Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 22, 2012 6:30 AM

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Let's not be too gullible

The DI's June 19 edition headlines Mitt Romney insinuating that President Obama has a dark, secret plan to "Europe-ify" America. Shades of horror. Let's not be too gullible here. A month ago, TV news analyst Rachel Maddow, after contrasting several Romney statements with the actual truth, publicly declared Romney to be a "serial liar."

It looks like he's still out there twisting reality. First, he condemns "big government," glossing over the fact that the entire recession was caused by big corporate America. In 2008, our problem was weak government, not big government. Now, he's trying to hang Europe's euro crisis around Obama's neck, even though Obama's policy to stimulate the economy was the exact opposite of European austerity measures of slashing government programs and jobs. Now, their austerity plan has backfired, and every country in Europe is now in deep recession as a result.

What's really scary is that we might actually elect a serial liar to the presidency. If Romney is elected, contrary to his claims, he will "Europe-ify" America because the Republican/Tea Party plan is a radical austerity program, even though it has been a disaster in Europe.

The result has been a nightmare. Only one country, Germany, is prospering. Ironically, Germany has huge government programs, and — Oh my God — it also have big labor unions who work with the private sector for the good of the country. So, "Europe-ification" is scary, indeed, but not for the reason Romney would have us believe.

Is distorting the truth the same as lying? You decide.

James Conger
Iowa City resident

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