Barack Obama and his Dancing Ducks — The “ObamaTax”

ObamaCare — Here are the facts by phase as supported by the liberals:

First: Mr. Obama and surrogates vehemently argued for months that the bill (and then law) was not a tax and that those earning below $250,000 would not see taxes go up.

Second: Mr. Obama’s lawyers argue to the Supreme Court that the ObamaCare mandate is supported as a “tax.” They come right out and call it a “tax.”

Third: The Supreme Court this week agrees with Mr. Obama’s lawyers that ObamaCare’s mandate is supported as a tax.

Fourth: Mr. Obama’s surrogates are now stating ObamaCare’s mandate is really not a tax; that it is really a “penalty” or a “fee.” What is their next phase?

The Wall Street Journal published a short piece yesterday titled, “The Tax Duck”:

Editor’s note: The duck test—if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.
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Herewith, from President Obama on down, is a sampling of Democratic denials that the individual mandate is a tax:

President Barack Obama, talking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, September 2009:

Stephanopoulos: Your critics say it [the mandate] is a tax increase.

Obama: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but—

Stephanopoulos; But you reject that it’s a tax increase?

Obama: I absolutely reject that notion.

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From the White House website, December 2009, under the headline, “The Truth on Health Care Reform and Taxes”:

As we move into the final stage of the historic push for health reform, opponents of reform are testing the age old adage that if you only say something enough times you can somehow make it true. Yesterday, we heard a new version of the old, tired refrain that the health reform bills in Congress would raise taxes on the middle class. So let’s set the record straight: First, the health insurance reform bill being considered in the Senate does not raise taxes on families making less than $250,000.

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Then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, July 2010: “I don’t see this as a tax.”

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius appearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, February 2012: “It [the mandate] operates the same way a tax would operate, but it’s not per se a tax.”

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Office of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients appearing before House Budget Committee, February 2012:

Rep. Scott Garrett (R., N.J.): If I make under $250,000 and I do not buy health insurance as I’m required to under the Affordable Care Act, is that a tax on me or is that not a tax on me? A moment ago you said there are no tax increases.

Zients: There aren’t.

Garrett: So that’s not a tax?

Zients: No.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commenting Thursday on the Roberts decision: “Call it what you will.”

Watch this short video of Axelrod doing the dance with Matt Lauer yesterday. Is Axelrod sly or what? I find it absolutely fascinating how Democrats are throwing the potato around to one another as they dance around truth!

Matt Lauer, NBC “TODAY” show host: “The good news [for you] is the Supreme Court said that the mandate is constitutional. The bad news is they said they are a tax. Back in 2009, the President adamantly denied that health care reform was going to be a tax on the American people. Does he now agree that this legislation, this law is a tax?”

David Axelrod, Obama campaign: “Whatever you call it, Matt, whether you call it a mandate or a tax, what it is, is a penalty on the very few Americans who don’t — who can afford health care, don’t pay for it, end up in our emergency rooms getting free care and then we all pay for it in the form of higher premiums.”

In the opening segment of The O’Reilly Factor yesterday, Democrat “strategist” Julie Roginsky continues the dance (moon walk) as she completely dodges Laura Ingraham’s very simple, straightforward inquiries. As with Mr. Obama, Roginsky blames others including Governor Romney as she so artfully pivots, evades, and dodges each question all the while with a smile!


Remember those old westerns where a gunslinger is shooting the ground at the feet of another cowboy as he is dancing all over the place to avoid being hit by the bullets? For the next 128+ days, we will watch Governor Romney firing away at Mr. Obama and his lemmings as they toss the “ObamaTax” (coined by Hannity yesterday) potato from one person to the next.

“Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.” ~ Thomas Sowell


Values, distinctly American: “Liberty” — “In God We Trust” — “E Pluribus Unum”

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Romney’s Values (Liberty & In God We Trust) vs. The Left’s

“Election Day 2012 will not be a presidential election. It will be a plebiscite.

“Americans will not only be voting for a president (and a House and a third of the Senate). They will be participating in a plebiscite on the definition of America.

Dennis Prager / Credit: JewishJournal.com

“If Americans re-elect the Democrat, Barack Obama, they will have announced that America should be like Western European countries — governed by left-wing values. Americans will have decided that America’s value system — “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” — should be replaced.”

[Incidentally, Wikipedia describes "E Pluribus Unum" as follows: "Originally suggesting that out of many colonies or states emerge a single nation, in recent years it has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation—illustrating the concept of the melting pot."]

