The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 11, 2012

Resorted to distortion

Daily Item

---- — There is little question that Mitt Romney was well prepared and gave a strong performance during his debate with President Obama. He also shook the Etch-A-Sketch and redrew a Mitt Romney much more moderate than the one we watched throughout the primary campaign.

What is disheartening is that Romney had to resort to lies, half-truths and misstatement of facts during that debate, among them:

Romney stated, "Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan." Only people who have insurance and remain continuously covered are protected from losing coverage. Anyone not currently insured can be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions.

He also said, "What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare." But if he fulfills his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 16 million seniors will once again have to pay deductibles or co-pays for preventive care and will pay $3.9 million in increased costs for prescriptions.

Several times, Romney repeated the blatant lie that President Obama "cut $716 billion from Medicare." This $716 billion is really savings achieved by reducing over-payments to insurance companies and is in fact also a part of the Romney/Ryan budget. I think Romney also needs a refresher course in mathematics.

He commented, "I think about half of [the renewable energy firms Obama invested in], of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business." Of the 26 firms that received loan guarantees under the program, only three have filed for bankruptcy, which by my calculation if far below half.

Finally, Romney is proposing a 20 percent tax cut for everyone, including the wealthiest Americans, and has promised that these tax cuts will not increase the federal deficit. The cuts will be partially paid for by eliminating deductions, although he has not specified which deductions will be eliminated. The remainder will be funded by the increased jobs his plan will create. Unfortunately, the numbers do not add up -- to fund the tax cuts as proposed, Romney will have to eliminate virtually all federal tax deductions (increasing taxes on low- and middle-income families) and create 150 million more jobs than the 12 million he has pledged to create.

How can we believe and trust an individual who has gone out of his way to hide his own taxes as well as any specifics about his plan for the rest of us?

David B. Kyle,

New Columbia