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May 24, 2011 11:09 am ET

Rep. Jordan's Gas Price Witnesses Fueled By Big Oil, Jordan Donations

On May 25, Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) House Oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing into how the Federal Reserve's policies purportedly "add to hard times at the pump." Jordan's witnesses include a right-wing economist who works at think tanks that have been funded by Big Oil and a small business owner who has donated large sums to Jordan and other Ohio Republicans.

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May 23, 2011 10:52 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 22, 2011

The absurd ginned-up right-wing outrage over President Obama's reiteration of a long-standing tenet of mainstream Middle East peace plans continued on Sunday morning, even as the president drew applause from the crowd at AIPAC for repeating his call for a Palestinian state based on "the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps." Newt Gingrich, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) each misrepresented the president's words in order to attack him. Honest conservatives were no easier to find on domestic policy issues either. McConnell joined Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in claiming the House GOP budget 'saves Medicare' (although it in fact replaces the program with something utterly different) and that the White House would ration seniors' care (another falsehood). McConnell also claimed tax cuts aren't driving the debt and lied about President Obama's position on the Bush tax cuts. Meanwhile, Ryan claimed the Republican Medicare scheme polls better when you explain the details (nope), insisted Democrats haven't put forth any debt reduction plans (wrong again), and said his plan cuts $6 trillion in spending when on net it only cuts $155 billion. On CBS, Gingrich repeated an exaggeration of his record as Speaker of the House. And, not to be outdone, pizza magnate Herman Cain misled Fox viewers about the Fair Tax and claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling would increase "market confidence," even though the market is saying the opposite.

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May 20, 2011 12:44 pm ET

REPORT: Rep. Issa's Ongoing Ethics Problem

This week, it was revealed that DEI Holdings Inc., the car-alarm company founded by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and on whose board he sits, had for years underpaid tariffs on parts imported from China. This is only the latest ethical scandal to taint Issa since he became the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."

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May 12, 2011 1:11 pm ET

Good Government Groups Praise Transparency Executive Order Rep. Issa Calls "Nixonian"

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has lashed out at a draft executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political donations, accusing the Obama administration of "Nixon-type" tactics. But good government groups have lined up to express their "strong support" for the draft order.

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May 10, 2011 2:39 pm ET

The Many Errors Of Fact In Speaker Boehner's Wall Street Speech

In what was billed as a major speech to reassure Wall Street about the ongoing political battle over the debt limit and the proper approach to debt reduction, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) threw out so many naked falsehoods that it is difficult to enumerate them concisely. Here is a table of contents to help you navigate our comprehensive fact check of the Republican leader's lies.

"Government Mortgage Companies...Triggered The Whole Meltdown"

The Recovery Act "Hurt Our Economy And Hampered Private Sector Job Creation"

"Job Creators Were Looking For Certainty," Not More Consumer Demand

"We've Also Seen The Arrogance Of Government Recently In...Skyrocketing Gas Prices"

"Energy Resources Under Lock And Key"

"Addressing The Drivers Of Our Debt" Through Taxation Would Mean Acting "In Defiance Of The Will Of Our People"

"My Colleagues And I Are Not Calling For Tax Cuts In Our Budget"

GOP Medicare Plan Gives Seniors "The Same Kind Of Options As Members Of Congress"

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May 10, 2011 12:33 pm ET

Republicans Cut Funds For School-Based Health Centers

Last week, the GOP continued its quest to dismantle parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with 232 House Republicans voting to cut funding for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) — medical facilities that provide children with access to primary care at school. In a report, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) rationalized defunding the SBHCs with claims that the "incoherent" authorization will pay for clinic construction but not for staffing and that it duplicates funding for community health centers — neither of which is true. Rather than eliminating wasteful spending, House Republicans have moved to take away valuable resources from effective primary care facilities for children.

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May 09, 2011 2:24 pm ET

Happy Mother's Day: Women And Children Would Suffer From GOP Policies

After spending a day honoring mothers, it is important to not just give them lip service but to actually look at out how women and families are faring in regards to health care. Republicans have recently taken several votes that put women's and children's health care in jeopardy. The GOP budget that passed the House would turn Medicaid into a block grant program, which would allow states to slash services. With women and children making up significant numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries, cutting funding would be severely detrimental to these two groups. In addition, the GOP budget contains provisions that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), affecting the poorest and most vulnerable children. And Republicans are still bent on eliminating the Affordable Care Act, a law that provides health care coverage for the uninsured and increases benefits for the underinsured, most often women and children.

