What Does a Voter Do When Both Candidates Lie?

By Shlomo  Maital



  Does it bug you, as it does me, when the two US Presidential candidates misrepresent each other’s positions (i.e., tell lies?).  TIME magazine recently documented both candidates’ fibs.


  Obama:  says Bain & Co was an outsourcing ‘pioneer’ (it wasn’t). Says he created ½ m. manufacturing jobs (forgot to say, that first, 1 million mfg. jobs were lost, then only half regained).  Says Romney will raise taxes on the middle class by $2,000/yr. (he won’t).  Says he doubled renewable energy (he didn’t, it rose only by 25%).  Says a Bain Consulting co. debt write-off cost taxpayers $10 m. (it didn’t, it was paid for by FDIC, deposit insurance, funded by banks).  Says Romney would deny adoption for gay couples (he won’t).  Says America is less depend on oil than ever before (true, but that started in 2005 under Bush, and anyway, fracking is not an Obama creation at all).


   Romney:  says Obama opened no new markets (he signed trade deals with Colombia, Korea, Panama). Says Obamacare is ‘takeover of the US health system’ (it isn’t, private doctors and hospitals still provide the vast majority of health care, and anyway, Obamacare is much like Romneycare initiated in Massachusetts when he was Governor).  Says “America is inches from being no longer a free economy” (Heritage Foundation ranks America 10th in the world in freedom of its economy).  Blames Obama for defense cuts (Republicans voted FOR them, including Paul Ryan, VP candidate).  Says Obama did nothing on immigration (Obama proposed the Dream Act, it was blocked by the Republicans).


    There is huge cynicism among the candidates’ advisors.  One says:  Sure we know the facts are wrong, but who the hell cares?  The ads do their job, they’re effective.


    Failure of each candidate to rein in these cynical, lying, cheating, swindling advisors makes each of the culpable, and unworthy to be President.  I remember a time when you had to tell the truth.  I guess that is no longer true.  Each candidate gives politics a bad name.