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Pledge of Lies

So, the Republicans haven’t learned a thing since their “Contract With America” was revealed for the utter fraud that it was.

Their new “Pledge To America” is rife with distortions and what FactCheck.org politely refers to as “dubious claims”:

“Fact Checking ‘The Pledge'”

The report starts with a damning summary that takes “The Pledge” apart — revealing it for the cheap publicity stunt that it is.

For example:

  • It declares that “the only parts of the economy expanding are government and our national debt.” Not true. So far this year government employment has declined slightly, while private sector employment has increased by 763,000 jobs.
  • It says that “jobless claims continue to soar,” when in fact they are down eight percent from their worst levels.
  • It repeats a bogus assertion that the Internal Revenue Service may need to expand by 16,500 positions, an inflated estimate based on false assumptions and guesswork.
  • It claims the stimulus bill is costing $1 trillion, considerably more than the $814 billion, 10-year price tag currently estimated by nonpartisan congressional budget experts.
  • It says Obama’s tax proposals would raise taxes on “roughly half the small business income in America,” an exaggeration. Much of the income the GOP is counting actually comes from big businesses making over $50 million a year.

On healthcare, the stimulus bill, the economy, taxes and small business, the GOP pledge presents a fiction.

What is important to remember is this tidbit:

Fact: It’s true that the economy lost nearly 8.4 million jobs from the peak of employment in December, 2007 to the bottom of the job slump in December of last year. More than half (4.4 million) were lost before Obama took office. The economy has regained 723,000 jobs since hitting bottom, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So, the economy is turning around after being driven into the ground during the last administration.

Look at the record. That’s what things like this “pledge” purport to do. As as you can see, the Republicans have to make things up and want don’t want accountability for what they did.

Don’t let them get away with it.

-Chris

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September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Debt, Deficit, Democrats, Health Care, Health Care Reform, Obama, Politics, Republicans, Stimulus, Tax Debate | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. John Stewart did a great job showing how this new pledge is virtually the same as their last contract. People are so ‘low information’ that they will think it’s filled with bright new ideas. Sad. Reminds me of a recent Onion article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/poll-1-in-5-americans-believe-obama-is-a-cactus,18127/

    Comment by melanie | September 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Absolutely right.
      People who shout slogans but have no concrete proposals for what cuts they want to make should not be part of the conversation.
      The ones who want to trim around the edges, but refuse to look at what is needed to actually fix what is wrong should be marginalized as unserious.

      Comment by wcward57 | September 30, 2010 | Reply


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