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May 03, 2011 8:51 am ET

Issa's Presidential Records Hearing Follows His History Of Bush Email Defense

Just days before a scheduled House Oversight Committee hearing on the Obama White House's adherence to the Presidential Records Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) defended the Bush administration's loss of millions of emails. Indeed, Issa has previously defended the Bush White House both for improperly archiving their emails and for improperly handling Republican Party-sponsored emails accounts used by aides for official business.

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May 02, 2011 10:03 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

Hours before President Obama announced U.S. Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden, more pedestrian and partisan news ruled the Sunday morning airwaves. On Fox, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely blamed $4 trillion of debt on President Obama and then incorrectly claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling wouldn't be a big deal. On ABC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) tried to defend his budget by claiming people don't like it because there is "misinformation" swirling around and not because it dismantles the social safety net. Elsewhere on Sunday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) each claimed that the U.S. needs a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, an idea rejected by experts on both sides of the aisle. And on NBC, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dishonestly claimed that the Ryan Budget would increase funding to Medicare, while criticizing the Affordable Care Act for cutting Medicare, a claim which is also untrue.

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April 25, 2011 5:41 pm ET

NRCC Now Just Wishing Progressive Debt-Reduction Plans Out Of Existence

The headline of the National Republican Congressional Committee's latest blog post reads, "Democrats Borrow The Future With No Plan For Debt Reduction." The post pretends that President Obama's speech proposing major debt reduction over the next decade never happened, and makes the strange argument that a White House effort to protect the U.S.'s credit rating from Standard & Poor's proves "Democrats have been in full out denial" about the debt. The NRCC apparently wasn't paying attention two weeks ago when the Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced a budget resolution titled "The People's Budget," a mirror image of the Republican scheme to undo the social safety net in order to finance a huge tax cut for the rich. That's just one of four debt-reduction plans offered by Democrats this month. Ironically, by showing more interest in name-calling than in engaging with the ideas Democrats actually put forward, the NRCC's researchers only further the fears that drove S&P to downgrade its expectations for U.S. debt in the first place.

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April 25, 2011 9:32 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 24, 2011

On Easter Sunday, two Republicans expressed the same dangerous, sweet-sounding idea about the debt limit. According to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), we needn't worry about raising the limit because the Treasury can still make interest payments without borrowing further. That may be music to voters' ears, but economists say that such a move would undermine the recovery and wipe out investor confidence in the U.S., causing the economy to spiral downward. Coburn went on to falsely claim that the president has not included entitlement reform in his debt-reduction plans. Elsewhere on Sunday, would-be 2012 candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) told Fox that the GOP's Medicare plan is "identical" to the Affordable Care Act and wouldn't cost seniors anything extra, while Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AL) told CBS that the plan does not replace traditional Medicare with a voucher system. None of these claims is true.

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April 22, 2011 3:21 pm ET

Problematic And Unfair "Fair Tax" Would Burden Middle Class

It's no secret hard-right Republican members of Congress love to advocate lower taxes for the richest Americans. One recent GOP proposal from Rep. Bob Woodall (R-GA) exhumes the long-discredited "Fair Tax," a bill that would abolish the IRS and replace income and corporate taxes with a national retail sales tax. But the proposal has numerous problems: It relies on unsound numbers and, in practice, it would cause taxes to rise, incentivize tax evasion, and shift the tax burden onto the middle class.

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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

On Sunday morning, first-year Tea Party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) almost managed to upstage her party's budget chairman by wrongly insisting on ABC that the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget is not a voucher program, works just like the insurance benefits for members of Congress, and would be sufficient to cover the cost of medical care for seniors. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) still offered the biggest whopper of the morning, claiming on CBS that the GOP budget doesn't cut taxes for the rich. None of these claims is true. The Republican plan slashes income taxes for the wealthy to Herbert Hoover levels while eliminating the capital gains tax. For the non-rich, the plan would end Medicare as we know it, leaving the typical 65-year-old with over $20,000 in annual medical costs by the year 2030. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed President Obama hasn't helped grow the economy, which is demonstrably false, and Walsh joined Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would in fact cripple Congress' ability to control spending and address recessions.

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April 12, 2011 11:42 am ET

Rep. McCarthy Claims New Medicare Plans Will Be "Exactly" Like Congress' Health Care

This morning on Fox News, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) adopted Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) talking point, claiming that the Medicare reform proposed in Rep. Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" will grant seniors access to health care plans "exactly" like those available to members of Congress. In reality, however, federal employees' health care plans are structured in a way that prevents rising health care costs from transferring to beneficiaries, while Ryan's Medicare reform proposal contains no such safeguards. Over time, rather than 'saving' Medicare, Ryan's proposal would force seniors to pay more and more of their costs out-of-pocket.

