Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fact Checking the RNC

Even though the speeches sounded great, there were many misrepresentations of the truth coming from the Governor Sarah Palin and the rest of the speakers at the RNC last night. The AP did a great write up you can read here. There are a couple of note:

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation.


PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.


FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right -change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

Stretching the truth and misrepresenting the truth have become regular problems with Republicans as of late. I actually loved Palin's speech, but until Republicans purge those who are bought and paid for by the likes of The Club for Deficit Growth, it is going to be very hard to believe their actions once elected won't continue to bankrupt our future.

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