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NPR Now Eight Millionth Outlet To Shake Stern Finger In Mitt Romney’s Lying Face

romney gets his shoes shinedOh how precious, NPR thinks that Mitt Romney will stop running around lying to everyone’s face about welfare reform if only he is presented with the “facts.” But like most “severe conservatives,” Romney knows you can use facts to prove anything that’s even REMOTELY true — and even things that aren’t!

Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton’s welfare overhaul. That law has become a major issue in this year’s presidential campaign.

Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law, even though every major fact-checking organization says the attacks are false.

Romney rolled out his line of attack two weeks ago in an ad that says: “On July 12th, President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements. Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check… How in the world could he not understand the power of work, the dignity of work?” Romney said last week in Zanesville, Ohio. “And taking work out of welfare is something I’ll change. I’ll tell you that — day one.”

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Listen up, everybody, Mitt Romney just wants Poors to know the dignity of work! WHO WILL THINK OF THE POORS.

How in the world could Obama, the biracial son of a single mother, who engaged in community organizing in improverished urban neighborhoods after his graduation from one of the finest educational institutions in his country, not understand the dignity of work? Hopefully Romney can teach him. And by the way, in case you’re wondering, mothers are not considered to be “working” for the purposes of welfare reform. We guess Ann Romney’s “career choice” to be a “hands-on mom … who barely hired nannies or domestic help” isn’t considered work when Poors do it. Nor, usually, do Poors write off their dressage horses.

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166 comments

  1. Joshua Norton

    NPR thinks that Mitt Romney will stop running around lying to everyone’s face about welfare reform if only he is presented with the “facts.”

    One is reminded of this bit of dialogue from "A Fish Called Wanda".

    Wanda: But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?
    Otto: [superior smile] Apes don't read philosophy.
    Wanda: Yes they do, Otto, they just don't understand it!

    1. marconidarwin

      So Ryan is Wanda, and Mitt is Otto? It does not make sense without a vaginal probe, Josh.

  2. MacRaith

    "Barely hired nannies or domestic help"? How does one go about "barely hiring" an employee? Do you just not pay them, or what?

    1. kittensdontlie

      Illegals are considered only 3/5 people, according to a retroactive Supreme Court ruling due out next week.

    2. vtxmcrider

      The Romney Realm Employment Office is run by a Saudi royal. They know how to get people to work for free.

  3. weejee

    Nor, usually, do Poors write off their dressage horses

    Do teh poor poorz need to hire moar tax accountants to really learn how to horse around with the tax codes?

    1. shelwood46

      The poor are too lazy to fill out the paperwork for their dressage horses. Some of them are even too lazy to have dressage horses. If everyone had their attitude, how could the US of A win the aluminum foil medal in dressage? God bless Ann Romney.

  4. bumfug

    The closest thing to "work" Mitt ever did was pedaling his bicycle around France, annoying people with his bizarre stories about how becoming Mormon would be a good thing.

    1. OneYieldRegular

      I can't for one second believe that anyone in France would put up with this kind of thing. I mean, Scientology is illegal there, and proselytizing one's religion is likely to result in a response like "Casses-toi, pov' con."

    2. Rosie_Scenario

      At least he didn't kill anyone when he rode his bike. When he drove a car however . . .

  5. JustPixelz

    “And taking work out of welfare is something I’ll change. I’ll tell you that — day one.”

    I thought Romney was the expert at taking the work out of things.

  6. Callyson

    "We think that the fact that the work requirement has been taken out of welfare is the wrong thing to do," said Peggy Testa, attending a Tuesday rally near Pittsburgh for Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.
    When told that's not actually what had happened, Testa replied: "At this point, [I] don't know exactly what is true and what isn't, OK? But what I do know is I trust the Romney-Ryan ticket, and I do not trust Obama."

    I don't know if they are lying to me or not, but I trust them.

    This person has the legal right to vote.

    I'm cold and frightened.

