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Romney Continues Campaign of Lies

Guest Columnist | , George E. Curry | 10/24/2012, 4:39 p.m.

Romney has repeatedly charge that Obama has "cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare."

But FactCheck.org concluded: "Various incarnations of this claim have cropped up in Romney's campaign speeches - including claims that Obama is 'cutting' 'funneling' or 'raiding' $716 billion from Medicare to pay for the health care law. But Medicare money isn't being taken away. The Affordable Care Act calls for a $716 billion reduction in the growth of Medicare spending over 10 years, a move that - if successful - would keep the hospital insurance trust fund solvent for an additional eight years... Furthermore, as we explained in detail in our story 'Medicare's 'Piggy Bank,' " Medicare doesn't have $716 billion sitting around that could be 'raided.' The president can't take money out of the trust fund - which had $244.2 billion at the end of 2011."

Even on those rare occasions when Romney is telling the truth, there is deception. For example, he claims that he will create 12 million new jobs in his first term.

But as fact checkers for USA Today pointed out, "Romney's pledge to create 12 million jobs has been hotly contested in large part because economic forecasters, including Moody's Analytics, predict roughly 12 million jobs will be created over the next four years - no matter who is elected president."

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul.