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July 11, 2011 11:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 10, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows focused largely on the looming default crisis, with a chorus of Republican leaders singing the GOP talking points on the negotiations. In the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) reported rejection of President Obama's proposal of trillions in deficit reduction for an increase in the debt ceiling, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dishonestly told Fox News Sunday viewers that "Nobody is talking about not raising the debt ceiling." Also on Fox, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) defended his demand for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution by misleadingly stating that 49 states are required to balance their budgets every year. On CNN, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) misrepresented Senate Democrats' proposal for lowering the debt and wrongly claimed that federal revenues went up as a result of the Bush tax cuts. And on NBC's Meet the Press, presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty unleashed a series of false attacks on President Obama's economic record.

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July 08, 2011 11:45 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Broun Fabricates CBO Statement

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July 08, 2011 9:30 am ET filed under Blog

Debt Commission's GOP Co-Chair Blasts GOP's "Ludicrous," "Deceptive" Tax Position

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July 07, 2011 5:12 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Broun Touts Proposal To Lower Debt Ceiling

This afternoon on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) touted his debt ceiling proposal to guest host Chris Cotter.

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July 07, 2011 4:59 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Demint "Willing" To Cause "Serious Disruptions" In Economy For The Sake Of Balanced Budget Amendment

From the July 6, 2011, edition of Fox News' Freedom Watch:

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July 07, 2011 3:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Accidental Honesty: GOP Leaders Shed Light On True Priorities

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July 07, 2011 1:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan: No Need To Raise Revenue Because Tax Increases Already Coming In 2013

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July 06, 2011 6:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Hatch Delivers Factless Tirade Against New Revenues In Debt Agreement

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July 05, 2011 1:42 pm ET filed under Blog

After Backing Tax Breaks For Big Oil, Sen. Johnson Tells Poor Kids To Tighten Belts

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July 05, 2011 11:14 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Cornyn: There's No Time To Negotiate Debt Reduction If It's A Democratic Idea

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July 05, 2011 9:36 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 3, 2011

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July 05, 2011 9:35 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 3, 2011

The pre-Fourth of July Sunday shows featured a lot of talk about America's involvement overseas, particularly in Afghanistan and Libya, but the GOP lawmakers found time to squeeze in some tired misinformation about the economy as well as a few new falsehoods. On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that the American people "don't want compromise" on the budget and debt ceiling, but polling shows Americans are amenable to combinations of tax increases and spending cuts. He also minimized the dangers of a default, even though economists and the financial sector warn that even a short default could prove economically catastrophic. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) spent much of his airtime bashing President Obama, claiming that the president ignored his own bipartisan fiscal commission's report in his State of the Union address and that Obama hasn't put forward a debt reduction plan of his own. Both of these are false. In addition, Cornyn blamed "the president and his party" for the unemployment rate even though the Recovery Act has helped slowly begin to turn the unemployment picture around from a place where it was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs each month.

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July 01, 2011 2:34 pm ET filed under Blog

45 Years After Medicare's Implementation, Republicans Are Trying To End It

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July 01, 2011 1:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check

45 Years After Medicare's Implementation, Republicans Are Trying To End It

45 years ago today, Medicare was implemented. As a cornerstone of the American health care system, Medicare has provided access to health care to millions of elderly and disabled Americans over the last several decades. However, despite its indisputable place in American society, House Republicans have voted to dismantle the program with their latest budget. Both House and Senate Republicans have also spent years trying to gut the program of over a trillion dollars. Medicare continues to be necessary to help the elderly and disabled, and unfortunately, the Republicans have decided not to keep their interests in mind.

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July 01, 2011 1:17 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn Embraces GOP Effort To Voucherize Medicare, Exaggerates Defensive Medicine Costs

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June 30, 2011 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Schumer: GOP Hearing Boycott Proves Republicans Are Sabotaging Economy

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June 30, 2011 12:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Heritage Lies About Origin Of Tax Breaks For Jets

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June 30, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Coburn/Lieberman Medicare Cuts Win Support From Activist Who Wants To 'Drown Government In The Bathtub'

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June 29, 2011 12:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Won't Face Up To GOP's Medicaid Cuts

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June 28, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Coburn/Lieberman Plan Cuts Medicare To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

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June 28, 2011 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor's Big, Troubling Bet Against The U.S. Economy Is Totally In Character For Him

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June 28, 2011 1:42 pm ET filed under Blog

Republicans Quit Debt Negotiations Because 5:1 Cuts-To-Taxes Ratio Wasn't Good Enough

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June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen.  Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.

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June 24, 2011 2:40 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Hatch: Obama Has "Moved Us Towards Europeanization Of Our Economy"

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June 23, 2011 2:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Heritage Foundation Clings To Myths To Defend Bush Tax Cuts

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June 23, 2011 1:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kyl, Rep. Cantor Take Their Ball And Go Home

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June 23, 2011 12:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint Is (Sort Of) Right About Something

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June 23, 2011 11:34 am ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Foundation Clings To Myths To Defend Bush Tax Cuts

On the Heritage Foundation's Foundry blog, Mike Gonzalez, Heritage's resident Bush hagiographer, wrote a highly misleading post defending lower tax rates for the very wealthy. It's almost impossible to defend President George W. Bush's economic policies without being at least somewhat dishonest, which Gonzalez accomplishes by claiming that the fantastical idea that tax cuts "pay for themselves" is actually a straw man set up by mischievous liberals. According to Gonzalez, the Bush Administration actually "went out of their way" to make it clear that their tax cut packages were not expected to pay for themselves. The fact, however, is that time and time again, President George W. Bush and others in his administration asserted that cutting taxes increases revenue, and the Heritage Foundation itself has spread that dishonest claim. He went on to suggest that cutting taxes also spurs growth, and that the Bush tax cuts themselves helped create millions of jobs. Both claims are undermined by data on jobs and the economy that indicate Bush's tenure to be a disaster for both economic growth and employment.

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June 16, 2011 3:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lummis Spitefully Horses Around With The Agricultural Spending Bill

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