    1. WhatTheHeck

      “I don't know if they are lying to me or not, but I trust them.”

      Like one is l“egal” and one is “lawful.”

    2. HarryButtle

      I heard this exchange on the radio yesterday and this is what I heard:

      "I don't know exactly what is true and what isn't, OK? But what I do know is I trust the nice, clean-cut white fellows and I do not trust that nigger."

    3. elviouslyqueer

      I heard this yesterday on the way home from work. I believe my exact words in response to this twatwaffle were "Which part of 'it's NOT FUCKING TRUE' don't you get, sweetheart?"

      1. widestanceromance

        Sure, our daughter will be tossed out of our health insurance on DAY ONE, but fuck her–for freedom.

    4. pdiddycornchips

      Somewhere in an office building on K Street, Karl Rove leans back in his chair and smirks in delight.

    5. fuflans

      i hear you sister. (the WI restaurant owner fawning over romney's business skills at 6:10 AM this morning was what got me…)

      i'm hoping though that this is npr (every fucking news organization) needing a story in the dog days of summer / this stupid campaign (and needing to appear 'even-handed').

      and/or it might be similar to that delightfully insidious planet money project. you know the one. the one that appears positively designed to ensnare and highlight the hypocrisy of the anti-government right (whether it's bankers or farmers). (also this AM) most recent was the millionaire farmer family who just goes ahead and takes gov't crop insurance support even though they don't think it's right or really need it.

      swear to go, it's like the use daily show script writers…

    6. mayor_quimby

      I googled and read the story. My brain shrunk a few sizes, then my balls punched themselves.
      I have to figure out something to sell people this stupid, so I can be rich like Rmoney.

  7. Doktor Zoom

    Facts are simple and facts are straight
    Facts are lazy and facts are late
    Facts all come with points of view
    Facts don't do what I want them to
    Facts just twist the truth around
    Facts are living turned inside out
    Facts are getting the best of them
    Facts are nothing on the face of things
    Facts don't stain the furniture
    Facts go out and slam the door
    Facts are written all over your face
    Facts continue to change their shape

  8. SoBeach

    Mitt Romney just wants Poors to know the dignity of work…

    Screw that. I want Mitt Romney to teach me the dignity of NOT working while collecting $20 million a year in "carried interest" and paying only 14% in taxes.

    1. 1stNewtontheMoon

      He can't do that. But he can teach you to do all that and avoid paying taxes altogether. So it's a wash?

      1. FakaktaSouth

        You're old? How am I just hearing of this? I was thinking we were talking about pleased to meet me here. That was a regular old stolen cassette for this little girl.

        1. prommie

          My favorite line from the Replacements ever is "I used to live at home, now I just stay at the house."

          Nothing will work up a mean mean thirst.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            Lord how much do I love me some Paul Westerberg (the coolest Paul by FAR) writing the lyrics to my life.

  9. ahnc

    Is Romney drunk?
    I hope not because the last non-drinking president we had was…oh, wait.
    Is it Happy Hour yet?

  10. Wilcoxyz

    Romney's unemployed. He doesn't understand the dignity of … well, just dignity. He doesn't get it.

  11. le petit mort

    Pulling out all the old standbys out of desperation. Can the dreaded "welfare queen" complete with race-baiting photo be far off?

  12. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I am enjoying NPR's series going around and talking to "voters". Mostly hilariously dumb voters, so far.
    "There's just something about that Obama fella I don't trust." says an interviewee.
    "He's black!" I yell back at the radio.

    1. widestanceromance

      I yelled the same thing, but went further than black in a nice white whisper, like whites do so well.

    1. 738838

      I totally agree. They are mostly twats pretending to be neutral but to my eyes actually slant toward the right. And Scott Simon is a complete dick. Don't get me started on Susan Stamburg. UGH

      1. widestanceromance

        Bet you have been enjoying their dancing around the name of "that Russian girl band" too.

