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Biden's cheshire cat performace

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Oct 12, 2012 at 15:09

In addition to his smirk and his rudeness to Ryan, he told several outright lies. I found two of them at the time and I now see analysts found several more.

In the Romney/Obama debate, Obama said at least twice that Romney's tax plan would require an increase in taxes of $5 trillion for lower and middle income taxpayers. Romney politely corrected him. However Biden once more repeated the accusation.

Here is the accusation.

"Last night, the Obama campaign blasted out another email claiming that Mitt Romney's tax plan would either require raising taxes on the middle class or blowing a hole in the deficit. "Even the studies that Romney has cited to claim his plan adds up still show he would need to raise middle-class taxes," said the Obama campaign press release. "In fact, Harvard economist Martin Feldstein and Princeton economist Harvey Rosen both concede that paying for Romney's tax cuts would require large tax increases on families making between $100,000 and $200,000."

But that's not true. Princeton professor Harvey Rosen tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email that the Obama campaign is misrepresenting his paper on Romney's tax plan:

I can't tell exactly how the Obama campaign reached that characterization of my work. It might be that they assume that Governor Romney wants to keep the taxes from the Affordable Care Act in place, despite the fact that the Governor has called for its complete repeal. The main conclusion of my study is that under plausible assumptions, a proposal along the lines suggested by Governor Romney can both be revenue neutral and keep the net tax burden on taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 about the same. That is, an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral.

• Wall Street Journal: Princeton Economist Harvey Rosen on How the Romney Tax Plan Can be Revenue Neutral Without Increasing Taxes on Lower or Middle Income Americans.

The second outright lie I found, was to deny that the State Department personnel at Benghazi had asked for additional security.

This morning I found some analysts found additional misstatements.

Perhaps I shouldn't refer to these as lies because Biden may just be misinformed despite the fact that both of these matters were well publicized.. But if so, we still don't want him as our Vice President who is only a heartbeat away from being President.

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