Above are the three opening paragraphs to Dennis Prager’s May 1st editorial. I have mentioned Prager a few times in this forum as my preferred conservative, nationally syndicated radio talk show host. In my opinion, Prager is the most articulate spokesman for American Judeo-Christian values in all of media today (read his columns here). Prager continues to describe the core issue of the November election:

The left knows what is at stake. And the most left-wing president in American history knows what is at stake. Candidate Obama announced shortly before the 2008 election, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

He described the left’s aim perfectly: to fundamentally transform America. It seeks to replace Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum.

That is what “fundamentally transform” means. In fact, those words are proof that American values and leftist values are fundamentally opposed to one another.

The right, on the other hand, seeks to maintain America’s values. Conservatives want to improve America, but, as its name implies, conservatism seeks to conserve, not transform.

From this date forward and until November 6th, I will tag the end of every post I publish with a phrase that goes something like:


Values, distinctly American: “Liberty” — “In God We Trust” — “E Pluribus Unum”

With this post, I give complete credit to Dennis Prager for my use of these three values in my published posts. Prager succinctly defines these:

“Liberty” means, first and foremost, limited government — because bigger government means less individual liberty. “In God We Trust” means that America must be rooted in Creator-based values. There are no inalienable rights if no rights derive from God. And “E Pluribus Unum” means the assumption of an American identity by all citizens regardless of their racial, ethnic or national background.

Please read Prager’s entire May 1st column for an outstanding explanation of what drives the Left in this election and how its values oppose those described above. Governor Romney gave a speech at the commencement ceremony of Liberty University as the keynote speaker. Dennis Prager described Governor Romney’s understanding of these uniquely American values in his May 15th editorial in which he quotes from the Liberty speech. Dennis Prager’s assertion of Romney’s deep understanding of core American values is unambiguous, simple, and elevating. These are but a few quotes (Romney’s quotes are followed by Prager’s editorial):

Romney: “Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.”

The death of God has not only led to moral uncertainty; the secular left actually boasts of its moral uncertainty. Unlike the religious, who have a black and white view of moral issues (so the left tells us), those on the left struggle with moral complexity. But this is self-delusion. The left is as morally certain about its positions as the most fundamentalist Christian. Where is the left’s moral uncertainty about same-sex marriage? About abolishing capital punishment? About race-based affirmative action? About higher taxes? Indeed, about anything the left believes in?

Romney: “That said, your values will not always be the object of public admiration. In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world.”

Is that ever true. Those of us who adhere to Judeo-Christian values and live a religious life are mocked as fools when not dismissed as dangerous. If you believe that nature was designed by a Creator, you are regarded as an anti-science buffoon. If you get your values from the Bible, you are considered a living anachronism.

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Romney: “Central to America’s rise to global leadership is our Judeo-Christian tradition . . . .”

Exactly right. Every free country on earth was formed by Christianity or shaped by a Christian country that imposed it (India and Japan, for example). And the freest of them all, America, has been the most Judeo-based Christian country in the world.

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Romney: “From the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man.”

This is why one of the mottos of this country is “In God We Trust.” This is the heart of the cultural civil war in which America is now engaged. Do human rights come from the Creator or from men?

Romney: “People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology.”

A very significant statement — a major Mormon figure stating that mainstream Christians and Mormons have “different faiths.” But even more important is his truly American realization that all Americans, of every faith (including Islam, one might add), and even those who have no formal religion, “can meet in common purpose.” And that purpose is living by and promulgating the American value system: “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~ The Declaration of Independence — The United States of America


Values, distinctly American: “Liberty” — “In God We Trust” — “E Pluribus Unum”

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FIRED UP: Romney’s Facebook Fans More Engaged Than Obama’s As Online Donations Pour In

Romney vs. Obama on Facebook

We’ve all been closely following the fundraising furor that ensued after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare (Romney camp raised 4.6 million online in 24 hours), but there’s another metric out there that shows just how energized folks across America really are: Facebook engagements.

YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS:

New fans in the last 24 hours:
Romney — 28,000
Obama — 9,000

Engagements (likes, comments, shares):
Romney — 493,400
Obama — 464,000

Percentage of fans that engaged:
Romney — 23 %
Obama — 1.7 %

To add a little context, the Obama people have been building their Facebook page for 6 years (being the President of the United States is obviously a huge advantage), spending millions in advertising funds in order to stack their numbers. And it’s worked — they have over 27 million fans, compared to Romney’s 2.1 million.

