It’s amazing to hear the blatant lies coming from the Republicans now.
They are saying that President Barack Obama is “waiving” the work requirements from welfare. These requirements were added by President Bill Clinton with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Mitt Romney and his backers have been running ads and campaigning heavily on the lie that Obama is now illegally “waiving” these requirements, and they continue to repeat the lie at their convention.
Three major independent fact checking groups have rated the ads as blatantly false, including the “Pants on Fire” and “4 Pinocchios” ratings. Ron Haskins. a Republican architect of the welfare reform plan, even stepped forward to denounce the accusations as untrue.
What Obama is actually doing is giving the states more latitude in how to implement ways to get people back to work. This is something Republicans usually like to see, more power to the states. But they felt that they could twist the wording and then say Obama is doing something he is not. When pressed on the falseness of the accusations, a Romney aide replied, “We won’t have the fact-checkers dictate our campaign.”
Here’s just one other example of the lies the Republicans are running on. In his convention speech, Paul Ryan said Obama did not keep his promise to keep the GM plant in Janesville (in Ryan’s home district) open. The only problem with that statement is that the plant closed in 2008, before Obama took office.
If the Republicans are willing to lie to us so blatantly in the campaign, can you trust them on anything?