Editorial: Some of Romney’s debate statements also inaccurate

Editorial Board

Picking up where we left off Monday, after addressing some of President Barack Obama’s falsehoods during last week’s debate, we now turn to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

While Obama was misleading in his statements about Romney’s tax plan — claiming that on top of the Bush tax cuts it would amount to a $5 trillion dollar cut — ironically Romney hasn’t been forthcoming about it either.

Romney said: “My number one principle is: There will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit…I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans…I will lower taxes on middle-income families.” That’s all well and good, except not once has Romney actually explained how it will all work. What little of Romney’s plan that he’s revealed is impossible.

Obama misleadingly used a nonpartisan report from the Tax Policy Center to attack Romney’s nonplan. In rebuttal Romney said: “There are six other studies that looked at the study you describe and say it’s completely wrong.”

These other “studies” are utter nonsense. They amount to nothing more than blogs, columns and a paper written by the Romney campaign itself. The only “study” not performed by a Romney supporter was written by a former Bush adviser.

On the issue of health care, Romney said many times that the Independent Payment Advisory Board — the so-called Obamacare “death panel” — was “going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have.” According to the very law itself, this is completely false: It will find ways to decrease spending only in Medicare. While the advisory board might indeed make binding recommendations to reduce Medicare expenditures, Congress can still override them by a three-fifths vote.

Incidentally, New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were the first people to use the term “death panel.” This term and its supposed definition was voted as PolitiFact and FactCheck.org’s biggest lie of 2009. Romney continues its use in 2012.

Attacking Obama’s record on the deficit, Romney claimed: “The president said he’d cut the deficit in half. Unfortunately, he doubled it. Trillion dollar deficits for the last four years.” This is half truth, half lie.

Obama did say he’d halve deficit, and he has absolutely failed. In fiscal year 2009, when Obama took office, the Congressional Budget Office said the budget would end with a $1.2 trillion deficit, but Obama added only $203 billion to that number at the end of the year. Deficits remained at approximately $1.3 trillion for the next couple years, and this year are projected to end less than where Obama began.

As we said yesterday, our only regret is that we don’t have more space to reveal these lies, half-truths, and misleading statements; we could definitely keep going. But the bottom line is, the candidates have lied to you, and we encourage you to do your duty as citizens to investigate their nonsense.