Romney's Chart Fraud

| Tue Sep. 6, 2011 3:54 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney unveiled his "jobs plan," which unsurprisingly mostly involves tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Oliver Willis catches Romney engaging in a pretty blatant example of chart fraud, highlighting job loss during 2007 and 2008, the last two years of the Bush administration, as part of the "Obama recovery."

Here's the thing: With employment still hovering around nine percent, it's not like Romney needs to lie in order to go after Obama's record on the economy. Recent polls have shown nothing but grim news for the president on this front. Why be so conspicuously dishonest about it?