        1. anniegetyerfun

          Ha, I heard one of their European reporters just come out and say it the other day, and you just KNOW Robert Siegel was having heart palpitations while they played the clip.

          1. widestanceromance

            Not NPR, but can you imagine Warren Olney trying to wrap his lips around 'pussy'?

            I'm sorry for the nightmares if you saw what I did there.

          2. anniegetyerfun

            True story: for the first four years that I listened to his show, I thought his name was Mormon Ali. Because that is how he says his name, and I never bothered to look it up.

          3. widestanceromance

            HA! True story: my partner thought he and Tom Ashbrook (On Point) were the same show/guys. I corrected him by pointing out that Ashbrook is the guy who goes off and cuts off his guests, whereas Olney is the old guy who falls alseep on his guest.

          4. mayor_quimby

            Ashbrook always sounds either drunk or distracted. Like he wakes up in the middle of their sentence and has to interrupt.
            Thank god for Martie Moss-Cowain, or whatever the fuck her name is.

        2. 738838

          I wouldn't know. I actually don't listen anymore, but thanks for the update. The NY Times has also been a bit prudish around this issue.

        3. GunToting[Redacted]

          The political junkie guy actually said "Pussy Riot" out loud yesterday. I nearly drove my car into a tree.

      2. b[redact]opple

        At least Dan Schorr is now dead and doesn't have to listen to Simon patronize him every Saturday morning.

        No, really, Scott Simon is the worst. I remember the night we started bombing Iraq in 2003, and "war correspondent" Scott Simon came on the radio to announce: "The campaign to disarm Saddam Hussein has begun!" Fuck him.

        Also, too, I have it on good authority that he has been known to show up to work in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform. This is allegedly a grown-ass man. Fuck him with a cactus.

      3. CommieLibunatic

        …are we talking about the same NPR I'm thinking of? I listen to KPCC (SoCal branch, based in Pasadena), and of all the times I've flown into hellmurder shout-fest, it's always been the fault of someone they're talking about instead of the hosts. Rick Santorum or Herman Cain or whoever.

        Also, one of the first things I heard on my radio alarm last week was "Pussy Riot busted, yo" (I paraphrase; I was tired and having dumb dreams again), so what the hell?

      4. fuflans

        meh. i think they try to hard to be 'neutral' and end up being lib-nice to the right.

        why susan stamburg? all i think of her as doing is covering art – and that stupid thanksgiving recipe (though full disclosure, i've worked with her son so feel a tad protective).

        however, if you want to get my blood boiling mention fucking mara liassom (see below).

        1. 738838

          Susan Stamburg just annoys me. She is emblematic of the whole news department. My wife and I used to really laugh at Leanne Hanson on Sundays and we always called her Leon. One time before she started on the Sunday show I heard her give a report from somewhere in Central or South America with the line "Somewhere a dog barks in a neighborhood…..". Ugh.

    2. SoBeach

      I still like the calm, even delivery of the news on NPR. And there's Terry Gross — I could listen to that woman's voice all day. But then there's Diane Rehm. Holy shit. Five seconds of that woman's voice and I'm looking for something sharp to slit my wrists.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Well, she has a medical problem. She was wonderful to listen to before that, and she's sharp as a tack.

        There are a couple of correspondents who make me want to remove my ear drums with a chopstick. Like Sylvia Pogioli. MY GOD, you do not need to roll every single R in an Italian word for ten full seconds, woman.

        1. SoBeach

          Bummer about her medical problem, but this is radio. When she starts talking I picture tens of thousands of people desperately jabbing at their car stereos to get them to make any other noise.

          1. anniegetyerfun

            Yeah, I wish she had retired after she developed it, but I guess there's still enough demand for the content her show produces. Or NPR is comprised mostly of godless commies who like torture.

      2. 738838

        Terry Gross is great; I listen to her in my car on XM, and I do like "Wait Wait….." a ton. It's the news division that is filled with wankers.

