Mitt Romney’s Core Presidential Competency: ‘Shameless Lying’ (News, Switzerland)
Is it fair to call Mitt Romney a ‘lair’? Continuing with his analysis of the U.S. presidential campaign, columnist Patrick Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News doesn’t hold back as he lays out why it would be hard to argue otherwise – and that ironically, this is what so suits Romney for running for political office.
John Huntsman has just announced his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race. Thus, the only candidate who had anything approaching a spark of decency and a worldview that somewhat corresponded with the real world has thrown in the towel. What remains are religious and political fundamentalists, a megalomaniacal moralizer and a notorious liar.
And since Huntsman seems to think it’s time to throw his weight behind someone who has mastered the basic skills of the politics business, he has decided to support notorious liar Mitt Romney. This must have been like choosing between the plague, cholera, ebola and some flesh-eating bacterial infection.
As a result, Huntsman now supports a candidate once characterized by top economist Paul Krugman as a candidate who lies so freely and unscrupulously, that even his moralizing opponent Newt Gingrich (cholera) calls Mitt Romney a liar. And rightly so.
To begin with, there is the assertion that as head of investment firm Bain Capital, Romney created 100,000 jobs. Even the conservative Washington Post states clearly that this is an insupportable number, as Romney neglected to include jobs that were lost at 22 percent of the companies that filed for bankruptcy or otherwise closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested. This led competitor Rick Perry (ebola) to call Romney’s former company a “vulture.”
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