t true either).”

    The stimulus / private-sector / public-sector jobs:

    • “According to Romney, “that stimulus didn’t put more private-sector people to work.” While one can quibble over whether the stimulus went far enough, the idea that it didn’t create private-sector jobs has no relationship to reality. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus bill created more than 3m jobs – a view shared by 80% of economists polled by the Chicago Booth School of Business (only 4% disagree).”
    • “Romney also likes to argue that the stimulus didn’t help private-sector job growth, but rather helped preserve government jobs. In fact, the Obama years have been witness to massive cuts in government employment. While the private sector is not necessarily “doing fine”, as Obama said in a recent White House press conference, it’s doing a heck of a lot better than the public sector.”

    Taxes:

    Auto bailout:

    Obamacare / Affordable Care Act:

    • “Then, there is the recent Romney nugget that the Obama administration passed Obamacare with the full knowledge that it “would slow down the economic recovery in this country” and that the White House “knew that before they passed it”. It’s an argument so clearly spun from whole cloth that according to Jonathan Chait, the acerbic political columnist for New York Magazine, Romney is “Just Making Stuff Up Now”.”
    • “Also of Obamacare, Romney has said that it will lead to the government taking over 50% of the economy (not true) – its true cost can’t be computed (that’s why we have a Congressional Budget Office in the United States); that it will create to “a massive European-style entitlement” (many liberals wish this were true, but alas, it is not); and that it will lead to a government-run healthcare system (a lie so pervasive that it’s practically become shorthand for Republicans – yet it too, like the infamous made-up death panels of the health care debate, is simply not accurate).”

    Why does Romney lie? Cohen explains: “The lying from the Romney campaign is so out-of-control that Steve Benen, a blogger and producer for the Rachel Maddow showcompiles a weekly list of “Mitt’s Mendacity” that is chockfull of new untruths. […] Romney has figured out a loophole – one can lie over and over, and those lies quickly become part of the political narrative, practically immune to “fact-checking”. Ironically, the more Romney lies, the harder it then becomes to correct the record. Even if an enterprising reporter can knock down two or three falsehoods, there are still so many more that slip past. […] As… Steve Benen told me: ‘Romney gets away with it because he and his team realize contemporary political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a candidate who lies this much, about so many topics, so often.’

    “Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.”

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #class war  #economy  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #affordable care act  #apologized for america  #auto bailout  #GOP  #he lies because he can  #jobs  #let detroit go bankrupt  #liar  #liar in chief  #lies  #lower under obama  #lying  #michael cohen  #Mitt Romney  #mitt's mendacity  #obama apology tour  #obamacare  #President Obama  #private sector  #public sector  #Republicans  #steve benen