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Twisting Romney's Record

By David King Published: June 17, 2012

The Obama campaign has been twisting Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts out of shape in an effort to obscure the truth.. This post will correct some of the misleading information, as per Factcheck.org. Liberals on this blog and all over the country have been repeating many of these inaccuracies as if they were factual. Here's a partial list:

A new ad from the Obama campaign takes aim at Mitt Romney’s performance as governor of Massachusetts, claiming he had “one of the worst economic records in the country.” But the ad overreaches with several of its claims.

  • The ad states that job creation in Massachusetts “fell” to 47th under Romney. That’s a bit misleading. Massachusetts’ state ranking for job growth went from 50th the year before he took office, to 28th in his final year. It was 47th for the whole of his four-year tenure, but it was improving, not declining, when he left.
  • The ad’s claim that Romney “cut taxes for millionaires” isn’t as black-and-white as billed. Romney opposed a plan to impose a capital gains tax retroactively, insisting on delaying the hike eight months. That’s different than pushing for a tax cut.
  • The ad claims that Romney raised taxes on the middle class. It’s true that Romney imposed a number of fees, but none of them targeted middle-income persons. Also, Romney proposed cutting the state income tax three times — a measure that would have resulted in tax cuts for all taxpayers — but he was rebuffed every time by the state’s Democratic Legislature.
  • The ad claims Romney “left the state $2.6 billion deeper in debt.” It’s true that long-term bond debt — used for capital improvements — rose under Romney, as it had in the years before he took office. But Romney wasn’t piling up yearly deficits to support operating expenses the way the federal government is, because Massachusetts requires balanced budgets.
  • The ad claims that when Romney was governor, “Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs, a rate twice the national average.” That’s close to true, but the state lost a greater number of manufacturing jobs in the four years before Romney took office, and more in the four years after he left. In fact, the rate of job loss in manufacturing slowed during Romney’s time as governor.
  • The ad claims Romney “outsourced call center jobs to India.” Not exactly. What he did was veto a measure that would have prevented the state from doing business with a state contractor that was locating state customer-service calls in India. Democrats who controlled the Legislature could have overridden the veto, but didn’t. The veto was supported by leading newspapers as a savings to taxpayers.

Let's summarize. Contrary to the way Obama's ad makes things falsely appear, Romney greatly improved job growth in Massachusetts in his one term, and indeed the unemployment rate fell during Romney's entire tenure as governor. Massachusetts (a bluer-than-blue state, btw, which explain the jobs doldrums prior to Romney) went from the state with the highest unemployment (ranked 50th) to a ranking of 12th. A tremendous improvement.

Romney balanced the Massachusetts budget, but Obama's ad makes it appear otherwise.

Romney did not cut taxes for millionaires, and he did not raise taxes or fees on the middle class. He proposed cutting the state income tax for everyone (overwhelmingly middle class people), and was shot down repeatedly by Mass. Democrats.

Romney slowed the pace of manufacturing job losses in Massachusetts, no easy task in a blue state.

Obama misstated facts about alleged Romney outsourcing.

Think about this - the Obama people are trying to transform Romney's job growth, balanced budgets, and 4.7% unemployment record into a bad thing. How dishonest can they be ? If Obama had numbers like that, Obama would be running for Emperor, but when Romney does it, the Obamanauts reframe it as "one of the worst economic records in the country". Shameless. What Romney really did was take a failing, totally blue (Democratic) state and improve it, by a lot.

For a more accurate portrayal of Romney's record, go here. Definitely don't listen to Obama. He'll tell you everything but the truth. Obamafacts are similar to real facts, only without the "fact" part. With a disastrous economic record like Obama's, I guess dishonesty is all he's got.

 

 

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