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.
September 10, 2009 2:29 pm ET filed under Blog
Rep. John Fleming Selectively Quotes Congressional Research Service, Says Coverage Of Illegal Immigrants Is "Definitely Covered."
Speaking on the House floor on September 10th, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) defended his embattled colleague Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) who accused President Obama of lying during his Congressional address on health care reform. Fleming selectively quoted the Congressional Research Service in order to advance the false claim that the proposed health care reform would cover undocumented immigrants. In fact, the report he cited notes that "unauthorized aliens would be barred from receiving the premium credit." That is, they would not receive taxpayer funds to purchase health care.
September 09, 2009 7:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On September 9, 2009, Rep. Charles Boustany took to the airwaves to rebut President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. While Rep. Boustany may be new face to many Americans, he is spouting the same old Republican falsehoods.
September 03, 2009 11:27 am ET filed under Fact Check
Americans for Tax Reform claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Louisiana. In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create 29,000 Louisiana jobs.
July 28, 2009 12:00 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Each morning, the House Republican Conference provides the press with the roster of its "Health Care Rapid Response Team," which lists House Republicans who "are available to talk about health care this week." However, a quick glance at who's filling their campaign coffers raises the question: just whose interests do these members have at heart?
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.
May 15, 2009 6:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In the weekly Republican address set to air on May 16, 2009, Rep. Charles Boustany conjures a sense of déjà-vu in his listeners by repeating already-debunked claims about health care.
April 24, 2009 2:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On April 24, 2009, during a House Energy Committee hearing, Rep. Steve Scalise asked former Vice President Al Gore about a meeting he had with Enron's Kenneth Lay in 1997. Seemingly, Rep. Scalise was trying to discredit Vice President Gore and the whole concept of "cap-and-trade" by tying them to the corrupt energy executive. Unfortunately for Rep. Scalise, Lay played an important role in helping defeat Vice President Gore in 2000. That 1997 meeting must not have gone so well.