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April 11, 2011 10:13 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

With a government shutdown narrowly averted this weekend, the Sunday shows focused naturally on spending issues. On CBS, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the absurd assertion that government spending caused the recession (and not rampant fraud on Wall Street), and falsely claimed that a balanced budget amendment would help our fiscal situation. On Fox, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repeated a favorite GOP lie about entitlement programs — that they "are not gonna be there for me when I retire" unless voters allow conservatives to rip holes in the safety net. And on NBC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled viewers about his budget proposal that would undo safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps while cutting taxes for the richest Americans and protecting special interest tax loopholes for Big Oil. Meanwhile on ABC, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) seemed to have forgotten that he voted in February to eliminate all Title X funding for family planning services.

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April 07, 2011 10:08 am ET

Rep. Ryan Misleads Fox News Viewers On His Budget Proposal

Fox & Friends interview is the political equivalent of home field advantage for Republicans, and Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) appearance yesterday morning demonstrated just how nurturing the Fox News environment is for right-wing misinformation. Ryan insisted his plan doesn't give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of middle-class working families (even though it does) and asserted — falsely — that his budget proposal will "repair the social safety net," protect Medicare and Medicaid, and pay down the debt. While the GOP's cable network of choice didn't challenge any of these assertions, Political Correction is happy to round up the evidence that Ryan is lying. It's presented below.

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April 06, 2011 10:13 am ET

RNC Attacks Its Own On New "Hope Isn't Hiring" Site

The RNC's newfangled campaign website has a cutting-edge campaign strategy: attack President Obama for signing a policy that GOP members of the House and Senate endorsed.  In a litany of attacks on President Obama's stance on social issues, the RNC cites the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. However, the RNC elides the fact that the battle for repeal hinged on Republican support for passage. At the end of the day, 15 Republicans in the House and eight in the Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a move that was backed by an overwhelming majority of the American people.

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April 04, 2011 12:47 pm ET

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Chairman Of Glenn Beck's Oversight Committee

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a prominent "rising star" in the House GOP caucus, has often used his position on the House Oversight Committee to serve as Glenn Beck's man in Congress. Chaffetz has repeatedly responded to Beck's conspiracy theories by demanding documents from the parties involved or even introducing legislation. Beck has noticed Chaffetz's efforts, repeatedly applauding him as one of the "good Republicans" his audience can "trust." Chaffetz, a frequent Beck guest, has likewise declared the Fox host a "great educator" and participated in his events, even scheduling a retreat for his staff so that they could attend Beck's Restoring Honor rally.

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April 04, 2011 10:47 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 3, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows dedicated most of their time to Libya, but the ongoing budget struggle in D.C. grabbed some attention as well. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on Fox News Sunday to disseminate a standard GOP talking point blaming President Obama and exonerating President Bush for the nation's debt trouble. Ryan also did some laughable cheerleading for his health care plan, which he says is not a voucher system even though the CBO uses the word "voucher" a half-dozen times in describing how the plan would work. Meanwhile, on ABC, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) dissembled about the effects of a balanced budget amendment, and absurdly criticized Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for 'refusing to take up' a partisan House bill that the Senate already voted on.

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March 24, 2011 3:18 pm ET

Rep. Darrell Issa: Captain Of Big Business' Deregulation Campaign

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has stepped up in the current Congress as the foremost proponent of deregulation. Following the 2010 election, he asked trade associations, companies, and right-wing think tanks to "tell him which Obama administration regulations to target." Issa used the letters he received in response as the centerpiece of a hearing on "Regulatory Impediments To Job Creation," which he said was intended to "validate" the concerns of Big Business so that other committees could push for deregulation. Issa also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the 2010 health care and financial regulation laws. These actions are only the latest in a House career focused on deregulation; indeed, Issa reportedly first ran for office because he was concerned that the federal government was "ruining America with taxes and regulations."

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March 21, 2011 4:02 pm ET

Rep. Issa Offers False and Contradictory Critique Of Health Care Reform Waivers

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, defied logic when, in the same week, he complained both that the Obama administration's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is simultaneously "politicized" to the benefit of Obama's "favored constituencies" and that the policy is being implemented "arbitrarily." In fact, neither claim is true.

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March 15, 2011 11:07 am ET

Rep. Bachmann's Biggest Blunders

Thanks to her charged rhetoric and enthusiastic embrace of the Tea Party mantle, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has become such a political star that she's now considered a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination. However, in addition to her over-the-top criticism of President Obama, Bachmann has a long record of blatantly untrue statements that go far beyond the standard partisan talking points. From abortion clinics and death panels to slavery and the American Revolution, Bachmann just can't seem to get her facts straight. Political Correction has compiled some of Bachmann's biggest blunders below. 

