An article in today’s L.A. Times dissects Willard Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, saying that he left out key facts, once again shining a bright light on his hypocrisy and consistent lack of honesty. Surprise!
Willard’s lying by omission dovetails perfectly with all those other lies that have been documented… so far.
Mitt, meet exposure:
But Romney’s telling omits key facts that clash with the agenda of his campaign for president:
• The Legislature overrode most of Romney’s spending vetoes.
• State spending rose by 22% on Romney’s watch, nearly double the rate of inflation.
• Romney increased corporate taxes and state fees by $750 million a year, outstripping his tax cuts.
About those vetoes… Here’s how he used them, making it clear what the priorities are in the Land of Mitt-believe:
He reduced allocations for state police and local sheriff’s departments. He deleted spending on suicide prevention, emergency food aid, job training, higher education, treatment for gambling addiction and services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. [...]
Just before Thanksgiving, plans for Romney cuts targeting the homeless, mentally ill, deaf, autistic and others led to a blast of bad publicity. Fearing it could get worse, Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s communications director, asked the governor’s budget team whether the Goodwill hall where Romney planned to serve turkey to the needy might be facing cuts.
As usual, it’s all about appearances, facades. Can’t let the gov look bad by serving turkey to the very people he was screwing over, right Eric “Etch A Sketch” Fehrnstrom?
And then there were Romney’s not-so-major tax cuts. They included things like a deduction for fire sprinkler installations and a weekend reprieve from the state’s 5% sales tax. Again, all show and no go.
David Tuerck, director of Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative think tank, called the tax breaks “fluff” and said, “This is all smoke and mirrors.”
Looks like he summed up the Romney campaign perfectly.