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January 24, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 23, 2011

On the Sunday shows, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) showed why they hold leadership roles in the modern GOP: they are maestros of misinformation. Appearing on Fox News, McConnell dissembled about everything from corporate taxes to the Recovery Act. He even suggested that the private sector isn't growing right now (although 1.3 million new jobs in the past year make the claim laughable) and claimed that "nobody's talking about" voting against the debt ceiling, despite well over a dozen prominent Republicans who are on record opposing the debt vote. For his part, Cantor told NBC viewers that the entitlement program cuts in Rep. Paul Ryan's "Roadmap" are not "draconian," but the reality is that Ryan's plan would effectively dismantle the social safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Later on Meet the Press, former Bush adviser Karen Hughes told a whopper about job losses during President Obama's tenure.

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January 07, 2011 2:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Where Are The Jobs? House GOP Keeps Quiet About Latest Employment Report

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January 04, 2011 3:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Claims Repeal Of Health Care Reform Was "Litigated In The Last Election"

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November 30, 2010 6:05 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Sherrod Brown: Eric Cantor "Failed Logic Class"

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November 29, 2010 2:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Why Republicans Are Wrong When They Say 'Nobody's Talking About Tax Cuts'

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November 23, 2010 5:49 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Republican Criticism Of Quantitative Easing Impedes Economic Growth

One of the many policies Republicans have attacked of late is that of quantitative easing (QE) — a monetary policy used by central banks, such as the Federal Reserve, to increase the money supply by increasing excess reserves. QE is often used as a policy of last resort when normal methods of monetary expansion are no longer effective as a result of near-zero interest rates. Since the onset of the economic crisis, the Fed has introduced two rounds of quantitative easing, as economic growth remains sluggish. Republicans have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the policy, stoking fears of long-term inflation that will stunt economic growth. In doing so, they have effectively manipulated the market's reaction to the policy, thereby preventing potential benefits from taking effect. Moreover, Republican skepticism ignores the belief of many economists that monetary easing is integral to supporting economic growth and limiting the risk of deflation. 

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November 22, 2010 5:40 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Falsely Suggests Bush Tax Cuts Were A "Primary Issue" In Midterms

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November 18, 2010 9:05 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Breaks Promise He Made Two Days Earlier

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November 09, 2010 3:48 pm ET filed under Blog

Republicans Say Tax Cuts Will Increase Revenue And Reduce The Size Of Government

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November 09, 2010 1:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Claims Temporary Tax Cuts Are Really Just Future Tax Hikes

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November 08, 2010 11:32 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

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November 08, 2010 11:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

The Sunday shows were crowded with naked falsehoods yesterday. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed on Fox News that President Obama "has killed jobs" despite the fact that a resurgent private sector has added 1.1 million jobs so far this year. On CBS, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that 750,000 small businesses pay income taxes in the top two brackets, but that number only works if you include massive corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which play accounting games to avoid corporate tax rates, in your definition of "small businesses." Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) absurdly claimed on NBC that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. Worst of all, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) claimed on ABC that tax cuts for the wealthy are good for the economy and don't increase the deficit. In the real world, of course, Pence is wrong on both counts.

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November 04, 2010 10:13 am ET filed under Blog

Top Republicans Throw Rep. Bachmann & The Tea Party Under The Bus

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October 21, 2010 12:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Won't Debate Because He Doesn't Want A "Food Fight"

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October 14, 2010 10:00 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Is A Socialist! Another GOP Attack Bites The Dust

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October 08, 2010 3:48 pm ET filed under Blog

What Do You Think Rep. Cantor Should "YouCut" From His Budget?

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September 23, 2010 12:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Pro-Life Republicans Vote Against Bill Aimed At Reducing Infant Mortality

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September 23, 2010 12:11 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP "Young Guns" Clash Over Earmark Ban

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September 21, 2010 6:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor: Gingrich Is "Very Much A Counselor" To House GOP

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September 20, 2010 9:13 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Cantor Repeats Small Business Tax Falsehood In The Wall Street Journal

Today, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts.  In the column, Cantor repeated the false talking point that allowing the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire would affect "half of all small business income in America."

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September 15, 2010 5:08 pm ET filed under Video

Memo To GOP: Americans DON'T Support Tax Cuts For The Rich

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September 15, 2010 4:49 pm ET filed under Blog

VIDEO: Republicans Ignore Polling, Pretend Americans Support Tax Cuts For The Rich

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September 15, 2010 1:02 pm ET filed under Fact Check

America Speaking Out: Rep. Cantor Misrepresents Public Opinion On Tax Cuts For The Rich

In a post on Twitter, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) falsely claimed that "Americans are calling on President Obama" to prevent the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy from expiring.  In reality, polls consistently show that the public supports Obama's plan to enact permanent middle class tax cuts while allowing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans to expire.

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September 14, 2010 10:36 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Paul Ryan Can't Explain The Importance Of Tax Cuts

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September 13, 2010 2:27 pm ET filed under Blog

"Young Guns," Old Ideas: GOP Puts New Faces On Failed Policies

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September 13, 2010 2:19 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Gun" Rep. Paul Ryan Lies About His "Roadmap For America's Future"

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeatedly mislead readers on Republican policy proposals.  In his section of the book, Rep. Paul Ryan paints a deceptively rosy picture of his "Roadmap for America's Future." In reality, the plan will dismantle Social Security and Medicare, restrict access to health insurance, slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans, and raise taxes on working middle class families.

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September 13, 2010 2:19 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Miss The Target With Recovery Act Falsehoods

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeat the same old dishonest talking points about the Recovery Act.  Cantor argues that the GOP's "alternative stimulus" would have created "twice the jobs at half the cost," while Ryan and McCarthy suggest that President Obama's bill "failed." In reality, the "twice the jobs" claim was based on a mathematical formula that Republicans admitted they didn't understand and the deficit would have remained nearly the same under the Republican proposal.  Meanwhile, the Recovery Act has created millions of jobs, boosted GDP, and put American on the path to recovery.

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September 13, 2010 2:18 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Stick To "Government Takeover" Talking Points And "Rising Premiums" Deceptions

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attack the Affordable Care Act using predictable and dishonest buzzwords. They repeatedly call it a "government takeover" or "government healthcare" that will inflate insurance costs. Rep. Ryan implicitly acknowledges that as written, the law will reduce the deficit — but he claims that won't happen because future lawmakers will lack the political will to enact its provisions. Despite their rhetoric, the fact remains that the Affordable Care Act will insure 10% of the country with just a 1% increase in health care spending (meaning the cost per unit of insurance will go down); premiums will hold steady or fall for most Americans; and we'll see a substantial increase in the amount of coverage people can purchase, all without a government takeover of health care.

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September 13, 2010 2:17 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"Young Guns" Lie About Energy

In their new book Young Guns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) repeat the same old dishonest talking points about clean energy legislation and the party's American Energy Act.  Contrary to the trio's false claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.  And at a time when Americans are seeking new solutions to rebuild our economy and break our dependence on foreign energy sources, House Republicans have proposed the failed policies pursued by President Bush.

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August 27, 2010 12:48 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor's Health Care Repeal Ruse

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