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Hell Freezes Over – NYT Fact Checks Obama

I‘ll leave it to you to read the health care fact check. But this was of particular interest to me:

The president continued to take credit for deficit reduction by making a claim that has been challenged by many experts.

“If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made,” the deficit over the next 10 years would be $2.2 trillion greater, the president said.

In fact, $1.5 trillion of those “savings” are mainly based on an assumption that the United States would have had as many troops in Iraq in 10 years as it did when Mr. Obama took office. But before leaving office, President George W. Bush signed an agreement with Baghdad mandating the withdrawal of all American forces within three years.

So Mr. Obama is claiming credit for not spending money that, under the policy he inherited from Mr. Bush, would never have been spent in the first place.

For those of you who missed it, even Bush didn’t plan on keeping as many troops as we had then for 10 years. The SOFA agreement and the general withdrawal timetable had been announced before Obama ever took office.

A perfect example of why every “fact” Obama utters needs to be examined carefully (that’s true for every politician, but this one especially), especially now when he’s promising the moon and stars in health care for less cost. Again, read the fact check for some of the points addressing that.

~McQ

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10 Responses to Hell Freezes Over – NYT Fact Checks Obama

  • And when they’re done looking at his medical plan, they may want to fact check his opinion of the arrest of Professor Gates from Harvard – assuming they can still find the police report on it, which will probaly disappear.  Very possibly another issue the President was free to give his view on when he knew nothing about it.

  • My God…do you mean to tell me that The Clown™ lied?

    That cannot be. Let me check that again. It is truly amazing to believe that a born liar lied. What will you tell me next – that Democrats want to raise taxes on everyone and say it is only on the rich? Will that lie be next?

    • He didn’t lie, James.  He has always said that Oceania was at wa… that he might have to tax the middle class.  Always.

  • Pouring more gasoline onto the fire …

    Washington’s got another bright idea that most Americans don’t like.
    Just 18% of adults think it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business, and 10% are not sure.

  • On the delay of the senate vote until Aug Obama had this to say

    ” Sometimes, delay in Washington occurs because people don’t want to do anything that they think might be controversial,” Obama said,”

    OBAMA VOTED PRESENT in the State Senate 130 times.

    Pot Kettle Black

    Ooops does that make me racist?