Even from Mitt Romney, the "60 Minutes" interview was an astonishing heap of lies, from referencing President Obama's "larger and larger government" to insidiously implying that our deficit is heavily financed by China to citing the cost of "ObamaCare" ($100 billion a year!) without mentioning its offsetting revenues or that it actually saves the federal government money.
Partisan spin is one thing. These were plain, unmitigated lies.
I was particularly amused by Romney's explanation of healthcare in Massachusetts, whose citizens, thanks to its once sage governor, all enjoy coverage. But heavens, why would we wish to impose such a plan on the citizens of Texas? asked Romney. Such decisions are properly left to the states, he huffed.
So physical ailments somehow differ in frequency and severity in Texas? And the economic laws of volume--cheaper insurance through large consumer pools--wouldn't work in Texas as they do in Massachusetts? All of one's "healthcare needs," as the corny ads say, suddenly change merely by virtue of crossing a few state borders?
Also astonishing is Romney's tax plan, insufficiently explained yet again. Now think about this. His fiscal philosophy (this week, anyway) is fundamentally supply-sided; that is, he believes lower taxes on "job creators" help to create, well, jobs. Yet he goes out of his way to explain to the Scott Pelleys of the world that his proposed elimination of unspecified deductions and exemptions would offset these tax cuts and so guarantee government the same revenue flow. Well then what the hell is the point of ever lowering the tax rates to begin with? Each taxpayer would wind up with no more discretionary money than before, with which he can ever create one job (which of course isn't what creates jobs anyway: demand does).
What a lying mess.
postscript: He's back. I didn't know we were in for another discredited-default-swap tranche.
His loose self-comparison to the genuinely principled John Adams made my historically minded skin crawl, but I got religion when he said he prayed every night. Mitt, were you ever to become president, we all would.