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  • Fact Checking Obama

    We highlighted the Associated Press’ FACT CHECK on President Barack Obama’s deficit cutting claims this morning, but that was not the only area where Obama stretched the truth.

    On jobs:

    OBAMA: “We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs.” – from news conference.

    THE FACTS:
    This assertion is dubious on several levels. For starters, the U.S. has lost more than 1.2 million jobs since Obama took office, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even if Obama’s stimulus bill saved or created as many jobs as he says, that number is dwarfed by the number of recent job losses.

    But Obama’s number is murky, at best. The White House has not yet announced how it intends to count jobs created by the stimulus bill. Obama’s number is based on a job-counting formula that his economists have developed but have not made public. Until that formula is announced – probably in the coming week or so – there’s no way to assess its accuracy.

    Whatever the formula, economists who study job creation say it will require some creative math. That’s because Obama has lumped “jobs saved” in with “jobs created.” Even economists for organizations that stand to benefit from the stimulus concede it probably is impossible to estimate saved jobs because that would require calculating a hypothetical: how many people would have lost their jobs without the stimulus.

    On health care:

    OBAMA: “I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the (disease) prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road. … If we’re making those investments, we will save huge amounts of money in the long term.” – in Missouri.

    THE FACTS: It sounds believable that preventing illness should be cheaper than treating it, and indeed that’s the case with steps like preventing smoking and improving diet and exercise. But during the 2008 campaign, when Obama and other presidential candidates were touting a focus on preventive care, the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned that “sweeping statements about the cost-saving potential of prevention, however, are overreaching.” It said that “although some preventive measures do save money, the vast majority reviewed in the health economics literature do not.”

    And a study released in December by the Congressional Budget Office found that increasing preventive care “could improve people’s health but would probably generate either modest reductions in the overall costs of health care or increases in such spending within a 10-year budgetary time frame.”

    On entitlement reform:

    OBAMA: “You could cut (Social Security) benefits. You could raise the tax on everybody so everybody’s payroll tax goes up a little bit. Or you can do what I think is probably the best solution, which is you can raise the cap on the payroll tax.” – in Missouri.

    THE FACTS: Obama’s proposal would reduce the Social Security trust fund’s deficit by less than half, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

    That means he would still have to cut benefits, raise the payroll tax rate, raise the retirement age or some combination of these measures to deal with the program’s long-term imbalance.

    Workers currently pay 6.2 percent and their employers pay an equal rate – for a total of 12.4 percent – on annual wages of up to $106,800, after which no more payroll tax is collected.

    Obama wants workers making more than $250,000 to pay payroll tax on their income over that amount. That would still protect workers making under $250,000 from an additional burden. But it would raise much less money than removing the cap completely.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    24 Responses to Fact Checking Obama

    1. paul fowle, crofton says:

      as usual liberals love to ask soft questions to the messiah obama. i'm not sure if he really enchanted with his 100 days in the office. he has forgotten national security issues. he is leaving the country to vulnerable attack. i guess he will send the air force one up in the air and reassure american people he is in charge. this administration is totally out of contact with real americans. well lets see what he will do next couple years. i'm sure that chris matthews from msnbc got tinkling feeling up his legs lastnight.

    2. ella quinn kinston n says:

      I donot know how america people can hold out another 3 years with obama in office.

    3. M. L., PA says:

      This is TORTURE.

      The first 100 days that MSNBC does not focus on:

      Undermining Our Values

      1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.

      2. Calling on the White House website for the expansion of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.

      3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the “Fairness Doctrine” that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.

      4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

      5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.

      6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund, which supports China’s draconian one-child policy.

      7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.

      8. Proposing increased funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

      9. Calling on the White House website for “mandatory volunteerism").

      10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

      11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.

      12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.

      13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments. (Stimulus package bill had NONE; legislators were only given a few hours to read over 1,000 pages)

      14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

      Undermining Our National Security

      15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.

      16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.

      17. Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator.

      18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.

      19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America’s most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don’t work in British DVD players.

      20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.

      21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.

      22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.

      23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

      24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega.

      25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

      26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.

      27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes.”

      28. Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.

      29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.

      30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.

      31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

      32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable.

      33. Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees.

      34. Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made disaster.”

      35. Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations.”

      36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.

      37. Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.

      38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

      Undermining Free Enterprise

      39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called “stimulus” bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.

      40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn’t lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.

      41. Hosting a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” one week after signing the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill.

      42. Railing against “outrageous recklessness and greed” of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called “stimulus” bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.

      43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill with billions in earmarks.

      44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.

      45. Proposing a “carbon cap and trade” scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.

      46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote “wind power.”

      47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.

      48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.

      49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.

      50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, calling it “a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American.”

      51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.

      52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it “will safeguard millions of acres … from oil and gas leasing.”

