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4 Myths Both Parties Want to Maintain Through the Presidential Election

Obama and Romney try to create rhetorical differences where substantive ones may not exist.

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Through the Looking Glass

To those not enamored by Teams Blue and Red, the rhetorical gymnastics performed in the run-up to a presidential election can be daunting. Yet underneath the hyper-partisan back and forth is an uncomfortable truth: a lot of what both sides are saying on the campaign trail is complete bullshit. Previously I broke down four misperceptions about Barack Obama some of his supporters advance. Some political misperceptions, however, are beneficial to partisans on both sides of the aisle, albeit for different reasons. Here are four myths that both the Democrats and the Republicans want to keep in circulation until the November election.

4. Paul Ryan Is a Budget-Cutting Fiscal Hawk

his math treats less addition as subtraction, too

In the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate, we had the opportunity to witness the creation of a bipartisan myth in overdrive. In this case, the myth was that Paul Ryan was a fiscal hawka libertarian, even an extremist. Anyone who's given the Paul Ryan budgets serious study knows that none of this true. Nick Gillespie noted earlier this year that Ryan's latest budget runs a deficit of $1.2 trillion, while the president's ran a deficit of $1.3 trillion. What's $100 billion between friends? By 2022, the Ryan budget envisions the federal government spending 4.9 trillion dollars. As Gillespie points out, though the Ryan budget doesn't deny the massive debt problem facing America, it's "weak tea" considering it does nothing to shrink annual deficits, and in fact doesn't even try to balance the budget at all in the next 10 years. Yet Romney selected Ryan to energize the small government and Tea Party base, and President Barack Obama has decided to pin his campaign's hope on painting his opponents as extremists, so playing on the misperceptions of Paul Ryan as a fiscal hawk is politically beneficial to both sides.

NEXT: Did you hear about Obama's amnesty?

3. Barack Obama Is Pro-Amnesty

news to millions in America with no path to citizenship

While the DREAM Act languished in both the Democrat- and the Republican-controlled House as well as the Democratic Senate, even when Democrats held a 60-vote filibuster proof majority in that chamber, the Obama Administration hit record-breaking deportations rates and resisted reform of detention practices. Yet since President Obama announced temporary relief for some young people threatened by deportation a few months ago, his disenchanted Latino base has largely been re-invigorated. The unilateral presidential action also made passing immigration reform in Congress that much harder. But you wouldn't think the president's record was so muddied based on the rhetoric surrounding it. House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas), called Obama's limited waiver via executive order an "amnesty." A simple Google search will reveal Smith's not alone in characterizing Obama's move that way. At the other end of the spectrum, the Obama campaign's "Truth Team"—normally quick to spin any dissenting political opinion as factually untrue—debunked the myth of the Obama amnesty just once, a full nine months before the president's executive order. In the meantime, "Latinos for Obama" even created an infographic claiming Mitt Romney would "repeal the DREAM Act," almost as if the president and Democrats had actually passed it, beefing up their pro-immigration bona fides.

NEXT: Dude, our president is a peacemaker, he even got a prize for it!

2. Mitt Romney Is More Pro-War than Barack Obama

cognitive dissonance we can believe in

President Obama was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize just 10 short months after taking office. Amazing, right? Why did the Norwegians award our president this prize? "[F]or his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Specifically, the committee cited our newly-minted president's efforts to reach out to the Muslim world. The president admitted he didn't think he deserved the award, adding, "but I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world… all Americans want to build, a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents." What has Obama done since then? By the end of 2009, there had already been more drone strikes in Pakistan than under the last four years of the Bush administration. A New York Times expose of the president's drone war revealed that the Obama administration considered conversations within the executive branch about the justification for ordering drone killings as sufficient to meet the constitutional due process standard. So much for the promise of our founding documents. Obama also sent U.S. military forces to help bombard Libya during its civil war, violating the constitutional limits on war making. The war in Afghanistan, of course, continues bloodily, and though many believe the war in Iraq has ended, that's not completely true either. Not exactly a peacemaker. Reason has repeatedly explained how Obama's foreign policy mirrors George W. Bush's while various foreign policy analysts have noted that Obama and Romney's foreign policy plans are pretty much the same. Even on the issue of Iran, the difference between Obama and Romney has been described as more a difference in style than substance. Yet both Obama apologists and Romney boosters will claim a substantive difference in foreign policy, one that paints Romney as the more warmongering candidate and Obama as "weak" on foreign policy.

