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October 17, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check
Republicans spent their Sunday morning TV appearances blaming Democrats for the economy and trying to convince Wall Street protesters to join them in their scapegoating. Contrary to what Herman Cain and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed, the facts show that private firms, not government entities, inflated the subprime mortgage bubble, and Wall Street, not Democrats, turned those loans into an elaborate casino game that left the entire country on the hook for their bad bets. Similarly, Cantor and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were wrong to suggest that Democratic policies on taxes and regulations are hurting the economy, and that Republican proposals will do more to create jobs than President Obama's proposed American Jobs Act. In addition, Cain claimed that his "9-9-9" tax plan won't hurt the poor and implied that Obama has cut defense spending, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) blamed the credit downgrade on the president, and Sen. McCain said that Obama never spoke up on behalf of Iranian protesters in 2009. In each case, the facts disagree.
November 23, 2010 12:05 pm ET filed under Blog
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November 22, 2010 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check
On Meet the Press, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) accused the Obama administration of coddling terrorists when in fact we have killed nearly 30 Taliban and al Qaeda leaders since the president took office, and military commissions have produced weaker results than did the much-discussed civilian trial of Ahmed Ghailani last week. Jindal rounded out his performance by dipping into dishonest right-wing rhetoric about Obama seeking to "apologize for America." Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, another southern Republican governor told some very different tall tales. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) repeated his claim that Social Security amounts to "a Ponzi scheme," and when host Chris Wallace pointed out the basic dishonesty of Perry's rhetoric — far from a massive fraud, Social Security is a long-successful and honest system that is in some long-term trouble because of changing demographics — Perry smiled and claimed Wallace had just proven the program is a criminal enterprise.
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September 11, 2009 1:11 pm ET filed under Blog
Gov. Jindal is exploiting economic hardship to pad his political resume. First, he attempted to establish his conservative bona fides by criticizing federal spending favored by Democrats. Now he is embracing that very same spending in order to look like a hero to those in his state.
July 20, 2009 11:14 am ET filed under Fact Check
On July 20, 2009, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) stepped back on to the national scene for the first time since his botched response to President Obama's address to Congress in February. Writing in Politico, Gov. Jindal falsely declared, "it is a fact" that people won't be able to keep their current health coverage if a public option is included in health care reform. As evidence, Gov. Jindal cited a previously debunked statistic from an insurance industry-funded study.