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Hope you're ready for this week's Republican National Convention, because I sure am.
Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the whole lot of the Republican Party are going to be there, trying to take their old, worn-out ideas and sell them to us as something new. It's a slick Hollywood makeover -- but unfortunately for Romney, it's going to take a lot more than a convention reinvention to change folks' minds. We put together a fun video on what we can expect from Romney and company this week, and why this remake should stay on the cutting room floor. Check it out -- and share it far and wide.
The Republicans will also be using their primetime coverage this week to launch their same old attacks. This will be the first time many folks are tuning into the election this year -- so we need to double down on our efforts to fight back.
To make that easier, we put together the top five falsehoods to look out for this week. Take a peek, and don't be shy about passing them on:
#1 Small business
President Obama has consistently fought to help small businesses grow by cutting taxes and making it easier for them to invest and create jobs. As fact checkers and news organizations have noted, Romney took the President's words out of context in an attempt to imply that the President was somehow insulting small business owners -- rather than advocating for investments that help them succeed. Take a look at what the President actually said and learn more about the stark contrast between President Obama's support for small businesses and Mitt Romney's plan that would make it harder for small businesses to hire and grow -- and share it with family and friends:
Under Obamacare, seniors will see their Medicare benefits package improve while the program sees eight additional years of solvency. But Romney, who wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system, is claiming that the President cut billions from benefits. The categorically false attack cannot hide the fact that Romney and Ryan would force new retirees to pay more out of pocket for services. Click here to learn more about this attack, then spread the word:
President Obama is a strong supporter of welfare-to-work programs and recently gave states flexibility to help move more people from assistance to employment as quickly as possible -- a policy that many Republican governors, including Romney himself, have requested. But Romney has decided to falsely claim that the President has somehow weakened welfare-to-work requirements -- an allegation a multitude of independent fact checkers declared "discredited," "mind-boggling," and "blatantly false." Learn more about this attack, and make sure folks know:
#4 Health care
President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act to make sure insurance companies play by the rules. In his quest to overturn Obamacare on day one if elected, Romney has launched a myriad of false statements and distortions about the health care law. Here are the facts: Obamacare improves the private health care system, strengthens the insurance plan you currently have, reduces the deficit, and offers the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history. See what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to health care, and ask others to take a look, too:
Even after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate to reaffirm his birthplace, conspiracy theorists and members of the Republican Party continue to push this false and dangerous attack. Not only have a number of them been invited to speak at the Republican convention, Romney actually enlisted himself in this birther movement last week: "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised," he said. Get the facts and please, pass it on:
Thank you for helping hold Romney and the other Republicans accountable during the convention this week. Enjoy the show.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Mitt Romney - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)