Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wait, someone is actually fact checking Obama?

Link — a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, which “aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics” — touches on just some of the many whoppers in Barack Obama’s speech to Congress last week. My favorite line is: “Obama continued his recent habit of asserting projections as fact” — a tool that was on full display during the recent stimulus fear orgy.

Some more:

He said “we import more oil today than ever before.” That’s untrue. Imports peaked in 2005 and are substantially lower today.

He claimed his mortgage aid plan would help “responsible” buyers but not those who borrowed beyond their means. But even prominent defenders of the program including Fed Chairman Bernanke and FDIC chief Bair concede foolish borrowers will be aided, too.

He said the high cost of health care “causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds.” That’s at least double the true figure.

He flubbed two facts about American history. The U.S. did not invent the automobile, and the transcontinental railroad was not completed until years after the Civil War, not during it.

He claimed that his stimulus plan “prevented the layoffs” of 57 police officers in Minneapolis. In fact, it’s far more complicated than that, and other factors are also helping to save police jobs.