Friday, September 7, 2012

This election season could be your most important read!

President Barack Obama and Vice President Jose...
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With politicians playing fast and loose with the facts how can any voter separate lies, half-truths and distortions from the actual truth?

More than any campaign season in recent memory politicians have been making "definitive" statements that often deviate from actual facts. Unfortunately once uttered and heard by the people who have come to believe their leaders it's hard to put the proverbial genie back into the bottle even if the statements are later proven to be false.

It reminds me of courtroom shows where an attorney might say something that shouldn't have been said and the judge instructs the jury to disregard what they heard. That is an impossibility!

So in light of this what are we to do? How do we decipher and parse what is the truth and what is factual from what is fiction, a distortion or an outright lie?

The answer is FactCheck.Org

FactCheck.Org is "a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."

Now what does FactCheck.Org have to say about the speeches at DNC 2012 that were given by Joe Biden and Barack Obama?

Here's a summary with each point expanded on at the article that can be found at this link.

ObamaBiden2012 distortions and half-truths from DNC 2012

·  President Obama boasted that his plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, citing “independent experts.” But one such analyst called a key element of the plan a “gimmick.”
·  Vice President Biden quoted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osama bin Laden. Actually, Romney said he’d target more than just “one person.”
·  The president said U.S. automakers are “back on top of the world.” Nope. GM has slipped back to No. 2 and is headed for third place in global sales this year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen.
·  Biden said “the experts” concluded Romney’s corporate tax plan would create 800,000 jobs in other countries. One expert said that. She also said the number depends on the details, and foreign jobs could grow without costing U.S. jobs.
·  Obama quoted Romney as saying it was “tragic” to “end the war in Iraq.” What Romney was criticizing was the pace of Obama’s troop withdrawal, not ending a war.
·  Biden claimed Romney “believes it’s OK to raise taxes on middle classes by $2,000.” Romney actually promises to lower middle-class taxes.
·  Biden said Romney and running mate Paul Ryan “are not for preserving Medicare at all.” Actually, the plan they endorse would offer traditional Medicare as one option among many.
·  Obama said his tax plan would restore “the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president” for upper-income taxpayers. Not quite. New taxes to finance the health care law also kick in next year, further burdening those same taxpayers.

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