      53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus “savings” by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.

      54. Ordering his Cabinet to “cut” $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.

      55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.

      56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.

      57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.

      58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.

      59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.

      60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.

      61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with “stimulus” funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.

      62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for “transparency.”

      63. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM,” then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.

      64. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM,” then firing the CEO of General Motors.

      65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

      Personnel Is Policy

      66. Nominating Timothy “The Turbo Tax Evader” Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.

      67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.

      68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.

      69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.

      70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.

      71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” as Homeland Security Secretary.

      72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.

      73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.

      74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.

      75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government’s “Efficiency Czar.”

      76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

      77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.

      78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be “Climate and Energy Czar.”

      79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.

      80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

      81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.

      82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

      83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.

      84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.

      85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director.

      86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

      87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House’s Faith Based Advisory Council.

      88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.

      89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

      Other Obama Outrages

      90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

      91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.

      92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

      93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.

      94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.

      95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.

      96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being “rightwing extremists.”

      97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.

      98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.’s public schools.

      99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.

      100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

    4. John Hyland, Appleto says:

      100 Days. 100 Mistakes! That says it all!

    5. Grace, Florida says:

      He says this crazy stuff b/c he knows the majority of people who voted for him will NEVER check things out for themselves. He's got them hookwinked. I hope they wake up soon.

    6. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      I find some of the actions of Obama treason, his asking for forgivness from France made me sick, I have three graves that I attend in Arl. Cem,sect. 12, these were all in their 20's, left children that do not remember their fathers, there are a lot more in this section that gave their lives to liberate France and bring an end to WWII. We need a leader not someone who likes to jet all over the world and hear himself talk or see himself in the news. Pray for our country.

    7. Angela, Newport News says:

      M.L. from PA, your 100 list is priceless. By the time this president reaches the milestone of his first year in office your list may top a thousand. How sad Republicans in the House & Senate are not speaking out about these outrages. On the other hand, if they do, the lap dog press will "dig" up any dirt on them and turn them into the villians. How sad most in the American press aren't doing their proper job. They're on a love fest with no falling out in sight.

      The ONLY places I'm hearing or reading about any of these serious assaults on freedom/national security is talk radio (probably will be shut down) and Heritage. I thank God daily for these folks who have the courage to speak and print the truth. How soon before this administration will try to shut Heritage down too? Any guesses?

    8. Ross, Florida says:

      Since when has facts been an obstacle for the socialist Democrats; not in my lifetime! As a general rule, if a politician opens his mouth, they're lying. If a Washington insider and liberal, guarenteed.

      Today oboma is the rockstar of socialism in America. He has a gift, but is it for good? I understand that he may have replaced God for too many, or was it the Messiah… After all, do we not see a lot of hero-worshipping and a blind-faith following of too many fellow citizens going at break-neck speed to insure our cultural and national self-destruction?

      The real question has to be; Who is the puppet-master of this puppet on stage?

    9. ironkettleranch, Ore says:

      We the people are the soldiers at home. We must continue to fight and unite behind those in positions of public trust and ALL conservative organizations that are fighting to protect the rights of American citizens. Keep writing your congressmen and women, state representatives, congress and the white house. Just because most of the media does not report it, doesn't mean we aren't making a dent.

      ONWARD!

    10. Denny Hartford says:

      My warmest commendations to M. L. in PA. Your list is spot on and I appreciate you taking the time to put it together. It must have required a Pepto or two to finish the task.

      I reprinted your list over at Vital Signs Blog (calling it "Barack Obama's Harrowing Hundred") and nominated it to be the "the next circulating email sensation." Again, thanks.

    11. David VanNorman Wi says:

      I hope the people who voted for Obama soon realize

      what they have done.I pray we can take our country

      back.If the founding fathers would be here they would kick our butt. God bless the USA.

    12. Mark says:

      Sounds like more of the same spin the Democrats love to spew out. Here are my thoughts on his first 100 days.

      http://mark24609.blogspot.com/2009/04/100-days-13

      Mark

    13. Nick, Boise says:

      How about his press conference when he was talking down to tea party goes "waving tea bags around". This is taxation without representation – excessive spending is going to be on our children who are not represented. Clearly the press and our elected official are not bright enough or paying enough attention to get that. I attended one, nothing racial, nothing dem vs. rep just quit spending money we do not have.

      The above mentioned press conference he also said "let's debate their tea bag concerns" I would love to see him debate anything that he does not control who asks the questions and what questions are asked. Just about anyone who spoke at the thousands of tea parties across the country would out debate him.

    14. Loretta in Colorado says:

      President Obamas 1st 100 days requires at least one hundred apologies to the people of the United States for undermining their constitution and compromising their bill of rights. He also owes apologies for indebting our children and grandchildren for the rest of their lives for bailouts and programs that are worse than throwing money away because they also restrict the freedoms Americans hold dear.