NEXT: Only Romney can stop Obamacare, right?

1. Mitt Romney is Opposed to Government Intervention in Health Care, Like Obamacare!

an explicit untruth and an implicit one

When it comes to health care reform, the motto of the Tea Party has been "repeal Obamacare," but for Mitt Romney it's "repeal and replace." But replace with what? Romney defended his own government intervention in health care in Massachusetts, Romneycare, in a similar way to Obama's defense of Obamacare. An MIT professor who helped formulate Romneycare and advised Democrats on Obamacare noted many similarities between the two laws. The president himself identifies the Massachusetts law as a blueprint for his own program (though as Romney notes, he was never consulted for his expertise by the Obama administration). Recently, Romney was the target a vicious attack ad trying to connect him, through his work at Bain Capital, to a woman who lost her health insurance and died of cancer. Romney's chief spokesperson, Andrea Saul, didn't rebut the attack by pointing out the glaring inconsistencies of the narrative, but instead noted that had the woman lived in Massachusetts when Romneycare was in effect, she would've never lost her health insurance. Not exactly the kind of defense a candidate opposed to even more government intervention in an already heavily-regulated health care market would give. The comment drew calls for Saul's resignation, but she remains on Team Mitt.

At the same time, the Obama campaign uses the threat of the repeal of Obamacare to marshal support for the president. Just this week, the first lady framed the debate over Obamacare as a question of health, asking an audience "Do we want these reforms to be repealed? …Or do we want the people we love to have the care they need? That's the choice we face." Although Romney may bank on the unpopularity of Obamacare, especially among the conservative grassroots, he's never repudiated the idea of government intervention in the health care market. He even went so far as to tout the Israeli government's intervention in health care as an aspirational model. But what if Romney is actually sincere about repealing Obamacare, and the "replace" part of his mantra is just him trying to play both sides like politicians are wont to do? In June, The New Yorker laid out what it would take to repeal Obamacare and why a President Romney wouldn't be able to do it. The most compelling point? Republicans are highly unlikely to get the 60 votes in the Senate needed to repeal the law.

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  1. Obamaney 2012!

    Whoever wins, America loses.

    1. Rush 2112!

    2. Though dictionaries have recently been updated to allow “enamored by” or “enamored with” to be OK, it still should really be “enamored of”. Enamored is a word like “fond”. You wouldn’t say “fond by” or “fond with”, you say “fond of.”

      Learn it, love it, live it.

      1. Big Government vs. Bigger Government. Your choice.

        I choose Gary Johnson.

        1. Obamacare vs. Romneycare.

    3. Someone needs to photoshop the poster from Alien Vs Predator to include Obama and Romney. As I recall, the movie tagline was “whoever wins, we lose.”

      1. Apparently it’s been done before: Bush vs. Kerry and Hillary vs. Obama.

  2. Epic trolling of TEAM BE RULED tards.

    1. The only “myth” that matters is that there is a difference between the TEAMs. And that’s the one they work hardest to maintain.

  3. 5: Your vote matters!

  4. 6. MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME!!!!!!!!

    1. Every four years they keep getting more importanter and more imporanter! This one is the most importantest, until 1016. Sean Hanity told me so.

      1. Hannity thinks time is cyclical?

    2. Well, one of them has to be.

  5. Those are decent myths.

    Here’s a fact: Joke Biden is about as useful as a shovel with a rope handle.

    1. I donno, that seems pretty useful for swinging into Biden’s head.

    2. If BO cans Joe for Hills, he is guaranteed 4 more years. People have fallen in love with her – for no good reason.

      1. I still think it was that South Park episode.

      2. Why her husband was president… which means she would make an excellent president! This is also why all the Kennedys make great politicians!

