They all lie. The recently concluded political campaign was no exception.
Mr. Romney, a moderate Republican with presidential leanings, campaigned far to the right of his previous positions. His advisers assured him that backing the military-industrial complex, banning gay marriage, limiting abortion and opposing the imminent national health scheme would win the presidency. This led many to realize that flip-flopping was a form of lying to gain political power.
Mr. Obama, who has stated plainly that he believes in the redistribution of wealth and practiced that to the best of his ability during his first term, won re-election in spite of the depressed state of the economy.
He was the more honest gentleman during his four-year campaign. His mendacity surfaced when he expressed his concern with the financial plight of the country. No one ever lost an election on a program of taxing the rich.
As a historian he surely knows the comfort provided by the welfare state increases the percentage of people using the state and decreases those producing wealth to be consumed. At some point we the people will have to live within our means. Cheap goods from Third World countries and selling counterfeit currency will eventually fail.
I’m sure Mr. Obama would prefer the failure occurred after his presidency, but he is a true believer in the welfare state. Time will tell.