Your Opinion: Attacks based on false assertions
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I know the response this will receive, immediately granting that Mitt Romney did not directly cause the cancer death of the laborer’s wife featured in a Democratic SuperPac Ad. SuperPacs and Citizens United have given us a cesspool of unknown money, largely Republican. However, a candidate’s campaign/convention has a higher obligation. The Republican Convention clearly failed that obligation.
Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., baldly repeated the “you didn’t build that” memo. President Obama said, “If you were successful, somebody along the way gave you some help. There was the great teacher somewhere in your life! Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive! Somebody invested in roads and bridges! If you got a business, you didn’t build that! Somebody else made that happen ...”
In context and normal English usage the “that” in “you didn’t build that” refers to roads, bridges, the American system and great teachers. That is the simple truth of it. In fact, one of the featured small business owners in the first edition released by Romney was removed because of the large SBA support and other government assistance his business received. The simplicity and accuracy of the statement made by President Obama has not been contested in point of fact even by those who dishonestly repeat the memo.
Former Senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., similarly repeated the false assertion that President Obama has “gutted” the “work-for-welfare” program. Mitt Romney’s campaign has determined that the only road to victory is to maximize white votes. Statistically, he has no possibility of winning with any constituency other than whites!
Once again the Republican Party has made “welfare queens” and “young bucks” as Ronald Reagan identified them the boogeyman to white America.
Fact Check.Org, The Washington Post Fact Checker and Politifact with its “Pants On Fire” designation all agreed that Mitt Romney’s campaign and thus Senator Santorum are simply and absolutely wrong.
HHS Secretary Sebelius in a July 18th letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in reference to the memo, “Our goal is to accelerate job placement by moving more Americans from welfare to work, and no policy which undercuts the goal and waters down work requirements will be considered or approved by the Department.” She further stated a 20 percent performance improvement would be required of any state initiative under the waiver.
This is not “gutting” work-for-welfare under any guise!