Is Mitt Romney making a bold a prediction?

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Mitt Romney is saying that the unemployment rate will be below 6% by the end of his first term should he be elected President. Of course, based on President Obama’s policies – the Congressional Budget Office is already predicting unemployment to be around 6% by 2016 – so Romney’s claim isn’t all that bold.

Not only that – the numbers don’t add up since Romney has given a glowing endorsement of the Republican budget – which according to the Economic Policy Institute will kill 4.1 million American jobs. I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again – the only way Mitt Romney can win the White House is by lying.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 9:59 am


Duh. There is no question that the election ads and spin will be a fabric of lies with grains of truth and a narrative credibility easy to ridicule as fantastic. And, they will work if we don't do more of the epistemological work you have done about messaging and our minds.

The question of Mitt as Liar is settled if the standard is about some consistency and respect for one's own contradictions. Mr. EtchASketch cannot be dismissed as honest everytime a particular sketch is made. Even a robot or actor would know that Romney has huge contradictions in his record and not try to pretend that we should believe the current version at "face value." The experts remind us that his eyes do not laugh with his mouth and orthidonics. We know that he makes earnest claims about Obama that are distortions at best, so being that ignorant or stupid does not make him honest.

And, Romney is a clutz who keeps reminding us how disconnected he is. If he keeps speaking the Wall St. Biz School economic professional line, he shows that he is programmed for consistency in this one area. The Ken Doll of Wall St. fakes charm so we will like him and buy his act. He wants the verification of the Presidency but finds the process demeaning. How dare we criticize how he turned wealth into fabulous wealth! How horrible to be the object of envy and jealousy!

What I worry about is that the political dogma of "the stupid economy" will continue to shape the reporting and the analysis until it becomes its own fulfilled prophecy. Unless we were able to address the serious economic issues instead of the superficial diversions that plague the "news" today, "the economy" can be spun and parsed to serve propaganda and ads too effectively to ignore.

This is why I want us focused more on democracy and how to have it. We need a bigger narrative and vision to make sense of voting for Obama and place Romney in context. That bigger narrative may undermine fan loyalty to Obama, and it will include people who have been kept out of the story on the Left. It will also be a morally resonant story, not just criticism of all that has gone wrong, but a reason to believe in getting it right. We have to get beyond entropy, at least in anticipation.

Apr. 26, 2012 11:15 am

Yep, and Obama promised that if his stimulus passed, unemployment would not go beyond 8%. But don't expect his deciples in the media to call him on it.

rigel1's picture
Jan. 31, 2011 6:49 am
But don't expect his deciples in the media to call him on it.
Now, this, I don't get. The unemployment figures are in the news every day, every night, day after day. Who are these "desciples in the media" who are ignoring the figures?

Art's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

U.S. Real Unemployment 42%!!!

Guest Post: Illusion Of Recovery - Feelings Versus Facts
6 February 2012
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)

There are 242 million working age Americans. Only 142 million Americans are working.

That means 100 million working age Americans (41.5%) are not working.;topicseen Of course Romney can get it down to 6%, cuz Americans will either be in the employ of combat fighting the New World Order's invasion under his Presidency or they will be dead if the NWO is successful.

antikakistocrat's picture
Apr. 18, 2012 2:41 pm

I am beginning to understand why it is call "prisonplanet", all the faithful there are locked in a mental prison of paranoia.

WorkerBee's picture
Apr. 28, 2012 11:22 am

Where is Donald Trump's Worldview Leading Us?

I want to step back a little from the constant strum of the latest Trump scandal to the most recent outrage, the Trump constantly popping into the news literally every day. I don't remember this during the Obama administration or any other presidency frankly of my lifetime.

Every day they look for some way to get in the news even if it's negative.

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