Posted November 19, 2012 | comments 22 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Romney's alleged lies and flip-flopping


I have noticed several comments in the Northern Virginia Daily about Mitt Romney's lies. I have not seen a lot of examples of his alleged lies.

Much also has been written about Romney changing his positions. I have been watching him closely for a year now, and I haven't seen much change in his positions. It is not uncommon for politicians to evolve, even change their positions over time. Sometimes this is a good thing. It doesn't necessarily show that he "flip-flops," or that he is dishonest. On the contrary, it may show that he is honest, and has the courage to admit that he was wrong on a topic, and his positions have changed to reflect his updated knowledge on the subject.

I find it interesting that some write of Romney's alleged lies, as if Obama is like George Washington, who "could not tell a lie." Don't forget that Obama's position on same-sex marriage "evolved" for a long time before he finally decided he was in favor of it. And, we certainly must not forget his numerous broken promises, most painfully on the economy and jobs. Finally, it's impossible to forget his lies about the Benghazi tragedy. Facts surface daily about that one, and who knows just how deeply involved he is in a tragedy that he repeatedly said was the result of an anti-Muslim film. Do those who write about Romney's lies hope that, in pointing out Romney's alleged lies, we will be made to forget about Obama's lies?

L. John Bost, Strasburg


    "I have not seen a lot of examples of his alleged lies."

    Thank you, thank you, Mr. Bost...I enjoy a good joke! Priceless!

    RALEIGH – On the ABC network’s Sunday morning political talk show “This Week,” former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said in a roundtable discussion that Mitt Romney’s statements after losing the Presidential election were “nuts.”

    In a phone call to donors, Romney said after losing the election to President Barack Obama that Obama won because he made political “gifts” to certain minorities, who Romney said voted for Obama and provided him with the win.

    “What the…President’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” said Romney in a comment made after the election.

    On ABC’s “This Week,” the producers also aired a video clip with a comment by Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who was critical of Romney’s statement.

    “If you want voters to like you, the first thing you’ve got to do is to like them first,” said Jindal in the clip. “And it’s certainly not helpful to tell voters that you think their votes were bought. This is completely not helpful. This is not where the Republican Party needs to go.”

    After the clips aired, Newt Gingrich and conservative political commentator George Will derided Romney’s comments in a discussion at the end of the show.

    “I just think it’s nuts,” said Gingrich. “I mean — I mean, first of all, it’s insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”

    George Will also criticized Romney for his comment.

    “It’s been well said that you have a political problem when the voters don’t like you, but you’ve got a real problem when the voters think you don’t like them,” commented Will. “And that is — Mitt Romney was picking up the theme he improvidently put before the country and inadvertently with his 47 percent video during the campaign.”

    Will added that while Romney was critical of people on low incomes who did not pay taxes, he said that some of those people were not paying taxes because of Republican programs.

    “Quit despising the American people, particularly because a lot of what they’re despising them for are Republican policies,” said Will. “When Mitt Romney said, ‘So many Americans aren’t paying taxes,’ yeah, because the Republicans doubled the child tax credit for conservative reasons, yes, because they expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, as Ronald Reagan did, because they thought it was an effective anti-poverty program.”

    http://raleightelegram.com/201211184089 November 18th, 2012.

    as much as mr. bost rambled "pre-election" i would have thought you would have paid more attention. must be those GOP BLINDERS. here is some news for you......it's over, finished, old news....put a fork in it.

    Mr. Bost, Not a Romney fan here.
    But you are "entitled" to your opinion.
    After all, you "have been watching closely for a year now".

    Just to be safe, you should get your vision checked . There seems to be a need for visual aids.

    Mr. Bost, if you failed to notice Weather Vane Romney shifting in the wind, I dare say you are tuned out. Even some of the Republicans were getting confused by him. Few wanted this man to be their candidate and they were right!

    On that third and last debate, Romney was actually repeating Obama's foreign policies as his own, almost word for word! And it was very scary to witness this human chameleon changing right before your eyes: millions of people observed this performance. Where were you?

    Sunday's political programs rehashed Romney's failures and inability to "connect" with real Americans. Newt Gingrich and George Will (as Jane8 mentioned) clearly pointed out this man's flaws. I was watching too! The Republicans will either revamp and get with the times or remain covered in cobwebs.

    Apparently you don't look to hard for Romney's lies and distortions Mr Bost. Here's a list of some of them for you.


    Mr. Bost, If you had listened to the Republican debates and then heard the other candidates' comments regarding Romney on the different talk shows, you would have heard the real truth about this man and the reasons why many, many Americans did not vote for him. It did not take a mind reader to see through Romney's facade. He wanted the presidency so bad that he would have done anything and said anything. His goal in seeking that position was not for the good of the American people; after all, he admitted that it was his wife and oldest son who talked him into running this second time. They would have been a real trip in the WH, criticizing the media and anyone who spoke against him. Obama is president AGAIN, like it or not, maybe the Republicans will start focusing on working for the people instead of campaigning against him now.

