"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
-Oscar Wilde
Brilliant at Breakfast title banner "The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
"...you have a choice: be a fighting liberal or sit quietly. I know what I am, what are you?" -- Steve Gilliard, 1964 - 2007

"For straight up monster-stomping goodness, nothing makes smoke shoot out my ears like Brilliant@Breakfast" -- Tata

"...the best bleacher bum since Pete Axthelm" -- Randy K.

"I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum." -- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (1954-2015), They Live
Friday, April 20, 2012

The Many Lies of Mitt Romney - First in a Series
Posted by Jill | 5:51 AM
It's already become crystal clear that Mitt Romney is a serial, pathrological liar. He lies about things he used to believe, he lies about his background, he lies about what he wants to do with this country, and he lies about other people. He doesn't "misspeak", he doesn't present "alternative facts", he doesn't "make mistakes."

He lies. Loudly and often.

So let's call him what he is -- a liar -- and start documenting them as they come.

Now he's trying to spin the fact that he refuses to release more than tax returns with the "Well, Johnny did it" schoolboy excuse, claiming that John Kerry only released two years of tax returns when he was running for president.

It makes sense for Romney to make this claim. After all, John Kerry is also extremely wealthy through his wife, who was the widow of hot dog condiment heir John Heinz. He's also been vilified on the right for being one of those "elites" that the people in rural Tennessee loathe -- those people whose houses need new roofs, who have old cars up on blocks in their yards, whose jobs have been exported by guys like Mitt Romney, and who still think Republicans will make them rich. Kerry does have an effeteness that taps into the loathing of the Republican base. So lying about John Kerry is a nice fat dogwhistle.

The problem is that what Romney said about John Kerry's taxes is just not true. It's....


Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times:
>George Romney released 12 years of income tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. George Romney’s son, Mitt, plans to release just two, so his campaign’s looking outside the family for precedent.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman, told The Huffington Post: “John Kerry released two years.” In a CNBC interview with Larry Kudlow on Tuesday night, Mr. Romney said: “John Kerry released two years of taxes…I’ve released one already, put the estimate out for the next year. We’ll have two years of taxes.”

There’s a slight problem with this claim: It’s not accurate.

As the Huffington Post notes, Mr. Kerry made a habit of releasing tax returns to the Massachusetts press during his senate campaigns. In 1996 and 1997, for instance, The Boston Globe ran stories on Mr. Kerry’s returns. During his 2004 presidential campaign, it looks as though Mr. Kerry released tax returns for the years 1999 to 2003.

Whatever the precise number (a Washington Post editorial from January of this year said “John F. Kerry released 10 years’ worth of tax returns”), it was more than two. The Romney campaign, however, has yet to acknowledge this fact. They refused to answer direct questions about whether they will continue using the two-year figure.

Of course they'll continue using it. Because Mitt Romney is a sleazy liar.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share
Anonymous Anonymous said...
So, Kerry's "effete"? Well, let's not forget "Mr. Effete" won a Bronze Star fighting in Vietnam, whereas during the same period of time, Romney was hiding out from the draft in France...

Blogger New York Crank said...
Attaway! I think all of us have been far too polite with the Republicans.

Call 'em what they are. Liars. Trickers, Robbers of the middle class and the poor.

Rinse and repeat until the first Tuesday in November.

Yours most crankily,
The New York Crank

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thank you for calling the adult underwear model what he is:
Mitt, King of Mendacity
The Mendacious Mitt
The Audacity and Mendacity of Mitt!

Blogger Bokiluis said...
Thank you for finally calling mitt who is:

Mitt, King of Mendacity
Mendacious Mitt
Mitt the Master of Mendacity