They're saying Mitt won the first presidential debate, and I have to agree. He came across as stronger, more dynamic, and surprisingly non-robotic. We saw the highly-anticipated zingers, I guess, if you count "trickle-down government" and "where you put your money tells us about you." And he was better at bullying Jim Lehrer. But I think one of the keys to Romney's success was to say what he thinks we want to hear and gloss over the truth ... as usual.
"I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for." Buh-bye mom voters! Okay, that's kind of a giant leap there, borrowing from China to pay for Sesame Street. We're not actually doing that, and the amount the government actually contributes to public television is infinitesimal in the context of the big picture. But conservatives love to bash it anyway. I think this one is already biting Mitt in the ass thanks to the hilarious Twitter backlash. And have you seen Suzanne Murray's hilarious new Romney Sesame Street theme song?
"I like good schools ... I'm not going to cut education spending. I don't have a plan to cut education spending." Really? He told donors he does plan to cut education spending just this spring. Plus, the Romney-approved House budget drops 200,000 children from Head Start and other program, cuts 27,000 special ed teachers, and cuts 38,000 teachers and aides from underprivileged schools.
"We’re a nation that believes we’re all children of the same God." First of all, no we're not. America is increasingly diverse not only ethnically but also religiously. Many of us don't even believe in God! And those who do don't all believe in the same God ... exactly. I've said it before and I'll say it again. There may be significant values and beliefs shared by Mormons and other Christian sects, but the actual theology behind the godhead for each is radically different. Freedom of religion, anyone?
On Simpson-Bowles: "The President should have grabbed that." But when Lehrer asked Romney if he would support the deficit-cutting plan himself the answer was a very round-about "no." Okay ... so Obama should have supported the bill even though you wouldn't? That's So Romney!
Obamacare "puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have." OMG, death panels, again?!? That's a straight-up lie. The Independent Payment Advisory Board explicitly does not have that power.
What did you think of these quotes by Romney?
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