President Barack Obama’s debate performance on Wednesday was so lackluster and listless that it overshadowed all his bold and audacious lies. These lies have since been fact-checked and recognized, even by the liberals in mainstream media organizations. Here are Obama’s top-five lies from Tuesday’s debate with Mitt Romney.
Lie #1: Obama said his plan would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.
At the debate, Obama incrediby said: “I’ve proposed a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. … The way we do it is $2.50 for every cut, we ask for $1 in additional revenue.”
In the Washington Post, even the liberal Glenn Kessler did not take Obama serious, writing “virtually no serious budget analyst agreed with this accounting.”
Lie #2: Obama falsely claimed Romney’s plan would raise taxes on middle class families.
Obama on Tuesday said under Romney’s plan, “the average middle-class family with children would pay about $2,000 more.”
But the The Associated Press agreed with studies the Romney campaign has cited that showed his plans would not raise taxes on anyone.
Lie #3: Obama said Obamacare would make health care premiums more affordable.
On Tuesday, Obama said:
The fact of the matter is that when Obamacare is fully implemented, we are going to be in a position to show that costs are going down. Over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it is true — but they have gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years. We are already seeing progress.
Factcheck.org found, “Obama wrongly said that over the last two years, health care premiums have ‘gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.'” The Los Angeles Times discovered that Obama’s promise that he would “cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of his first term … stands as one of the president’s biggest unfulfilled promises.”
“In fact, the average employee share of an employer-provided health plan jumped from $3,515 in 2009 to $4,316 in 2012, an increase of more than 22%, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust,” The Times wrote.
And The Associated Press noted that “in 2011, premiums jumped by 9 percent” and “this year’s 4 percent increase was more manageable, but the price tag for family coverage stands at $15,745, with employees paying more than $4,300 of that.”
Lie #4: Obama said he created five million private sector jobs.
Unbelievably, Obama still believes the private sector is doing fine. At the debate, Obama said “over the last 30 months, we’ve seen 5 million jobs in the private sector.”
But even Glenn Kessler, of the Washington Post, said Obama was trying to “obscure the fact that the overall job record so far in this presidential term has been negative.”
According to USA Today, there have been “4.6 million private-sector jobs created since February 2010” and that number has been revised to 5.1 million. However, that revision is not a part of the Bureau Labor Statistics’ official tally and the number is still low by historical standards.
Lie #5: Obama said social security is “structurally sound.”
During the debate, Obama said “Social Security is structurally sound. It’s going to have to be tweaked the way it was by Ronald Reagan and Speaker — Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill. But the basic structure is sound.”
But even the liberal Andrea Mitchell, on MSNBC, cited a Congressional Budget Office study that found Social Security would run into financial trouble.
“President Obama said he would tweak Social Security. What does that mean?,” Mitchell said on Thursday’s “Morning Joe.” “Saying that Social Security is in good shape, fundamentally sound. We all know that’s not true looking into the future.”