General Motors and Chrysler to Romney: Shenanigans! (Society’s Slideshow)

By Dave Palmer

Election season is rife with advertisement that sometimes doesn’t tell the whole truth. Sometimes they take the form of attack ads that rake an opponent over the coals on their policies and beliefs using heavily spun facts or rhetoric. Sometimes they take the form of an ad explaining what a candidate stands for, and all the reasons their opponent does not stand for similar things.

Sometimes, as in Mitt Romney’s case, they take the form of a large pile of a bull’s fecal matter.

Mitt Romney promptly hit the campaign trail after Hurricane Sandy blew over with an advertisement that claimed that President Obama took Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold them to the Italians, who intend to produce Jeeps in China. It also asserts that thousands of new jobs will be formed in China instead of here in the United States, and that General Motors will be next in line for a shift to Chinese production.

Romney’s newest ad aired after he was filmed talking to supporters in Ohio claiming that Jeep plans to move “all” production operations to China, according to Industry Week.

Understandably, some Chrysler workers in Ohio and other places became a bit miffed over the idea that their jobs were being shipped to China despite the fact that they just got them back, and Chrysler has posted profit for the third straight quarter.

Chrysler responded as follows:

“Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.” They also called the ad “a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.”

Not to be outdone, GM spokesman Greg Martin stated, “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

So in other words, Romney’s ad is complete poppycock, much like the rest of his campaign. One of his pollsters even went as far as to say, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Based on this latest atrocity in advertisement,  it seems Romney and his campaign trail buddies aren’t even going to allow his campaign to be dictated by the facts.

Wake up and get a clue, Mr. Romney. You can fool most of the people some of the time, and most of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. In fact, the more you try to fool people and get found out, the less likely they are to believe you. Just ask the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

As of this writing, Mitt Romney has provided virtually no specifics on how he plans to grow the economy, how he plans to bring 12 million new jobs to America, which programs  he will cut other than PBS (roughly 0.012% of the total budget, which tax loopholes he plans to cut, how his plan for health care is any different than the Affordable Care Act other than shifting it to a state-level program, or where he plans to get the $2 trillion in new funding for the military that they don’t want.

Politics aside, I cannot trust any candidate that refuses to disclose details about their plans once elected to the office for which they are running. I, like many Americans, want to know what the candidate’s goals are, and how they plan on getting them accomplished. If Mitt Romney were interviewing someone for a position at Bain Capital, I believe that he wouldn’t settle for “You’ll see what I plan to do for your company once you hire me.” By the same token, no one in this country should settle for “I’ll tell you what my goals are and how I plan to get there after you elect me.”

Romney’s attempts at lying his way into the presidency are insulting, reprehensible, and egregious and downright degrading. It’s as if he believes the American people are stupid beyond measure, and will simply take him at his word. It’s as if he believes that the American people will simply sit down, shut up, listen to what he says, and agree with him no matter what manner of tripe exits his mouth.

Well, Mr. Romney, I have some news for you. Even people like the CEO of GM and Chrysler who tend to support Republicans have had enough of your campaign and all of its lies.

PBS went on record as not wishing to be brought into the fight for fear of losing federal tax money.  Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society was extremely upset when your running mate, Mr. Ryan barged into their kitchen for a photo op that they would have turned down because they are non-partisan. By the way, they actually lost some donors because the donors believed Mr. Ryan was allowed into the soup kitchen to have his picture taken washing dishes that were already clean.

Joseph Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Truth seems to be the mortal enemies of your lies, Mr. Romney. Hopefully, the rest of the nation will come to its senses and remember all the filthy lies you spread and that it is your wish to become leader of the most powerful State in the world.

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