August 19, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Blog
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In today's Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) engaged one of the witnesses in a relatively calm discussion about repealing the SGR (the Medicare payment formula for physicians) and repealing IPAB. However, towards the end, Burgess began angrily waving what appeared to be the printed version of the Affordable Care Act and claimed that the health care law was never really about health care but instead it was "a tax bill" and "about control." Burgess then raised the old specter of "death panels" by saying that administration "want[s] to control what you do...and they want to be able to tell [doctors] when to stop. Don't do anymore. That patient's had enough."
June 29, 2011 10:44 am ET filed under Blog
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June 27, 2011 12:35 pm ET filed under Ad Check
In a new ad titled "Shovel Ready," the misinformation mechanics at Crossroads GPS use an edited video of President Obama and a basic statistical swindle to support the claim that "Obama's $830 billion stimulus failed." The ad opens with President Obama speaking last summer at the 10,000th road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it snips out 11 crucial words from his statement about the economy, thereby erasing the catastrophic recession that President Bush and supply-side, deregulatory economics left for Obama to clean up. Crossroads GPS follows up the editing tricks with a trio of claims about debt, unemployment and gas prices spiking during Obama's tenure, but that only holds water if you make Obama responsible for the months he held office before his policies could impact the economy. Economists and fact-checkers agree that that's dishonest.
June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog
June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check
The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.
June 13, 2011 10:01 am ET filed under Blog
June 13, 2011 9:43 am ET filed under Fact Check
Sunday saw multiple GOPers blaming President Obama for job losses that are rightly blamed on President Bush's recession and pretending that Obama policies haven't started to turn the job market around. Republicans have never stopped misleading people about the impact of the Recovery Act, but ignoring two million new private-sector jobs since February 2010 is shameless. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) each offered one jobs lie or another. Pawlenty claimed that tax cuts pay for themselves (they don't), that President Obama is "out of ideas" on economic and entitlement issues (false), that we "have to" cut Social Security (nope), that the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion from Medicare (wrong again), and that he didn't really leave a $6 billion deficit behind at the end of his term as Governor of Minnesota (nice try). Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) falsely claimed on CBS that the GOP Medicare plan doesn't affect current seniors, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN that ending oil subsidies will increase gas prices, and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) told CNN that the debt ceiling deadline isn't real because "the global economy will understand" if we default.
May 25, 2011 11:17 am ET filed under Blog
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May 24, 2011 11:09 am ET filed under Fact Check
On May 25, Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) House Oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing into how the Federal Reserve's policies purportedly "add to hard times at the pump." Jordan's witnesses include a right-wing economist who works at think tanks that have been funded by Big Oil and a small business owner who has donated large sums to Jordan and other Ohio Republicans.
May 18, 2011 4:10 pm ET filed under Blog
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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog
May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check
The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."
May 11, 2011 11:48 am ET filed under Blog
May 10, 2011 2:39 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In what was billed as a major speech to reassure Wall Street about the ongoing political battle over the debt limit and the proper approach to debt reduction, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) threw out so many naked falsehoods that it is difficult to enumerate them concisely. Here is a table of contents to help you navigate our comprehensive fact check of the Republican leader's lies.
May 05, 2011 12:19 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The anti-tax hardliners at the National Taxpayers Union are pumping $1.25 million into an ad campaign that blames President Obama for high gas prices. But the White House hasn't "banned" fossil fuel production in the U.S. as the ad claims, and the $4 billion in taxpayer money we spend every year to subsidize oil companies isn't doing anything to hold gas prices down. According to NTU, Obama's proposal to end those subsidies is merely "new energy taxes that would drive up prices even more," but energy experts say that ending taxpayer giveaways to oil companies won't impact pump prices.
May 05, 2011 11:02 am ET filed under Blog
May 05, 2011 10:46 am ET filed under Video
Last night on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) argued for an "all the above" energy policy immediately after bemoaning ethanol subsidies, saying "it makes no sense to me to drive down the road burning up my grits and cornbread in my Yukon."
May 03, 2011 4:11 pm ET filed under Blog
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April 28, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Fact Check
Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed complaining about President Obama's decision to "finance oil exploration off Brazil." Although the article noted that it was only a "preliminary commitment," conservatives expressed outrage over Obama's supposed decision to finance drilling in Brazil and not at home instead. The issue resurfaced when gas prices spiked in March, prompting a round of attacks against the president. In reality, however, President Obama has not financed drilling in Brazil. The loan given was issued to Brazil by The Export Import Bank, an independent, non-taxpayer funded organization, and requires that the money be used to purchase American products, stimulating America's economy and creating American jobs.
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