Jim DeMint, who abruptly left the Senate to take a much higher paying job as head of the Heritage Foundation, has an op-ed column in the Washington Post spelling out his plans for the conservative think tank. Those plans apparently include passing on long-debunked lies to a credulous public:
This is how the foundation helped pioneer welfare reform. A Heritage scholar was a primary architect of the 1996 welfare law that President Bill Clinton was eventually forced to sign after vetoing it twice — a law that later, ironically, became a hallmark of his presidency.
Heritage was also the early promoter of missile defense and the belief that you could hit a bullet with a bullet, which proved so useful in defending Israel just two months ago.
Unfortunately, welfare reform and missile defense have something in common beyond Heritage’s intellectual paternity. They both have been gutted by President Obama. Always faint-hearted about missile defense, the president in his first year dismantled our programs in Poland and the Czech Republic. He disabled welfare reform last year, when he took away the work requirements that were at the heart of that law’s success.
That lie was told by many Republican candidates for president last year too. When Rick Santorum made it a standard part of his stump speech, PolitiFact rated it a pants on fire lie. The same outlet that allowed DeMint the space to repeat that lie gave it four Pinocchios. And even one of the Republican architects of the welfare reform law said it wasn’t true. To paraphrase The Princess Bride, DeMint is not a man of honor; lies do become him.
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