February 08, 2011 2:56 pm ET filed under Blog
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In a one-minute speech at the outset of today's House session, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) predicted President Obama will portray the past two years of economic policy as "pulling the economy back from the brink," and disagreed with that view of the recent past. "Far from pulling our economy back, the weight of debt and taxes and regulation have stifled our economic recovery," Pence said. "Mr. President, we will not win the future with the failed economic policies of the past." Yet the private sector has added jobs each month for the past year, for a total of 1.3 million new private jobs in 2010. This steady job growth stands in stark contrast with the 800,000 job losses per month — a product of President Bush's "failed economic policies of the past" — that greeted President Obama at the start of his term.
January 25, 2011 7:15 am ET filed under Blog
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A Year Later, Rep. Pence Still Lying About Imaginary "Permanent Bailout Authority" In Wall Street Reform Bill
Last January, Republican message maven Frank Luntz released a memo advising the GOP that "the single best way to kill any legislation is to link it to the Big Bank Bailout." With Democrats pushing to reform the casino-style practices on Wall Street that led to the recession, Republicans dug in and attacked the effort as a "permanent bailout" at every opportunity, but the bill became law last July. Now Republicans are talking about repealing the bill, and recycling the "permanent bailout" lie in the process. Today on C-SPAN, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) used Luntz's language to call for repeal, but the fact remains that the law actually ends the bailout culture — which is why Wall Street started giving money hand-over-fist to Republicans like Pence in the last election cycle.
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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. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. Worst of all, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) 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.
November 04, 2010 10:13 am ET filed under Blog
October 31, 2010 4:56 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The 501(c)4 Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity is out with a substanceless new attack ad aimed at Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN). The ad blames Hill and President Obama for the exploding national debt, despite the fact that the debt and deficit are the result of Bush-era Republican policies. In addition, the ad deceptively suggests that Hill will vote in favor of "all the taxes Pelosi can think of" — yet the Democrats' proposals on many prominent tax issues are more favorable to middle-class taxpayers and go further toward reducing the deficit than do Republican proposals.
October 29, 2010 6:21 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The Rove-associated Crossroads GPS and its anonymous funders are at it again with an attack ad that misleads voters and disparages Democratic-supported economic policies. This time, however, GPS targets not one, but eight Congressmen — Reps. Jim Oberstar (MN), Russ Carnahan (MO), Joe Donnelly (IN), Earl Pomeroy (ND), Lincoln Davis (TN), John Boccieri (OH), Ciro Rodriguez (TX), and Jim Costa (CA) — associating them with Nancy Pelosi and her "failed agenda." The ad specifically targets these members' support of the Recovery Act, repeating the oft-cited claim that the bill was "wasteful" and also suggesting that it included "sweetheart deals" for special interests. In fact, the Recovery Act created millions of jobs and staved off higher unemployment, while also providing billions of dollars worth of tax cuts and limiting bonuses for executives of companies receiving TARP money — so much for those "handouts to special interests."
October 27, 2010 7:17 pm ET filed under Blog
October 26, 2010 11:30 am ET filed under Ad Check
The National Republican Congressional Committee has released an ad that attacks Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) for his support of the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act. The ad mischaracterizes the Recovery Act as the "failed stimulus that created renewable energy jobs in China," and scare mongers about cuts to seniors' Medicare benefits. But the stimulus package put millions of Americans back to work and saved the country from economic disaster, and the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without reducing seniors' benefits.
October 25, 2010 8:07 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The NRCC is on the air with a new ad attacking Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), claiming that he has been "changed" by Washington. As evidence of this "change," the NRCC drags out their tired old claims about the "failed stimulus" suggesting that the legislation has done nothing to help the economy. The NRCC falsely claims that the Recovery Act created jobs in China and debt in America, when in actuality, the legislation boosted the economy and GDP — whereas the rising debt is a legacy of the Bush administration.
October 22, 2010 12:56 pm ET filed under Blog
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October 18, 2010 3:57 pm ET filed under Ad Check
American Action Network has released a new attack ad against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) that misrepresents the stimulus as "wasteful" and disingenuously suggests that the policies the Congressman supported are responsible for the debt. In reality, the stimulus package put millions of Americans to work and helped bring the economy back from the brink of disaster, and it was Republican policies from the Bush era that caused deficits to skyrocket.
October 14, 2010 10:40 am ET filed under Ad Check
In its new ad, the National Republican Congressional Committee attempts to strike fear into the hearts of Indiana voters by raising the terrifying issue of China, complete with red flags, Chinese folk music and gratuitous gong sound effects. Asking if Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) is running for Congress in Indiana or China, the ad ridiculously suggests Hill's vote in favor of the Recovery Act helped create jobs in China while the United States suffers under "massive debt." In reality, the Recovery Act helped bolster the economy against further economic downturn and created thousands of jobs, including a number in the renewable energy sector. Furthermore, the debt the NRCC is so eager to pin on Hill is really a legacy of Bush-era Republican policies.
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