While 27 million is certainly an impressive number, it isn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of social media success. After all, the goal of any online campaign is to interact with potential customers, or in this case, voters. You want people to share your content, to “like” it so their friends can see it, and to give their input.

That’s why engagements are key. They function like a thermostat, giving you a more accurate reading on just how “fired up” and “ready to go” your supporters actually are.

So props to the Romney digital team for putting out content that people are interested in — hopefully it’s enough to tip the scales in our direction come November.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives exclusive insight into how the Romney digital team ramped-up their operation for news days as big as yesterday. Worth a read.


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$4.6 MILLION!

Thanks to all the new supporters who have stepped up to the plate. We are glad to have you with us!

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(BTW – we will be embedding a lot of tweets up until election. The nice thing about embedded tweets is they support full interaction. If you are already logged into twitter you can follow the tweeter, or you reply, retweet, or ‘favorite’ a tweet right here from our website. It’s easy – give it a try. If you aren’t already following Andrea Saul give her a follow. If you are already following her, give her a retweet.)

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Barack Obama’s Deception to Americans may be The Largest in American History

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, which effectively states that the mandate as a tax, is constitutional points right back to Barack Obama. This is nothing less than a massive deception by Mr. Obama. He has stated publicly, many times, that his bill/law was not funded by taxes and was never intended to be a tax. Yet, when using that argument in front of the Supreme Court and facing certain defeat with the mandate, they changed their tune and started calling it a tax.

Of all the lies put forward by Mr. Obama, this particular desire of his to deceive the American people on such a massive scale is the greatest lie of them all. Had the American people been told the truth from the beginning, Mr. Obama knows he would never have been able to get the bill passed in Congress. Rather, we now know this to be an incredibly massive tax increase to the American people. Mr. Obama’s strategic deception was in fact successful.

Since the Supreme Court leaves the law in place, effectively we are left with no less than 21 new taxes. In fact, Rush Limbaugh is characterizing this as the largest tax increase in world history. I still need time to study it all, but I believe he is correct.

Most important to me is the fact that the current President of the United States is always so willing to deceive me and my fellow Americans, if doing so will move forward his agenda. His arrogance knows no bounds and he must be stopped from lying any more. The only way that can happen is to vote him out.

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Addendum by Nate: Ben Howe of Mister Smith Media whipped together the video below and I’m adding it here since it does very well to illustrate the points Vic is making here.

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From MittRomney.com:

Now It’s Up to You, America

Today, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. But regardless of what the Court said about the constitutionality of the law, Obamacare is bad medicine, it is bad policy, and when Mitt Romney is president, the bad news of Obamacare will be over.

This November it’s all on the line. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Donate $10 or more to put a stop to the policies of Barack Obama and help Mitt Romney in November.

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Update: As of 1:30PM ET, already $1,000,000 has been donated to the Romney campaign since the Supreme Court’s ruling announcement.

Update: Watch Romney’s reaction to the ruling (with transcript) here.

Update: Romney’s New Ad: Day One, Job One: #FullRepeal

Got Broccoli?

If not, the government can apparently tax you into buying some.

Of course if you’ve been following the news, or even just the posts on this site, you know the Supreme Court today upheld the individual mandate of Obamacare under Congress’ power to tax, but not under the Constitution’s commerce clause.

While the news is welcome that the commerce clause has its limits, it’s very disturbing to find out that Justice Roberts believes the government can tax you into buying a product it wants you to. Never mind Obama’s promise that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate was not a tax.

While there’s lots more analysis to come, and please read Jayde’s post below for more detail and Mitt’s statement, I’m simultaneously discouraged at the Court’s ruling the government can force me to buy a product, yet encouraged to know that we can still fix the immediate problem of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate by electing Mitt and a GOP majority in the Senate. If it wasn’t your goal before, get on board, donate to the campaign and get yourself involved. See Nate’s post above this one. If you don’t, after 2012, if you can’t answer the question correctly, it may cost you.

Got broccoli?

Romney Responds to Supreme Court Ruling: “HELP US defeat Obamacare.” (VIDEO)

Standing in front of the Supreme Court building, protestors decry Obamacare.

A landmark day… It’s a tax!

Moments ago, speaking from Constitution Ave in Washington D.C., Governor Mitt Romney spoke out against the Supreme Court’s ruling today on the Affordable Health Care Act better known as Obamacare:


Transcript:

As you might imagine I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, and I agree with the dissent, what the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of t he United States, and that is I will act to repel Obama Care. Lets be clear about what the court did and did not do. The court said that Obama care does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say Obama-care was a good law or its good policy, Obama care is bad policy yesterday, its bad policy today.

