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Letter: Romney's claim about Obama's welfare plan 'ugly slur,' he says

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TO THE EDITOR: Gov. Mitt Romney continues to repeat the lie that "Under Obama's plan (for welfare), you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check."

Politifact.com gave that whopper a "Pants On Fire" on their truth-o-meter. The Washington Post Factchecker offered a similar denunciation, awarding Romney's claim "four Pinnochios." FactCheck.org also rated Romney's comment as completely false.

The truth is that Republican governors in Utah and Nevada asked the Obama administration for some new flexibility on welfare standards because they had new ideas on how to move folks from welfare to work. The President agreed. Existing work requirements are still in place, but states now have some flexibility.

So, why does the Governor continue to lie about the President's plan? It's what the people of his conservative base like to hear. Romney is feeding the historic fires of resentment among extreme right-wing Republicans who refer to the poor as "the moocher class," "parasites" and "welfare queens."

Romney is trying to damage President Obama's reputation by connecting him with long-standing disparaging, derogatory and belittling stereotypes which paint recipients of government aid as able-bodied people who are lazy, indolent and unwilling to work. It's a patently false claim and an ugly slur.

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