Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

November 08, 2010 11:32 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

The Sunday shows were crowded with naked falsehoods yesterday. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed on Fox News that President Obama "has killed jobs" despite the fact that a resurgent private sector has added 1.1 million jobs so far this year. On CBS, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that 750,000 small businesses pay income taxes in the top two brackets, but that number only works if you include massive corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which play accounting games to avoid corporate tax rates, in your definition of "small businesses."

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) absurdly claimed on NBC that Rep. Ryan's entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. DeMint and Sen.-elect Rand Paul each claimed government workers make twice as much as private workers, a misleading statistic that doesn't acknowledge the differences in the private and public workforce.

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) claimed on CNN that when Texas sends money to the federal government, "we don't get much of it back." In fact, Texas gets nearly all of it back — 94% to be exact.

Worst of all, Rep. Pence claimed on ABC that tax cuts for the wealthy are good for the economy and don't increase the deficit. In the real world, of course, Pence is wrong on both counts. Currently tax rates are too low for his supply-side logic to be applicable.

Read our full fact check HERE.

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