    Re Romney, no other presidential candidate has racked up unfavorable ratings this high during a campaign, according to a Pew Survey.

    And now....

    “Peanut allergies are epidemic and we’ve nominated Mr. Planter.” ~ Fred Thompson

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) showed no sympathy for Mitt Romney on Sunday, blasting the 2012 GOP presidential candidate's comment that President Barack Obama's "gifts" to certain groups sealed his fate. “We’re in a big hole,” said Graham in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press." “We’re not getting out of it by comments like that. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging."

    "That unfortunately is what sets us back as a party, our comments that are not thought through carefully,"... ~ New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave an interview highlighting his issues with Romney’s belief. “I don’t want to rebut him point by point. I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work,” Rubio said. “I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.”

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is set to become chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said. "We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent. We need to go after every single vote. ... So I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think it's absolutely wrong. I don't think that represents where we are as a party, where we're going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election."

    Also Jindal (Fox News)

    "We also don't need to be saying stupid things," Gov. Jindal said, referring to controversial comments on abortion by failed GOP Senate candidates Todd Akinand Richard Mourdock (neither of whom did Romney roundly reject). "Look, we had candidates in Indian and Missouri that said offensive things that not only hurt themselves and lost us two Senate seats but also hurt the Republican Party across the board."

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave an interview highlighting his issues with Romney’s belief. “I don’t want to rebut him point by point. I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work,” Rubio said. “I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.”

    Standard "Oh look another Teabilly FOS as usual" response held for blog owner.

      Blog owner viewing a post of mine too, Katybug.

        I think the paper handled this letter late, that or someone is coo coo for cocoa puffs because it hardly matters at this point if Romney was Mr. "I can not tell a truth" or not.

        Ironically, I've been following a "conspiracy theory" that Anonymous (the ultra elite hacker group) saved the election from Karl Rove and prevented a breech in the firewall of Cuyahoga County Ohio''s voting tabulation. Thus the disbelieving breakdown he had on the Spews election night. *wishful thinking that such a tale would be true*

        Then again maybe I just spent too much time this election cycle dealing with nutters and I'm going coo coo myself!

    What's up with all the "held for approval by the blog owner"? Is the sand box in need of cleaning?

    Ahh - Haa.... my comment was held because I included a working weblink URL.

    Lets try this version.... you'll know what to do next

    dubya dubya dubya dot mittromneyliestotheteabillies dot blogspot dot com

    Bost: By saying Obama lies just as much as Romney is tantamount to comparing a candle against a bonfire. Have you no regard for your credibility? Thank you for removing any lingering doubt alleging you may possess a shred of sanity. From this point in time onward, this reputation will precede you.

    Bost, for your leisurely reading pleasure and inspection I submit a list of 923 Romney lies recorded since January 2012. These 923 lies were not pulled off a campaign flyer. They came straight from Romney's mouth, unedited, uncensored. This is compelling evidence Romney will change any position, tell any lie, rapidly "evolving" like flatulence in a whirlwind.

    Here is the latest list of searchable lies listed chronologically with comments and reference source weblinks.

    Read'em and weap.

    For your viewing please, Mr. Bost.


    N.B. Notice that Romney swallows very hard after saying that he does not have lobbyists running his campaign, I don't have lobbyist that are (oops) tied...


    I'm aghast someone would write such a letter. You'd have to live on Mars to not know the lies, distortions, and flip flopping from Romney. I really think Bost is just trying to get a reaction. No one could be so clueless.

      You are right, of course. But it is entertainment at this point, right?

      Although the Republicans NEVER learn:

      "News from The Hill:
      100 Republicans sign letter urging Obama not to nominate Rice for Secretary of State"

      Sad how they are drowning this country.

    Looking at the news (Brian Williams) tonight, my pride swelled! I spent three years in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and actually met Aung San Suu Kyi (actually have a picture of her and I). My first year in Myanmar, a Burmese couple took me to the Shwedagon Pagoda--the same that Obama was walking; I went many times thereafter. A great day for Myanmar and a great day for the US. Progress.

    I'm envious Jane8. I've seen a lot of Europe but SE Asia just intrigues me.

      It was one of my favorite tours; I lived within walking distance of Aung San Suu Kyi's home. We were only allowed to travel within a 25 mile radius of Yangoon (Rangoon) without requesting/receiving permission in writing to/from the military government. An hour flight from Thailand, when ex-pats went to Thailand, we would bring chests of meat (beef) packed in ice back with us.

      The only part of Europe I have seen is England; my daughter lived there for nine years. Would love to take a trip and show my husband all the places I have seen, esp Bloody Tower--eerie.

    In 1967, I went to Bangkok for a week on R&R from Vietnam. Beautiful country, wonderful culture, nice people, and great food. One of my most vivid memories is of the Golden Buddha.

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