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March 14, 2011 1:17 pm ET

REPORT: The Republican Party's War On Jobs

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March 08, 2011 4:18 pm ET

In Morning Joe Interview, King Misleads To Defend Hearing

In a March 8 Morning Joe appearance, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) pushed a number of false or misleading claims to defend his upcoming hearing into the purported radicalization of American Muslims. King deceitfully suggested that his views are in sync with the Obama administration, ignored facts to attack the Minneapolis Muslim community, misleadingly claimed that an imam "tipped off" would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi, and falsely suggested that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) does not support Muslim Americans cooperating with law enforcement.

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March 07, 2011 4:14 pm ET

Rep. Peter King's "Relatives Of People Who Were Radicalized" Undermine His Hearing's Case

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has announced that his upcoming hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims will  include testimony from Abdirizak Bihi and Melvin Bledsoe, who King describes as "relatives of people who were radicalized," who will speak on "how they were radicalized, and the lack of cooperation" from Muslim leaders. But the stories of their family members actually undermine King's case. Bledsoe is the father of alleged Little Rock Army recruiting center shooter Abdulhakin Muhammad. While Bledsoe has said that unnamed "foreign nationals" in the Nashville Muslim community radicalized his son, Muhammad, his lawyer, and the FBI have all reportedly said he was radicalized while imprisoned in Yemen. Muhammad rarely attended mosques while living in the U.S. both before and after his Yemen trip, and was repeatedly interviewed by the FBI following his return. Abdirizak Bihi is the uncle of Burhan Hassan, one of a number of Minneapolis Somali American youths who were recruited by a Somali terror group and died in Somalia. But the resulting investigation is considered a breakthrough in law enforcement outreach to the Muslim community that the FBI is reportedly trying to replicate nationwide.

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March 07, 2011 10:40 am ET

Rep. Peter King's Claim That Muslim Americans Don't Cooperate With Law Enforcement Rejected By Law Enforcement

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has said that his upcoming hearing into the radicalization of Muslim Americans is necessary because law enforcement officials say Muslim Americans are uncooperative in terror investigations. But King does not plan to call law enforcement or counterintelligence officials to testify at his hearing, and many such experts — including Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller — have lauded the cooperation of Muslim Americans with law enforcement. Moreover, studies indicate that the American Muslim community has been a crucial resource in helping law enforcement to stop terrorist attacks.

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March 07, 2011 10:06 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

For the first time in weeks, the Sunday political shows didn't touch on GOP union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, choosing instead to focus on national economic issues. That meant a series of tired talking points from familiar Republican faces. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implied Democrats have raised taxes, when in fact they've cut taxes by hundreds of billions. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ignored economic growth and 1.5 million new private sector jobs in the past year to attack President Obama's economic policies. Bachmann also misled NBC viewers about the Affordable Care Act and the partisan nature of the Tea Party. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the administration has protected government workers at the expense of private sector jobs. On less familiar topics, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) dishonestly insisted American Muslims don't cooperate with law enforcement despite much evidence to the contrary, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) foolishly claimed that Apple electronics are manufactured in America. Somebody should tell that to the Chinese factory workers who built your iPhone.

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February 28, 2011 4:14 pm ET

Rep. Peter King To Call Glenn Beck's Favorite Muslim To Testify On Muslim Extremism In America

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has said that Zuhdi Jasser, who professionally fear mongers about the dangers of "American Islamist organizations," will be the star witness at King's upcoming hearings on Muslim radicalism in the United States. King is not the only right-wing figure to tout Jasser: Glenn Beck has declared Jasser "one Muslim that we were all searching for after 9-11" and "a voice that I trust." Moreover, in recent days, Glenn Beck has called upon Jasser to help push his theory that the uprisings in Egypt were the result of communists and Islamists engaged in a conspiracy to create a Marxist revolution or an Islamic caliphate. Even many conservatives have rejected Beck's claims as "delusional," "wacky," and evidence that Beck is "out of control."

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February 15, 2011 12:05 pm ET

Speaker Boehner Is Wrong About "200,000 New Federal Jobs" In Obama Era

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed this morning at a press conference that "under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs." That's at least a 344 percent overstatement. In reality, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the federal workforce has grown by only 58,000 jobs since Obama took office (and by just 25,000 jobs since his economic policies began to impact the economy). Furthermore, Boehner's implication that government workers are thriving in a recession does not jibe with the larger picture. While the private sector has added 381,000 net jobs since Obama policies took effect, overall government employment has fallen by 309,000 jobs over the same period.

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