So Romney Lies — So What? Who Cares?
For at least the last couple of decades, the Republican Party has been anti-modern, but Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, is modern, even post-modern. I don’t mean that as a compliment. The man is a serial liar in a society that increasingly tolerates lying and cheating.Maybe Romney and his lying-mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, are on to something about the American character these days. One example of that is the ludicrous belief held by many that President Obama is “the other,” not born in the United States and a secret Muslim.“Factual truth is no longer as relevant as it used to be,” says modern communications wizard Henry Jenkins of the University of Southern California. “Modern media consumers will buy anything that ‘rings true’ to them.”So without going through the whole list of Romney-Ryan whoppers, I will quote Joe Conason, an Obama-lover writing on Truthdig.com. He sees a “deep well of dishonesty” in the Romney campaign. Conason’s most interesting thought after he shows Obamacare and Romneycare in Massachusetts are the same thing, verified by various fact-checkers, is this:“He … knows that when he claims economic growth alone will erase the deficit, without raising taxes, he is inventing impossible numbers. As The National Memo’s Howard Hill demonstrated, the assumptions behind his claims are ridiculous. For the numbers to work, he would have to create not 12 million jobs, as he promised to do by 2016, but 162 million — more than the total current U.S. workforce. Or else the jobs created would have to pay more than $443,000 per year on average.”So who cares? Not the increasing number of Americans who are lying and cheating — or are just plain stupid. One of the more disturbing stories of this last summer was one by Richard Perez-Pena of The New York Times about cheating in the country’s best high schools and colleges, including Stuyvesant High School, Harvard University and the Air Force Academy.“There have always been struggling students who cheat to survive,” Donald McCabe, a professor at Rutgers University Business School, told Perez-Pena. “But more and more there are students at the top who cheat to thrive.”A Duquesne University study of student cheating came to the same conclusion, citing Internet access as providing the tools to make cheating easier than it was in the old days. In a survey by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, 60 percent of high school students admitted cheating during the past year.
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