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A weekly roundup of what House Republicans are and aren't doing with their committees.
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During a July 28 speech on the House floor, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) produced a chart comparing the debt accumulated under the Obama and Bush administrations. According to Camp, "President Obama's actions" have led to "twice the debt in half the time" as his predecessor. However, Camp's wildly misleading assertion blames President Obama for a projected FY 2009 deficit that was already over $1 trillion when he took office, while ignoring the fiscal impact that Bush's policies are still having. Not surprisingly, Camp voted for the Bush policies that caused the deficit to explode.
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The absurd ginned-up right-wing outrage over President Obama's reiteration of a long-standing tenet of mainstream Middle East peace plans continued on Sunday morning, even as the president drew applause from the crowd at AIPAC for repeating his call for a Palestinian state based on "the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps." Newt Gingrich, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) each misrepresented the president's words in order to attack him. Honest conservatives were no easier to find on domestic policy issues either. McConnell joined Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in claiming the House GOP budget 'saves Medicare' (although it in fact replaces the program with something utterly different) and that the White House would ration seniors' care (another falsehood). McConnell also claimed tax cuts aren't driving the debt and lied about President Obama's position on the Bush tax cuts. Meanwhile, Ryan claimed the Republican Medicare scheme polls better when you explain the details (nope), insisted Democrats haven't put forth any debt reduction plans (wrong again), and said his plan cuts $6 trillion in spending when on net it only cuts $155 billion. On CBS, Gingrich repeated an exaggeration of his record as Speaker of the House. And, not to be outdone, pizza magnate Herman Cain misled Fox viewers about the Fair Tax and claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling would increase "market confidence," even though the market is saying the opposite.
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October 26, 2010 6:07 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The NRCC has recycled a stale ad featuring an even staler car analogy to attack Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI). In the advertisement, the NRCC claims that the Democrats hold "absolute power" and that Schauer has has gone "too far, too fast." The ad criticizes Schauer for voting for "out of control spending," a "national energy tax," and a "government takeover of health care." However, the Recovery Act provided a vital boost to the economy and clean energy legislation would create tens of thousands of jobs in Michigan alone.
October 26, 2010 12:27 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The National Republican Congressional Committee fails to get creative in a new attack ad against Michigan House candidate Gary McDowell (D), relying instead on tired distortions and stale talking points to mislead voters. In addition to misrepresenting the Recovery Act as "failed" — when in fact it created millions of American jobs and boosted the economy — the NRCC falsely suggests that stimulus dollars were used to create jobs overseas and provide Wall Street executives bonuses. What's more, that "massive new national debt" the NRCC hypes is actually the result of Bush policies and the recession, not the Recovery Act.
October 21, 2010 10:05 am ET filed under Ad Check
To round out its collection of misleading and false ads, Americans for Tax Reform is out with an ad attacking Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) over Michigan's dire unemployment rate. But Peters' support for programs like the Recovery Act has actually helped to temper unemployment. In fact, in the time since the Recovery Act took effect, Michigan's unemployment rate has decreased. Furthermore, clean energy legislation will create, not kill, jobs in Michigan and across America. The ad also attacks Peters with the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which on-screen text dubs "one of the biggest tax increases in American history." Not only would the tax increase — which was written into law by Republicans — not be the largest in history, but the ad fails to mention that leading Democrats favor extending the tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans.
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October 16, 2010 2:33 pm ET filed under Ad Check
The American Action Network released an ad that tries to discredit the health care reform bill and urges Reps. Perlmutter (D-CO) and Schauer (D-MI) to vote for repeal of the bill. Not only does the ad muddle several facts about the bill, it also misleads voters into believing that the bill includes certain harmful provisions that, in fact, do not exist. These non-existent provisions include expanding health care reform to undocumented immigrants and billions in cuts to Medicare. Both of these claims are complete lies.