        1. True. If W. Clinton hadn’t been president, the Kennedys wouldn’t be great politicians.

  6. The only “myth” that matters is that there is a difference between the TEAMs. And that’s the one they work hardest to maintain.

    You can only mean with respect to some limited, hardline view of the world. The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes. If you aren’t aware of that, then you’re what we call a low-information voter. That’s all. Illogical BS about how the parties are equal is ignorance wrapped in narcissism.

    1. The only way they are different is in their rhetoric. By their actions, both parties are big-spending, war-mongering groups of whores willing to do anything to maintain their power and status.

      1. Aww c’mon Hammer, don’t you remember 2003-2006 when there were no taxes, being gay was illegal, and abortion was a capital offence?

        And remember when that evil Teabagging fuck, Bill Clinton, signed DOMA?

        Or, when that southern racist anarchist, Barack Obama, had his justice department raid all of those medical marijuana clinics?

        1. It’s funny that the sockpuppet responds to my comment by proving it. Well, it would if it were anything other than a sockpuppet.

      2. Ya, that’s the limited, hardline view I was talking about.

        1. Barack Obama: He’ll murder children with flying robots, he’ll toss you in jail for selling medical marijuana, he can even indefinitely detain you for shits and giggles, but he’ll maybe, possibly, get the rich to pay “their fair share” at 40% instead of the anarchy that is a 37%.

          1. 40% and 37% are different!

    2. If you aren’t aware of that, then you’re what we call a low-information voter.

      The “Royal We”, Awesome!

      Oh Tony! Does your arrogance and ignorance know any bounds?

      1. Well, my head is technically finite.

        1. You would be a physicalist when it comes to the philosophy of brain/mind. I posit that while the physical matter of the brain is finite, consciousness, as an emergent property, is infinite.

    3. $

    4. Re: Tony,

      The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes.

      The only difference is in the way they want to rape you, but you still end up being raped. Don’t be naive.

      1. It’s not naivete when it’s intentional.

    5. T o n y is right for once. Whether you measure by the votes of their elected officials or how they answer poll questions, Republicans and Democrats differ on avg.

    6. T o n y| 8.16.12 @ 6:55PM |#
      …”The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes.”…
      Yes, shithead. We already knew that you’re an ignoramus.

    7. It doesn’t matter.

      Toady thinks that even though taxing marginal rates on the “1%” AT ONE HUNDRED PERCENT won’t pay for any but a small percentage of the deficit, he and and his cronies can pay for unlimited payouts to the moochers as well as paying for all the subsidies his cronies want he will still vote for TEAM BLUE.

      Good luck, Toady. keeping hoping you and your pals can keep mooching from the productive.

      1. See, Toady once admitted that he is living off inherited wealth by clipping coupons – as opposed to someone who is running a business that he inherited – so we can know why he likes the status quo.

    8. “The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes”

      We’re talking about the actual actions taken, and the actual outcomes. Not the rhetoric used for pandering to the base.

    9. C’mon people – don’t you know that it’s all about INTENTIONZ?!?!?

      BTW is “intentions” a drinking game item yet? Cause it should be.

  7. That New Yorker article overstates the difficulty of getting rid of Obamacare. The Supreme Court essentially found the mandate is a tax, which obviously has an effect on the budget and should allow the CBO to score it.

    Their is also the imperial presidency route. Whereby a president could tell the various agencies under his purview to not implement or ignore Obamacare. Distasteful, but that door was opened by Obama mandating the DREAM act, and violating the war powers act.

  8. I don’t know anyone — except for hardcore proggies — who believe Myth Numero Uno.

    Even Romneybot 2000 isn’t programmed to say that shit.

  9. Where is the single page view/link????????????????????

    1. More page hits! Though that could also be accomplished by making it easier to view the site on my phone. It the page didn’t end up being too big to load half of the time I’d come a lot more on my phone.

    2. Try the link marked “Print”.

  10. No myth – Romney is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

    Romney is already bitching about the Obama “cuts” to Medicare and the Pentagon and plans to repeal the budget deal of 2011 (sequestering).

    I will have to coin something like ‘Romneypig’ to replace Bushpig (needs work).