        1. SoBeach

          I could listen to Terry Gross reading the owner's manual for her refrigerator and be happy. I'm amazed she hasn't gotten into other voice work. She would make a fortune.

    3. fuflans

      i cannot say that as i am totally smitten with jian ghomeshi

      however, i can say with complete and utter sincerity i fucking hate mara liassom.

  13. comrad_darkness

    Uh oh, Romney says raising kids isn't work anymore? I smell a boycott by the million moms . . .

    Yeah, I'll not hold my breath.

  14. SayItWithWookies

    Romney said last week in Zanesville, Ohio. “And taking work out of welfare is something I’ll change. I’ll tell you that — day one.”

    Mitt's gonna make the poor pay to work.

    1. GunToting[Redacted]

      "What do you mean you don't want your job shipped to Bangladesh? Cough up the vig, pipsqueak!"

  15. comrad_darkness

    Romney: I'm totally incensed about this policy that I insisted I wanted when I was governor.

    Flip flopper.

  16. Incitefully_Joe

    But Biden once said chains! So we still all know who the outrageous, race-baiting liar really is here.

    (P.S, Republicans just plain say that core Democratic positions -such as Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pro-choice, Multiculturalism, the Lawfulness of Treaty Agreements, Anti-War, Progressive Taxation, Any Taxation, the Fed's Dual Mandate, etc. etc. etc.- are tantamount to slavery all the time, but that is totally different, for reasons.)

    1. anniegetyerfun

      So, I managed to avoid reading anything about the controversy because I was so bored of the Republican hysteria surrounding Joe, but what he said – were only white people offended? I'm assuming so, but just wanted to check.

    1. PubOption

      He wore a suit, and carefully dyed his hair, so that he looked dignified while he might or might not have been working at Bain.

      You can substitute embalmed for dignified if you like.

  17. WhatTheHeck

    No so.
    Facts is facts
    Women’s rights is not
    and evolution has not improved the republican brain.

  18. Chet Kincaid_

    Changing any view you once had to get elected is established behavior for Mitt, but this business of lying repeatedly about your opponent's positions and records, out of your own mouth (not a surrogate's or a friendly PACs) and ignoring any and all corrections, is a new low in politics. There are three major tentpoles of Romney's campaign and stump speeches which are blatant lies, one of which is a lie manufactured from a doctored Obama remark.

    Mitt conveys no real conviction when delivering these lies because he knows he is wrong in both a factual and ethical sense. He has the chuckling, bewildered persona of a man with no idea what happened to his soul.

    1. SoBeach

      He has the chuckling, bewildered persona of a man with no idea what happened to his soul.

      That line sings.

      1. CthuNHu

        He has the chuckling persona of a man who has no idea what happened to his soul, and couldn't care less now that he's liberated from it.

        FTFY

    2. prommie

      I suspect he will roll out the "Obama is gonna let the UN put all gun-owners in FEMA concentration camps" right before the election. That will get the "Bunker Hill" crod of revolutionaries out in force, maybe even result in some second amendment last-minute electioneering/voter intimidation. Kindof a putsch, you could call it.

    3. AbandonHope_

      I've finally gotten around to reading Devil in the White City, and Romney could play H. H. Holmes in the movie adaptation quite nicely: polite, handsome, genial, able to lie right to a person's face and convince him/her it's the truth, playing everybody for fools to get ahead… all the while seeing everybody else as tools to be used, enjoyed, and ultimately disposed of in his hidden kiln of death.

      Wait, possibly not the "kiln of death" part. That we know of. Yet.

  19. elviouslyqueer

    "I think we always have to look at who the fact checkers are," Ken Mohn said. "There's lots of … groups that purport themselves to be neutral, nonpartisan, but often are [partisan]."

    Unless of course they're conservative "fact checkers" like Fox News, who would never ever EVER dare tell even the teensiest tiny fib. Because why would they say they were Fair and Balanced if they weren't?