Obama care was bad law yesterday, it’s bad law today. Let me tell why I said that, Obama care raises taxes on the American people by approximately 500 billion dollars, Obamacare cuts medicare, cuts medicare by approximately 500 billion dollars and even with those cuts and tax increases, Obama care raises billions to our national debt and pushes obligation the oncoming generations. Obamacare also means for up to 20 million Americans they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and want to keep.

Obamacare is a job killer, businesses across the country have been asked what they think of Obama care, 3 quarters of those survived by the chamber of commerce said Obamacare makes it less likely for them to hire people. And perhaps most troubling of all, Obamacare puts you between the Federal government and your doctor. For all those reasons its important for us to repeal and replace Obamacare. What are some of the things we will keep in place? And must be in place for a reform, a real reform of the healthcare system. One we have to make sure people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so. Having 20 million people, up to that number of people, lose the insurance they want is simply unacceptable.

Number two, we’ve got to make sure that those people who have preexisting conditions know that they will be able to be insured. And they will not lose their insurance. We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their efforts to assure that every American has access to affordable health care. And something that Obamacare does not do that must be done in real reform is helping lower the cost of health care and health insurance. It’s becoming prohibitively expensive.

And so this is now a time for the American people to make a choice. You can choose whether you want to have a larger and larger government more and more intrusive in your life. Separating you and your doctor. Whether you’re comfortable with more deficits. Higher debt that will be passed onto the coming generations. Whether you’re willing to have the government put in place a plan that potentially causes you to lose the insurance that you like.

Or whether instead you want to return to a time when the American people will have their own choice in health care. Where consumers will be able to make their choices as to what kind of health insurance they want. This is a time of choice for the American people. Our mission is clear. If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama.

My mission is to make sure that we do exactly that. That we return to the American people the privilege they’ve always had that lived their lives that they feel most appropriate. Where we don’t pass onto coming generations massive deficits and debt. Where we don’t have a setting where jobs are lost.

If we want good jobs and bright economic future for ourselves and for our kids, we must replace Obamacare. That is my mission. That is our work. And I’m asking the people of America to join me. If you don’t want the course that President Obama has put us on, if you want instead a course that the founders envisioned, then join me in this effort. Help us. Help us defeat Obamacare. Help us defeat the liberal agenda that makes government too big, too intrusive and is killing jobs across this country. Thank you very much.”

From The Washington Times:

The real losers today are the current members of the younger generation whose votes the Democrats continue to court even as they pile massive quantities of debt on them, assuring a dismal future. Younger voters, whether they understand it or not, will be paying for a vast governmental expansion whether they want to or not. On top of being unemployed, unable to buy a house, and unable to pay back their massive student loans, the future doesn’t look to bright for these young, idealistic voters who massively supported The One in 2008. One wonders how many of them understand the truth and the consequences of that vote. I not, they’ll be finding out shortly.

The whole Obamacare wrangle was and is a mess of considerable proportion. It was monster legislation, rammed down the collective throats of the American people who have opposed it by a significant majority from the get-go, and still do. Obamacare is proof positive that, at least for now, the country is firmly in the hands of wealthy, dismissive elitists who fully intend to make the average American pay for their world view even as these elitists take care to exempt themselves from the consequences of their actions.

The markets may have smelled what was coming from Washington this morning as stocks tanked from the moment the starting bell was rung. This seems to offer at least anecdotal proof that inside traders knew what was coming before anyone else did and acted accordingly. Pros are well aware that this decision will lead to a continuing stagnation in hiring, which in the current economic climate is the worst thing of all. Smaller employers will cease to add jobs and grow, simply to be able to remain below the threshold where they’ll be forced to comply with the now officially constitutional Obamacare legislation.

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Barack Obama’s Vortex of Poor Decisions & Actions

Today while eating lunch and reading a book involving a US Navy sailor describing his service on the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class supercarrier, the question entered my mind and has been with me all day: Will Barack Obama ever have an aircraft carrier named after him? Or even a smaller US Navy ship? We have the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS George H.W. Bush, both Nimitz-class supercarriers. Then I snapped back to reality. What was I thinking? Of course not! What has the man led or accomplished in his life aside from winning elections on oratory skill?

