What Will Mitt Romney Be Held Accountable for at Tonight’s Presidential Debate?

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Mitt Romney has been running for one political office or another for some time now but during this political cycle, we’ve gotten to know the real ‘Mitt’.  What I’ve learned this year about Mitt and Ann Romney isn’t pretty in the least.

He’s done everything to win this time from changing his position on any number of ideas to suit whatever political climate, using his wealth and sense of entitlement to try and buy his way into the White House and let’s not forget flat-out lying about any and everything from opponent’s records, his tax returns or any fact on earth.

While there just too many issues for which Romney should be held accountable and forced to answer face to face, I’ve listed a few that I’d like to see President Obama address tonight.

Did I forget to mention he needs to release more tax returns?…

Issue # 1

Mitt Romney said his camp never intentionally ran any false ads saying, “We’ve been absolutely spot-on. And any time there’s anything that’s been a miss we correct it or remove it.”Image

Mitt Romney’s first campaign ad in the 2012 GOP Primary uses footage from Obama’s trip to New Hampshire in 2008. The text on the screen of the ad reads, “On October 16, 2008, Barack Obama visited New Hampshire. He promised he would fix the economy. He failed.”

The video then shows vacated business and foreclosed homes; Obama’s voice is heard saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”  Click here to view ad, Mitt Romney’s Believe In America campaign ad

What the ad doesn’t tell us is that in the speech Obama was actually quoting an aide to his Republican opponent at the time, Sen. John McCain.

Issue # 2

Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama stole billions of dollars from Medicare.  As a matter of fact, on “60 Minutes” Romney said:“There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion, to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare.” Image

The reality is that Obama without shifting the costs on seniors, as the Romney plan would do, saved costs – estimated at $716 billion over 10 years – in three ways:

  • Providing a level playing field between traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage plans that have participated in Medicare since 1985. Medicare Advantage costs, per patient, 14 percent more than traditional Medicare. Obama eliminates this subsidy, the right thing to do.
  • Cuts to hospitals, which agreed because they knew they would have more paying patients and fewer uninsured patients with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion.
  • And, if Congress itself does not act to rein in costs, an Independent Payment Advisory Board, appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, would make recommendations for reducing costs.

It’s not a “rationing board” or “death panel.” The law specifically prohibits the board from recommending policies that ration care, raise taxes, increase premiums or cost-sharing, restrict benefits or modify who is eligible.

Congress could act to assure that Medicare meets spending targets, including voting down the board’s recommendations and proposing its own.

Paul Ryan slammed President Obama for adopting Medicare cuts that were openly supported by Ryan himself.

“The president, I’m told, is talking about Medicare today,” Ryan said. “We want this debate.”

Additionally, Ryan went on to say that “what I don’t think he’ll be telling people is that the president took $716 billion from the Medicare program — he raided it to pay for Obamacare.”

Ryan, like Romney, has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which included $716 billion in savings taken from health care providers, not seniors’ benefits. But unlike Romney, Ryan wrote and passed two Republican budgets that kept the cuts in place.Image

Ironically, Romney pledged to reverse the cuts even as he’s promised to close the entire budget deficit by the end of his second term.

Ryan only referred to the proposed $716 billion cut from Medicare in the context of using the funds to finance the Affordable Care Act. But by claiming in Ohio that the cuts will hurt services to seniors, which the White House strongly denies, Ryan essentially accused himself of doing the same thing twice in his own budgets.

“The president’s campaign says this raid of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, which leads to fewer services for current seniors, is an achievement,” Ryan said. “Do you think raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare is an achievement? Well, neither do I.”

Issue # 3

Mitt Romney created an entire ad campaign saying President Obama revoked the work requirement for welfare which was signed into law by then President Bill Clinton in 1996.  Although the ad was totally debunked by fact-checkers, Romney continues to air the ads anyway and still stands by this lie to this very day.

The truth is, the Obama administration announced in July that states could seek waivers from certain welfare rules, but in doing so they would have to provide ideas for projects and initiatives that would do a better job of increasing employment among welfare recipients. Furthermore, the Obama administration has made it clear that it would not drop requirements for states that failed to promise better work outcomes.

