Speaking in Ohio, Mitt Romney pledged, “If I’m president of the United States, with your help, I will tell the truth.” But a quick look at his record shows just how often and easily he fails to be honest.
Take a look at the record of dishonesty Romney has already racked up:
Romney: “President Obama’s failed economic policies have led to more regulations.”
Reality: Not only has President Obama approved fewer regulations through his first three years than President Bush did, but he signed an executive order requiring agencies to develop tools to eliminate ineffective or burdensome regulations. He initiated an overhaul to roll back more than 500 regulatory reforms from 26 different agencies.
Romney: “[President Obama] said that if we let him borrow $787 billion, he would hold unemployment below 8%.”
Reality: Fact checkers have repeatedly found this claim to be false. As the Associated Press plainly points out, “Obama never said the he would hold unemployment below 8 percent if Congress adopted his stimulus package.” The Washington Post even notes that “the information to disprove this claim exists on the Romney campaign website.”
Romney: President Obama “has not created more jobs for the American people.”
Reality: When President Obama took office, the economy was losing an average of 752,000 private sector jobs per month. But for the last 25 straight months, the economy has added more than 4 million private sector jobs.
Romney: “The number of new businesses started per year is down 100,000 a year under the Obama term.”
Reality: In 2011 the rate of business starts was 5 percent higher than before the recession, translating into more than 540,000 new businesses started each month.
Romney: “Did you know, by the way, that of all the jobs lost during the Obama years, 93% were lost by women? 93% were lost by women.”
Reality: Fact checkers and economic experts have labeled this charge “dubious,” “skewed,” and
“mostly false.” Romney’s “statistic” provides no meaningful measure as it “ignores critical facts” that would provide a more honest picture of the economy.
Romney: “If [President Obama] remains President of the United States, you’re going to see more trillion-dollar deficits piling up and piling up.”
Reality: The President’s budget would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade, putting the country on course “toward a level of deficits of below 3 percent of GDP by the end of the decade. “The President has already enacted $1 trillion in spending cuts, which will bring discretionary spending to its lowest levels as a share of the economy since the Eisenhower Administration.
Romney: “It’s servicemen and women coming home from conflict to a welcoming nation but a very inhospitable job market.”
Reality: President Obama is committed to ensuring that our veterans have access to the jobs and opportunities they deserve. The President has enacted several tax credits to help get veterans back to work, including the Returning Heroes Tax Credit which gives businesses a maximum credit of $5,600 for every unemployed veteran hired; the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit which offers businesses that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities a maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran. He also announced that certain grant programs that support emergency responder programs nationwide will give preference to communities “that recruit and hire post-9/11 veterans to serve as police officers and firefighters.”
If his record is any indication, Romney will find his promise to tell the truth a difficult pledge to fulfill.