LETTER: Facts don’t bear out dramaRecently, I had the dubious privilege of receiving two robo-calls (both overly dramatic and ominous) like a promotion for “The DaVinci Code.” They urged me to help the GOP prevent the President Obama from destroying America.
Recently, I had the dubious privilege of receiving two robo-calls (both overly dramatic and ominous) like a promotion for “The DaVinci Code.” They urged me to help the GOP prevent the President Obama from destroying America.
But, if you survived the long list of distortions and outright lies from straight from the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign and still don’t acknowledge fact checkers who might “ruin” the Republican midterms, you should not read further.
Here are some real figures — not lies and distortions from “self-righteous Karl Rove.”
• Obamacare does not represent Rush Limbaugh’s designation as “the largest tax increase in the history of the world.” Estimates from the Federal Joint Committee on taxation and CBO — accounting for both inflation and revenues generated by historical tax bills as percentage of GDP — list five top taxes in the “modern” era that are larger. Tax increases signed into law by Reagan in 1982, the 1968 tax law of Lyndon Johnson, Carter’s increases in 1980, along with George H. Bush’s tax increases in 1990, and, Clinton’s in 1993. The 1990 tax increases by Bush are roughly equivalent to the Affordable Care Act’s, and larger tax increases were made prior to all of the above.
• Since Obama became president, the economy has added twice as many jobs as in all of George W. Bush’s eight years.
• Fewer home foreclosures happened in June 2013 than any time during the past 7½ years.
• Domestic oil production is up 46 percent and imports are down 38 percent. Exports of goods and services are up 31 percent. The S&P is up 110 percent.
Public debt still weighs in at about 90 percent. It largely resulted from necessary expenditures to stop the economic free fall, finance two Mideast wars, and revenues lost from George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.
Obama is guilty of minor hypes about health care savings i.e. many of the 8.5 million in rebate checks amounting to $100 each, are given to families, not just individuals. Other rebates would go to employers who then, could pass on the savings to the people they employ. But, numerous tax rebates go to families anyway, and, many people have always received insurance through employers?
PolitiFact and FactCheck.org are not shy about Obama’s exaggerations either. So turn off Fox News and MSNBC — instead, research the facts freely given by reputable fact checking organizations. Otherwise continue playing ostrich and hiding your head under any convenient pile of propaganda.
Peter W. Johnson,