  20. kittensdontlie

    Why not expand the Gingrinch Plan,'Dignity-r-US', to include all the nation's toilets, private and public. I know I have two toilets just sitting here, and they are not cleaning themselves.

  21. Mittens Howell, III

    "Actually, NPR were waving that finger in Barack Obama's face after he cut $12 billion dollars of Medicare moneys and replaced it with extra-enhanced sidewalk cracks for seniors to trip and break their hips on."

    Signed,

    Ryan/Romney 2012.

    1. widestanceromance

      "We've secretly replaced their blood pressure medications with Pez candy. Let's see if they notice."

  22. philpjfry

    How can the tepublicans get away with lying like that? doesn't anyone call them on it? Isn't anyone smart enough to figure out they are being lied to? Oh wait, Americans, never mind. The collective attention span ,must be even shorter than mine. I need a drink. Wait, what was I saying?

  23. anniegetyerfun

    I hope he keeps it up because it would be really fun to see Obama call him a bald-faced liar during one of the debates. Like, repeatedly. With that look that Obama gets when he's super angry but controlled, you know? And I mean, really use the word "liar", so that Romney gets all red-faced and angry at a darkie daring to challenge him openly.

  24. aaarrrgh

    i live in the good part of the ghetto in jersey city, nj. cause my wife is black so we like it here.

    the best part of living here is that when it gets dark and all the white people leave we party like there's no tomorrow. we pool our welfare checks and our food stamps and buy filet mignon, truffles, cristal and strawberries.

    after we satiate our appetites, we drive around in our beemers and lexuses until we're so tired all we can do is flop in front of our home theater systems and watch a Big Mama movie.

    shoot. we don't have time to work. life is great in this country when you're on welfare!

  25. Jus_Wonderin

    If Romney has soooo much money, why doesn't he buy up the part of the Internet that has photos of him looking like an entitled bitch? (ie: photo for this posting………)

  26. mavenmaven

    Its not a lie when a rich white man says it. And there you have all of European history in a nutshell.

  27. HeadsIWin

    Fellow Americans, I will give you all the jobs you can handle.

    NOW GO AND GET YER SHINE BOX!

  28. chicken_thief

    The great part of that lie is that it is a two-fer: he makes Obummer look bad now to those who don't fact check or don't believe the librul media fact checkers and then, if elected, on the second day he can announce, after doing not a damn thing, that it is all fixed.

    I guess the guy does use that big fucking mellon head of his for something sometimes.

  29. OneYieldRegular

    If it meant stopping someone from getting government assistance of any kind, Romney would pull seniors out of retirement homes and use them as replacements for the workers he fired from the factories he bought.

  30. Isyaignert

    Quote from Ann Richards, the late, great Democratic Governor of Texas:

    “They blame the low income women for ruining the country because they are staying home with their children and not going out to work.
    They blame the middle-income women for ruining the country because they go out to work and do not stay home with their children.”

  31. TribecaMike

    I'm a big fan of NPR, but jeez they've got the laziest camera operators in the business. In fact, their entire graphics department sucks.

  32. pdiddycornchips

    "See, the problem isn't people like me who make millions sitting on my ass, earning carried interest, nor can we blame those large multinational corporations who earned billions and paid zero in income taxes last year. They aren't the reason you don't have a job or that you have to choose between eating tonight and putting gas in your clunker tomorrow morning. No, the reason the middle class is under such stress in that woman down the block with the three kids and no husband who's trying to scrape by on the $700 a month in welfare she gets. That's why, when I'm President, I'll make sure she's humiliated as much as humanly possible before we ultimately stop giving her any money at all. That's what made this country great."

    I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message.

  33. NYNYNYjr

    I've familiarized myself with the dignity of work, now I'd like to experience the dignity of inheriting buttloads of money.

  34. LibrarianX

    NPR still thinks that having people like Mara Liasson or Cokie Roberts on the air gives them credibility.

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