Before we get into all of this nonsense and highlight the serial dishonesty of Mitt Romney – remember what he said recently. We wrote about this HERE:
“You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad. They were embarrassed. Today, they just blast ahead. You know, the various fact checkers look at some of these charges in the Obama ads and they say that they’re wrong, and inaccurate, and yet he just keeps on running them.”
So he’s saying – if fact checkers say an ad is dishonest … politicians should PULL the ad. Got it? Now – for the past month – fact checkers have been denouncing Romney’s last welfare ad as a “Pants on Fire” lie; the ads aren’t very different. So – not only did Romney not pull down his first ad – he put out a 2nd round of lies.
Greg Sargent points out HERE:
Politifact Virginia — a joint venture of Politifact and the Times Dispatch itself —debunked this claim as false at the beginning of the month, when it was made by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:
McDonnell said the Obama administration is “unwinding” welfare-to-work requirements.
But a new Obama program does not end welfare-to-work mandates. To the contrary, it strengthens the requirements by granting waivers to states seeking to make the work requirements more successful. The waivers would be granted to pilot programs that are individually evaluated; HHS is not proposing a blanket national change to welfare law.
We rate McDonnell’s statement False.
The verdict from fact-checkers, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is unanimous: Romney is outright lying about the Obama administration’s change to welfare. Why would Romney continue use the claim if it’s been proven false?
We have THOROUGHLY debunked Romney’s claims that Obama has eliminated work requirements for welfare HERE:
Politifact rates the ad a “Pants on Fire” lie HERE:
That’s a drastic distortion of the planned changes to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. By granting waivers to states, the Obama administration is seeking to make welfare-to-work efforts more successful, not end them. What’s more, the waivers would apply to individually evaluated pilot programs — HHS is not proposing a blanket, national change to welfare law.
The ad tries to connect the dots to reach this zinger: “They just send you your welfare check.” The HHS memo in no way advocates that practice. In fact, it says the new policy is “designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.”
The ad’s claim is not accurate, and it inflames old resentments about able-bodied adults sitting around collecting public assistance. Pants on Fire!
You can find more of Romney’s false ads HERE. The question is and always has been … are voters going to hold this guy accountable for his lies? If he is going to lie so blatantly today as a candidate … what do you think he’s going to do if he becomes president and has actual power?
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