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November 14, 2011 2:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Cornyn: We Can't Repeal DOMA Because Discrimination Is Cheaper Than Equality

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September 22, 2011 9:41 pm ET filed under Video

Perry: Social Security Recipients "Don't Have Anything In The World To Worry About" If I Win

From the September 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Fox News/Google debate:

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September 19, 2011 9:32 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 18, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a litany of standard GOP untruths. On CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) repeated the favorite false Republican talking point of late: that businesses aren't hiring because of "uncertainty." He was joined in his lie by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and presidential candidate Herman Cain, both of whom appeared on Fox News Sunday. Both Cain and Ryan also revived an old piece of misinformation — that raising taxes on top earners would disproportionately harm small businesses — which was echoed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). For his part, Graham misrepresented the public's opinion on taxing the wealthy, and absurdly claimed that "everything" — including unemployment — is worse because of President Obama's policies. Ryan dredged up some old lies about the House-passed GOP budget's effects on Medicare, which it would essentially destroy, and then falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board puts bureaucrats in charge of "rationing."

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September 12, 2011 8:55 pm ET filed under Video

Romney, Perry Trade Social Security Falsehoods

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 12, 2011 12:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Before She Wanted To 'Save' It, Rep. Bachmann Wanted To 'Wean Everybody' Off Social Security

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September 12, 2011 11:42 am ET filed under Blog

Despite New Tone, Gov. Perry's Social Security Op-Ed Is The Same Old Scam

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September 08, 2011 3:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Conservative Social Security Critics Have Been Insisting 'The End Is Near' For Decades

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September 07, 2011 9:28 pm ET filed under Video

Perry: Social Security "Is A Monstrous Lie" That Won't Be There For Our Kids

From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:

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September 06, 2011 10:15 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

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September 06, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

The Labor Day editions of the Sunday political shows featured a would-be president lying about energy policy and a so-called "Tea Party kingmaker" lying about safety net programs. On CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended her promise that as president she would bring gas prices below $2 per gallon by claiming that President Obama has put American energy resources "off limits." Actual energy experts have said repeatedly that government policies aren't behind rising gas prices, which were "inevitable" in light of the artificially low prices brought about by the economic collapse. And the statistics don't back up Bachmann's accusations about Obama's policies. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Social Security is bankrupt (even though it isn't) and claimed on CNN that unemployment benefits don't create jobs (even though they do).

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August 30, 2011 11:55 am ET filed under Blog

Senators Have Financial Incentives To Favor Bad Policies For Seniors

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August 11, 2011 6:40 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Social Security Schemes Would Only Harm Retirees

As the anniversary of Social Security nears, it's important to remember how Republicans have approached the program. Beginning with a Bush-era commission on Social Security reform and continuing up through Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) "Roadmap for America's Future," Republicans have sought over the last decade to disrupt the Social Security system via a variety of schemes. Their proposals, which have often included privatization plans and "progressive price indexing," would introduce uncertainty into retirees' lives by attaching payouts to the ups and downs of the market, and would amount to substantial benefit cuts for many Americans.

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August 08, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

The highlight of yesterday's Sunday political talk shows was Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) deceptive performance on Fox. Ryan misled on a range of topics, from the causes of the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, to the drivers of that debt, to President Obama's policy positions, to the reasons businesses aren't expanding today, with plenty of stops in between. By comparison, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) dishonesty about Afghanistan and Social Security, Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) bogus economic statistics, and Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) deceit on deficits under President Bush and Democrats' willingness to cut spending were barely even blips on the radar.

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August 05, 2011 3:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Throws Young, Unemployed Under The Bus To Protect Rich People From Taxes

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August 03, 2011 12:18 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Promises Super Committee Will "Focus On Entitlements"

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August 03, 2011 12:17 pm ET filed under Fact Check

After Passing Debt Deal, Sen. McConnell Returns To Bunk Social Security, Medicare Talking Points

Last night on Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — fresh off avoiding government default — took the opportunity to return to familiar and incorrect talking points about Medicare and Social Security. After repeating his previously debunked claim that the Affordable Care Act cut "Medicare by half a trillion dollars," he then claimed that Medicare would be insolvent in five years, with Social Security following soon after. Both programs, however, will be solvent for far longer than five years, and in the case of Medicare, the Affordable Care Act is partially responsible for extending solvency.

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July 28, 2011 5:55 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Dreier Pretends Boehner Plan Will "Ensure" Safety Net Is "Not Touched"

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July 26, 2011 1:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Broun Says He Wants To "Throw Up" When Democrats "Talk About The Children"

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July 22, 2011 1:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint's Transparent Trust Fund Flip-Flop

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July 18, 2011 10:38 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 17, 2011

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July 18, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 17, 2011

The looming default crisis dominated the Sunday talk shows, which meant Republicans were busy misrepresenting their own proposals, the polling about their proposals, and the policies that put us in this mess to begin with. On NBC, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) claimed the GOP's balanced budget amendment scheme is the only way to satisfy credit raters about U.S. creditworthiness, which is simply not true. On ABC, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) pretended that polling supports the GOP's anti-tax zealotry despite at least 21 polls this year that show broad opposition to their ideological stance. On Fox, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) falsely claimed the GOP's scheme doesn't require even steeper cuts to the safety net than the House 2012 budget and unfairly laid the blame for our debt entirely at President Obama's feet, and Herman Cain lied about who pays top-end income tax rates. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani misrepresented recent economic history and exaggerated his own budget accomplishments in New York City, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) misled viewers about Social Security.

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July 15, 2011 9:18 am ET filed under Blog

Boehner Rejects Bachmann's Default Denial

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July 11, 2011 2:36 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn's Definition Of "More Fair" Would Put More Burden On The Poor

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May 16, 2011 11:49 am ET filed under Blog

House GOP Social Security Privatizers Fear Monger Over Trustees Report

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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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."

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April 21, 2011 8:41 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kirk Dismisses Negative Polling On GOP Budget With '80s Reminiscing

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April 20, 2011 11:55 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Guinta's Shifting Narrative On Entitlements

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April 13, 2011 3:49 pm ET filed under Blog

If It Ain't Broke... GOP Senators Propose Harmful Social Security 'Fixes'

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November 22, 2010 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 21, 2010

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