Why Bother With the Truth When The Non-Truth Tells a Better Story
To listen to the Fact Checkers Mitt Romney is the pitiful victim of lies. Those who oppose Mr. Romney regularly get fact checked and get the highest rating for a false or misleading statement. Mr. Romney is allowed to make all the false and misleading statements he wants, and when the Fact Checkers do on a few occasions call him on them, well, they turn out not be all that bad, are they.
Jared Bernstein currently has the latest in which Mr. Romney makes wrong kind of false statement, that is, a false statement that can actually be verified or not verified.
When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted that federal low-income programs are administered so inefficiently that “very little of the money that’s actually needed by those that really need help, those that can’t care for themselves, actually reaches them,” my colleagues at the CBPP got to work on this graph.
See it is general knowledge that regardless how effective or ineffective federal programs are, they are not burdened with excessive administration costs. One reason why privatizing Medicare and Social Security is such a terrible idea is that the administrative costs would rise tremendously, which of course is also the reason why those in the private sector who would administer the programs want to privatize them.
Just don’t expect the Romney camp to issue a correction, see they are only against false statements when those statements are used against them. The rules as they see it are that false statements are perfectly acceptable as long as they are the ones speaking them.