      He is too intelligent to have rammed this agenda through without thought – so it must be with FULL INTENTION of ruining our country! And still many of his supporters are blinded by the empty promise of redistributing the wealth. Empty because they expect to be rewarded and the spoils will only go to the Elite Political Class!

      It is doubtful that America the Beautiful will even resemble it's former self when he is done!

      He is great at apologizing to other countries while violating ours! What a disgrace!

    15. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      A perfect example of what happens to the child when the Papa ain't home, and the Mama's got no morals.

      Hozro

    16. Frank W., New Mexico says:

      Start working in your state government, if we can get 45% of the states to oppose income tax. Then Congress must remove the income Tax Law. I have a feeling if we can even get close you'll have congress making a big turn around in their attitude if they think they are not going to have our money to play with.

    17. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      If this Country is going to try anyone for Crimes,we can start with the guy who we know

      has the highest score!

    18. Douglas W Smith says:

      Accolades to M.L. from PA. You list of 100 is spot on. Now if you could just get the rest of your state to see the light. I can't understand how people vote for someone that publicly calls the racist red necks and slanders our brave men and women in uniform. The reelection of John Murtha by the people of PA is almost as mind boggling to me as the election of the most liberal left, unknown junior senator from one of the most corrupt state political machines in the history of our nation. But that aside, keep up the good fight M.L. I'll be republishing your list to all on my distro list and hopefully they'll pass it on to theirs.

    19. Sheila, Sacramento, says:

      If Obama wants to prevent illness rather than treat it, he needs to quit smoking.

      Now we have a potential flu mess because he won't block the border to Mexico. I have asthma so I don't appreciate it. Now that the horse is out of the barn? What about the rest of the horses?

      Do these people ever think that a flu epidemic might affect them? Or their chidren?

      If we don't get better people in Congress to put the reins on Obama's 'economic nonsense' we're doomed.

    20. Truth Hurts, The Rea says:

      Gee maybe character matters, oh that's something like what Dr. King said, you know about character being more important than a mans skin color. I'm glad I checked out this fools character before I voted .How's that working for you America ?MAYBE THE POEPLE CAN TAKE BACK OUR GOVERMENT AND CONISITUTION

    21. Normca says:

      Obama says it and the lap dog media soak it up and feeds it to the rest of us. The constitution, that he is shredding requires his position for 4 years, but it is not written that we have to put up with the press. The media chose the Republican nominee last year and the media treated the VP candidate like a third class human being and the media is helping to destroy our values. Lets tell the liars in the media that we are not lap dogs to them. Stop buying their printed lies in the form of the daily paper, stop watching the destroyers on TV and stop buying products made by GE, who owns a big part of the media.

    22. Dale MN says:

      Wouldn't my message below be more facts not mentioned?

      Those words used by the Pres. are very very against the Constitution and Law of America. When he admits right out that the Justice he will appoint change the laws as they see fit and how they feel about the case in front of them. "Empathy of understanding and identifying what people’s hopes and struggles are" does not belong in the court room when in America we base innocent or guilty on evidence, NOT feelings and empathy of the Judge.

      Will some one please explain to Obama that the laws are what we go by in the JUSTICE SYSTEM and he appoints "someone who understands justice and isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book" he will be making a self admitted UNCONSTITUTIONAL decision based on personal feelings. Undermining our Judicial System with someone appointed for reasons other then what the Constitution and OATH they take stands for is nothing other then TREASON. I am so tired of this daily bold and belligerent OFFICIAL activity by the President, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, and to many to mention it makes me sick to my stomach that the people that understand how we can make this stop with protections put in place to end the lunacy.

      WILL ANY ONE PLEASE START THE BALL OF AMERICAN JUSTICE ROLLING TO BRING US TO ELIMINATING CONS AND LIARS SO THEY CAN BE REPLACED. I know the all solid patriotic, law bidding, hard working, honest and all Constitution, bible,gun hugging loyal American Citizens are praying for your help with opening the door to GENUINE JUSTICE.

      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LETS START NOW PLEASE. AND THANK YOU REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS FOR NOT BEING CAUGHT IN THE LIES AND DECEPTION.

    23. D Rosie says:

      Bravo on the list! As someone else stated it is spot on. I really wanted to comment on this post to say thanks to Jeanne Stotler, woodbridge, Va for pointing out the real victims of this administration. God bless those men for what they did for not inly those selfish countries but also for us. I wish there were more men like them in todays youth. We might not have been in the situation we are in now if more people truly honored life and liberty as they did.

    24. T H Vacaville CA says:

      Many thanks to ML for that exceptional list! We are witness to the debasement of America. Each day we watch this contemptible man demolish our constitution. Before it is gone we must find a way to use it against him. Can we dare wait four years? He would not be the first Pres. to be impeached.

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