Issue # 4

Romney has said many times that he is going to repeal ACA or ‘Obamacare’ and replace it with a new plan to keep Americans from being uninsured.  I just have a couple of questions for YOU Governor Romney:

  1. Why do you want to replace legislation that was built upon the crowning achievement of the Imagelegislation you passed while Governor of Massachusetts?
  2. After signing into law, legislation that was the building block of the Affordable Care Act, why are you now proposing that Americans without healthcare go to emergency rooms for care?  Isn’t this very principle the reason for soaring healthcare costs today?

In an analysis from the Commonwealth Fund, Romney’s new plan would actually leave 72 million Americans uninsured.  That’s 12 million more uninsured Americans than before the ACA became the law of the land!

Issue # 5

While running on his experience as a ‘businessman’, Romney claimed to have created over 100,000 private sector jobs as the CEO of Bain.  Fact-checkers have since called this jobs claim of Romney’s as ‘untenable’.

According to the Washington Post, “We were able to help create over 100,000 jobs. On the president’s watch, about 100,000 jobs were lost in the auto industry and auto dealers and auto manufacturers, so he’s hardly one to point a finger.” — Mitt Romney, interview on Hot Air,May 16, 2011

The 100,000 jobs is back! The presumptive GOP nominee all but stopped mentioning he created 100,000 in the private sector after we declared in January that claim was untenable and unproven. The biggest problem is that Romney is counting all the jobs added by companies long after he had left the leadership of Bain Capital — and even after Bain’s investment in the companies had ended.

In the Hot Air interview, Romney even made this claim while at the same time arguing that a recent Obama campaign commercial slamming the job losses at a particular Bain investment was unfair because “the steel factory closed down two years after I left Bain Capital. I was no longer there, so that’s hardly something which is on my watch.” (Technically, Romney had not completely extricated himself from Bain but that’s another story.)

The logic there escapes us. Romney appears to be saying it is okay to count jobs created after he left Bain, but it’s not okay to count jobs lost after he left Bain.

As we have said, Romney “certainly has a good story to tell about knowing how to manage a business, spotting opportunities and understanding high finance.” But if he wants to wall off companies that failed after he stopped managing Bain, he also has to stop counting jobs created after he left Bain.

Romney also said he left Bain Capital in 1999 however his sec filings show that he was listed as the CEO and ‘Sole Stakeholder’ in the company for three years after he claims he had no involvement with managing the company.

There’s a good reason why Romney wants to distance himself from Bain after 1999.  It was the three years after 1999 that Bain Capital laid-off thousands of American workers while Mitt Romney made millions and American jobs were shipped overseas.

Issue # 6

Mitt Romney further claims the President Obama’s Stimulus Plan created zero jobs when in fact according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Stimulus Plan create as much as 3.3 million jobs!  These are irrefutable fact that Romney still refuses to acknowledge even today.

Issue # 7

Let’s not forget Mitt Romney’s most recently secretly recorded comments he made while addressing a crowd of wealthy donors at a whopping $50,000 a plate fundraiser.  At the fundraiser with fellow 1% Americans, he said, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what.  All right, there 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, and so my job is not to worry about those people.  I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The latest NBC News/”Wall Street Journal” poll shows just 23 percent of likely voters say Romney`s comments made them think more positively about the candidate, 45 percent said it made them feel more negatively about Mitt Romney. Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie says the Republican nominee is expecting the 47 percent remark to come up in tomorrow`s debate and is prepared to answer it and to address it. We believe the voters will see and appreciate the fact that what Governor Romney`s talking about would improve the quality of life for 100 percent of Americans.

I’m not going to lecture you on how you should vote however Governor Romney has made it painfully honest whose interest he’ll look out for if elected President in November.  Many people are basing their vote on the color or President Obama’s skin regardless if he is fighting to give those very same people a fair shot in America.

Republicans have used every dirty trick in the book to manipulate they white base, from racial undertones, voter suppression, obstructing government and outright lies. What makes me so proud of our President is that in spite of all of these tricks, he has still managed to make positive changes in his 1st term.  He is the first President in modern history to pass comprehensive healthcare legislation.

The bill President Obama first signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Act guaranteed that women will receive equal pay for equal work compared to their male counterparts.  This is a bill that Romney’s camp had no knowledge of when asked during an interview.

If President Obama was successful with all of the obstacles he’s faced these last 3 ½, imagine what he can achieve with 4 more years and a Congress ready and will go govern the people.

You have a tough choice America; you have to cast your vote to decide which path is the right path for our country.  I pray you make the right decision.

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