Justice Ginsberg, 79 / Photo Credit: Saul Loeb

If the month of May was disastrous for President Obama, June could easily eclipse May and probably will. As I have studied the man Barack Obama as President, I have been surprised how he consistently makes one poor choice after another terrible decision. Honestly, if I did not think he was earnest in his desire to be re-elected, I would think he was trying to lose. I even saw an article earlier today that recommended he resign. If you did not read the June 3rd article by Wayne Allyn Root that was widely published and quoted (“Why Obama Will Lose in a Landslide”), it is a must read if only to read his list of Mr. Obama’s poor leadership choices. And since Root’s piece, Mr. Obama made a decision to ask wedding shoppers to forego those gifts to donate to him, he keeps doing fundraisers while ignoring the disastrous Colorado fires, while begging and whining in speech after speech (check out this short video: “I hope you still believe in me”).

Most recently fellow Democrats have been jumping off Mr. Obama’s tattered coat tails telling him and the campaign “no thanks” to their invitations to attend the Democrat convention with him in North Carolina. Early “voting” consists of fundraising success and failure. Though Mr. Obama is ahead in overall fundraising and cash on hand, his campaign team members are terrible cash managers and their burn rate is through the roof. Their gimmicks are even hitting the small contributors and yesterday poor cash projections caused the campaign to cancel a key opening event at the North Carolina convention. If the enormous taxpayer cost to support Mr. Obama’s fundraising (Air Force One, Secret Service logistics, etc.) is not enough abuse, he is now sticking cities like Boston with the tab for security at is events.

Tomorrow might end up being recorded in American history as one of the most critical tests of the power and strength of the American Constitution. So many of Mr. Obama’s actions have been reversed by the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, while we witness senior administration executives ordering laws to be ignored. Weeks of Holder’s hubris combined with the overall Obama administration arrogance is nothing short of stunning and outrageous. Tomorrow we will witness Democrats and Republicans standing together to vote for contempt of Congress for the first time in modern history against a US attorney general while others decide to make a show of racism.

Are we in a different world or what? Had somebody told me six years ago we would be witnessing these events of May and June 2012, I would have laughed them to scorn. There is no way any sane person could have predicted what we have seen and what we are about to see. Early tomorrow morning, we are likely to receive the judgment of the Supreme Court over Mr. Obama’s single largest action. His silence on ObamaCare this year been deafening. Since the cliche “landmark decision” has been used in dozens of articles as of late, I won’t attempt to speculate when reality will be here soon enough. Of paramount importance to me is what we will learn of the Supreme Court itself tomorrow. Will the justices vote along preconceived and predicted ideological lines or will they stand with the Constitution and the fundamental personal freedoms for which America was founded and for which she has become known?

You may recall an article Paul Johnson wrote for MittRomneyCentral March 30, 2012 in which he discusses the enormous importance of a President’s decision to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court. His article is excellent and most relevant today. Rarely do I quote from the left leaning New York Times, but today they published a decent article titled, “Future of an Aging Court Raises Stakes of Presidential Vote” that is quite good in briefly describing the importance of the role of the next President in shaping the future of our nation; it is worth the read.

If Governor Romney is elected in November and if he were to serve two, four-year terms, he could end up nominating more justices to the Supreme Court than any recent POTUS. It is my expectation that he will have that privilege many times in the next eight years.

Artwork by Michael Ramirez

Total number of days left until Mitt Romney is President Elect Romney: 132

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Romney Camp Proves The Washington Post’s Offshoring Story is Bogus, But WaPo Refuses to Retract It!

For those of you just tuning in, The Washington Post — notorious for being caught in bed with The Obama Campaign — put out a hit-piece on Romney’s business record this week. The Obama camp has referenced this misleading piece in their new ad, calling Romney a “pioneer of outsourcing.” And that’s not all… quotes from the same piece have even made their way on to Obama’s teleprompter!

Essentially, this bogus WaPo story is helping Chicago build their bunk narrative that Romney is a heartless corporate raider (as opposed his actual label: an extremely successful American businessman).

Here is a look at the slides that the Romney camp sent to The Washington Post’s editors, including testimonials from the owners/former CEOs of the accused companies. Notice that four of the companies refute the claim, and two of them weren’t even involved with Bain Capital until Romney had finished his tenure.

Riddle me this: After reviewing these facts, how is it that WaPo still refuses to retract their inaccurate story?

I like the research that James Pethokoukis at American Enterprise Institute did on this a few days ago — definitely worth a read. Pethokoukis suggests a few more accurate headline options for the WaPo piece, rather than “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas”:

– “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that expanded overseas jobs overseas after he left”

– ”Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that had international employees before it bought them”

– “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that created foreign call centers to deal with foreign customers”

UPDATE: For a complete, line-by-line takedown of the WaPo’s story, this is also a must read.

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