    1. I will have to coin something like ‘Romneypig’ to replace Bushpig

      Mormonfag or poopy head would be perfect considering the source.

      More scotch.

      1. Yes, I do love a good single malt. I am continuously astounded at the detail you people remember about me.

        Cragganmore is my recent fave, btw.

        1. “you people”??!

          “YOU PEOPLE”

          Oh hell no, motherfucker. I know you didn’t come up into a libertarian news comment section talkin’ about “you people”.

          Some things never change.

        2. Palin’s Buttplug| 8.16.12 @ 8:15PM |#
          ‘Yes, I do love a good lying dem’.
          Yeah, shriek, we already knew you are an ignoramus.

    2. No, Romney has campaigned in front of a banner that said “CUT THE SPENDING”. IF that isn’t enough I don’t know what is.

      1. Exactly. Mitt has taken a hard line on deficit spending, and frankly it’s about time someone with integrity and courage stood up for responsibility in America!

        I’ve heard that in his first budget he plans to cut the public television budget and cut aid to Moldova. Finally we have a brave Christian-like politician to stand up for conservative values and who isn’t swayed by polls!

      2. Mitt is a full time liar. He cannot come up with any real budget cuts.

    3. Re: Palin’s Buttwipe,

      No myth – Romney is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

      Of course he is. And Obama is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

      Romney is already bitching about the Obama “cuts” to Medicare and the Pentagon and plans to repeal the budget deal of 2011 (sequestering).

      I thought Romney wanted to take food out of children’s mouths and kill grandma. Now you’re telling me he wants to spend even more. The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one…

      I will have to coin something like ‘Romneypig’ to replace Bushpig (needs work).

      Obamapig just sounds so redundant…

  11. “…60-vote filibuster…”

    I do not think that means what you think it means.

  12. News flash: Romney elbows-deep in the “niggerization” of Obama.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-J…..ord-Romney

    1. MSNBC’s Tour?, a supposed racial expert …, has now declared that Mitt Romney is engaged in the “niggerization” of Barack Obama.

      “Nigrafication.” The word is “nigrafication.” Some expert.

    2. You stay classy, msnbc.

      1. Tour?’s daily schedule:

        10:00 AM Powder my nose
        10:15 AM Get my pedicure
        11:30 AM My daily facial scrub
        12:00 PM Appear on MSNBC, bitch about the white man.
        01:00 PM Appointment with my hairstylist.

        That is my impression of the insolent bastard after seeing him for all of four minutes above. I already hate him.

        1. In other words, coming across as pampered and spoiled undermines the product you are trying to sell, T. It says ‘I’m a bullshitter’ instead of ‘oppressed victim.’

  13. CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

    “Installation of new renewable energy facilities has now all but dried up, unable to compete on a grid now flooded with a low-cost, high-energy fuel”.

    The market failed yet again; let’s have some govt. intervention.

  14. I voted for Kodos?

  15. Recently, Romney was the target a vicious attack ad trying to connect him, through his work at Bain Capital, to a woman who lost her health insurance and died of cancer. Romney’s chief spokesperson, Andrea Saul, didn’t rebut the attack by pointing out the glaring inconsistencies of the narrative, but instead noted that had the woman lived in Massachusetts when Romneycare was in effect, she would’ve never lost her health insurance.

    If the Bush and Obama administrations didn’t convince Americans that the Federal government is an unworkable and unmanageable system that is ultimately an abrogation of social responsibility by all Americans, just wait until a real technocrat like Mitt gets into office. We’ll have the domestic equivalent of Robert McNamara.

  16. Hey, the elections run a gamut of frauds no different than the rest of what’s going on in our crazy government: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/…..-students/

    Who knew there were still people who think it’s okay to give the shaft to pregnant women?

    1. It’s an entire sub-genre of pornography.

  17. Hey, the elections run a gamut of frauds no different than the rest of what’s going on in our crazy government: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/…..-students/

    Who knew there were still people who think it’s okay to give the shaft to pregnant women?

  18. It seems the author still believes in the Myth about deportations.

    http://cis.org/vaughan/potemkin-ice

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