(image courtesy of the Institute For Energy Research’s website)
Think Progress did their usual fact check for this debate, and it appears Mitt Romney has outdone himself since accomplishing 27 lies in the first debate. This time, he managed to create 31 falsehoods in 41 minutes of speaking. Unlike the first debate, however, he was unable to pull off a win with these ones; Obama won on both substance and style.
Here’s a few of my favorites, courtesy of TP:
“And the president’s right in terms of the additional oil production, but none of it came on federal land. As a matter of fact, oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production was down 9 percent.”
14 percent is a one-year number. “Overall, oil production on federal land under Obama is up from 566 million barrels in 2008 to 626 million barrels in 2011, a 10.6 percent increase.” Compared to the last three years of President Bush, there have been 241 million more barrels of oil produced from public lands in the first three years of Obama.
I’m really not sure how Romney would even get that one wrong. Maybe it’s because he ignores facts like this one:
“Because the president cut in half the number of licenses and permits for drilling on federal lands, and in federal waters.”
There are slightly fewer permits in 2009 and 2010, from between 8,000-9,000 permits to over 5,000, and they have not been cut by half. The oil and gas industry is sitting on 7,000 approved permits to drill, where it hasn’t begun exploring or developing. Two-thirds of “acreage leased by [oil] industry lies idle” on public lands, according to the Department of the Interior.
Obama has increased drilling. The ones who aren’t letting them drill are people within the industry, apparently.
“I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years and rising take-home pay.”
The Washington Post’s in-house fact checker tore Romney’s claim that he will create 12 million jobs to shreds. The Post wrote that the “‘new math’” in Romney’s plan “doesn’t add up.” In awarding the claim four Pinocchios — the most untrue possible rating, the Post expressed incredulity at the fact Romney would personally stand behind such a flawed, baseless claim.
It doesn’t surprise me at all. After all, a campaign official for Romney stated that their campaign isn’t going to be dictated by fact checkers. What do you expect?
“It was a terrorist attack and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people.”
Obama called the Libya incident an act of “terror” the very next day. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” he said. “Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
I like this one because it illustrates the lengths the right is willing to go to in order to make Obama look bad. This isn’t something that’s been only said by Romney; the entire conservative voice has been screaming this untrue statement since the unfortunate events in Libya.
“And there’s no question but that Obamacare has been an extraordinary deterrent to enterprises of all kinds hiring people.”
Under the law, only companies with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance or pay a fine — that’s just 2.6 percent of businesses. If anything, expanding health care coverage to more Americans will actually create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
Romney seems to forget this provision in his talking points. I wonder why?