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November 28, 2011 9:24 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 27, 2011

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November 28, 2011 9:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 27, 2011

On the last Sunday of November, Republicans had a lot of airtime — and lots of lies. On Meet the Press, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform regurgitated the false Republican talking point that Obama's stimulus plan "killed jobs." Freshman Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) made an appearance on This Week to claim the deficit is not a revenue problem, a statement disputed by historically low revenue intake. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News Sunday to hype the "Toomey Plan", claiming that it would have raised revenues while paying down the debt, leaving out that the plan trades regressive tax cuts for only small revenue increases. Lastly, Herman Cain appeared on State of the Union to claim that unemployment benefits shouldn't be extended because they are a 'distraction' from the real problem of a lack of economic growth. But the Congressional Budget Office has found that unemployment benefits are a "timely and cost-effective" way to spur on the economy.

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November 21, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

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November 21, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows focused almost exclusively on the efforts of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, with a number of the committee's members appearing on separate shows. Democratic committee member Sen. John Kerry (MA) pointed out on Meet the Press that "we are not a tax-cutting committee. We're a deficit-reduction committee." However, that point doesn't seem to have gotten through to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), all of whom complained that the only thing stopping a deal was a refusal by Democrats to extend the costly and regressive Bush tax cuts. For the second time in as many weeks, Hensarling argued that the Bush tax cuts were not one of the largest drivers of the debt, while Kyl claimed that not extending them would wreck the economy. Toomey went so far as to say that that the federal government does not have a revenue problem but only a spending problem.

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November 14, 2011 10:37 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

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November 14, 2011 10:29 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal headlined the political talk shows on Sunday, but Republican leaders still found plenty of time to air dishonest talking points about conservative policies. GOP super committee members Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) misled viewers about the root of the debt problem the committee is trying to solve and what Republicans have proposed to address it. In particular, both lawmakers severely distorted the impact of the failed Bush tax cuts. Elsewhere, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Republicans want to "reduce taxes on every single American," ignoring the party leaders demanding that the poor pay higher taxes, and struggling presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that "what we need to win this war on terror" is the reinstatement of Bush-approved torture techniques.

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August 10, 2011 3:03 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Super Committee Appointees Don't Understand What Caused The Debt

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May 19, 2011 2:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Credit Raters Warn GOPers In Denial About Debt Ceiling

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November 12, 2010 5:37 pm ET filed under Blog

The AT&Tea Party?

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November 01, 2010 4:43 pm ET filed under Blog

Retired Major General Blasts Angle, Buck, Toomey

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October 28, 2010 3:14 pm ET filed under Blog

FLASHBACK: Toomey Backed Mandatory Privatization, Suggested Social Security Recipients Lack "Dignity"

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October 25, 2010 10:03 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 24, 2010

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October 25, 2010 10:01 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 24, 2010

Sunday's political talk shows featured former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie lying to ABC viewers about voter attitudes toward outside groups like his brainchild, American Crossroads, and then misleading about jobs and the economy. In fact, over 70 percent of respondents in this month's NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are concerned about outside spending making lawmakers "beholden" to outside groups. On Face the Nation, Gillespie's colleague Karl Rove claimed conservatives are only just catching up to liberals in outside spending, when it's been a dead heat for a couple cycles now, and studies show conservative groups are less likely to disclose donors than their liberal counterparts. Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey (PA) forgot that American companies pay less tax than our statutory corporate tax rates, and forgot that President Reagan raised taxes 11 times between the famous 1981 tax cut and the rampant economic growth for which Reagan is remembered.

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October 14, 2010 6:47 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The Real Republican Pledge To America

The Republicans' real agenda can be found in the positions of their candidates. Republican candidates for federal and statewide office have publicly taken all of the positions listed below.  Herein lies the real Republican pledge to America.

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August 04, 2010 5:40 pm ET filed under Blog

Ad Check: Toomey Falsely Blames Sestak For Deficit Fueled By Policies He Supported

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July 09, 2009 12:36 pm ET filed under Blog

Pat Toomey Opposes Employer-Based Health Care, Thinks Everyone Should Be "On Their Own"

During a radio interview on July 9, 2009, former Club for Growth President Pat Toomey came out against employer-based health care.  In a startling admission, Toomey said, "I think members of Congress should be on their own to get their own health care like everyone else should be."

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April 29, 2009 1:09 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Not So Fast: Sen. DeMint Claims Toomey Is Mainstream

On April 28, 2009 Sen. Jim DeMint said former Congressman Pat Toomey "is one of the most mainstream Americans I know."  A quick glance at Toomey's right-wing record begs the question: Exactly how many Americans does Jim DeMint actually know?

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