LIes and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Part MMCMXXLIV
What is it with Republicans and their utter inability to tell the truth? Throughout the campaign we've heard candidate after candidate tell the most amazing whoppers, culminating in Paul Ryan's fact-free speech at the GOP convention. But no one can touch Mitt Romney in this regard; indeed, Romney lies so much, blogger Steve Benen has taken to chronicling them weekly -- so far he's up to 533 in 30 weeks.
And so it went in the first presidential debate. As President Obama discovered, it's difficult to counter an opponent so unhooked from the truth. Romney lied about Medicare, education, Obamacare, and his own tax plan, among many other issues. Savvy viewers could spot those lies a mile away -- like the supposed $716 billion cut in Medicare, a lie debunked repeatedly -- but those who aren't riveted to politics might be more easily swayed. That's why it's critical for each one of us to share the facts with our friends and neighbors whenever we can, whether it's chatting in line at the grocery store or spreading the news on Facebook. After all, to paraphrase a familiar source, then they will know the truth, and the truth will set us free ... from backward Republican policies.