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January 18, 2012 11:25 am ET

The Speaker's Pipe Dreams: Big Oil Investments Muddy Boehner's Message On Keystone XL

Shortly after the Keystone XL pipeline permit process started gaining steam in Canada and the American Midwest, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) began investing significantly in companies tied to the project. In addition, since 2008 a number of companies that stand to benefit from Keystone XL have donated thousands of dollars to Boehner since 2008. As approval has floundered, Boehner has used his clout as Speaker of the House to try to push the project through in the name of "jobs."

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December 19, 2011 9:24 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011

This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On Fox News Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On This Week, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on Meet the Press, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on Meet the Press, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.

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November 07, 2011 10:57 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 6, 2011

With much of the airtime on this week's Sunday political talk shows devoted to discussing the Herman Cain scandal and Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) antics, the substantive issues took a back seat. Yet a few key Republicans still managed to squeeze in a couple of standard GOP attacks. On This Week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that the stimulus "has not worked," a falsehood echoed by presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Meet the Press. Boehner also found time to inflate the effect of a millionaires' surtax on small-business owners, and to deny that congressional Republicans have gone after America's social safety net. In fact, one major Republican initiative — the House-passed GOP budget plan — proposed to upend major safety net programs for children, the poor, and seniors.

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November 04, 2011 3:05 pm ET

GOP Responses To Jobs Report Ignore Main Obstacle To Growth

With the news this morning that the private economy added 104,000 jobs but the public sector shed 24,000, prominent Republicans had a chance to trot out the same tired, debunked explanation for slow economic growth they've been using throughout the Obama presidency. According to the GOP, job creators are not hiring because of regulations and high spending from Washington, D.C. But according to the job creators themselves, regulations, taxes and spending are not the issue — they simply don't have enough customers to justify expanding their workforces. The problem continues to be weak demand.

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September 21, 2011 10:36 pm ET

What Happened To The Republican Consensus On Climate Change?

In May right-wing activist Marc Morano said Republican candidates "can believe in the science of global warming ... if you keep your mouth shut about it and you advocate no quote-unquote solution to the problem." By contrast, the following statements show that in previous years, prominent Republicans spoke about both the robust body of evidence indicating that human activities are changing the climate and the need to address the problem. While the political discourse has since regressed, the scientific consensus has not.

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August 18, 2011 3:51 pm ET

GOP Dissembling On Stimulus: Now In Exciting New Graphic Form!

Misrepresenting the effects of the Recovery Act has become a standard strategy for the GOP, which recently decided to spruce up its stale message with a fancy chart. The chart and accompanying blog post, which appear on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) website, allege that the stimulus was a "failure" that "left us with 1.3 million fewer jobs and sky-high unemployment." But the truth about the Recovery Act boils down to a question of timelines: Republicans insist on examining the unemployment picture beginning the minute the Recovery Act passed into law, despite the fact that it's ridiculous to suggest that the funds and policies it authorized could immediately reverse the downward economic spiral that started before President Obama's election. A more honest way to count jobs is to look at when the Recovery Act began to affect the economy. Indeed, since June 2009, the economy has gained a net of over one million jobs while the private sector has added jobs for 17 consecutive months. Of course, the current unemployment picture is indeed worse than projected in 2009 — that's because the recession was far deeper than anyone realized.

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August 05, 2011 10:59 am ET

"Where Are The Jobs?" Republicans Cut Them

After pushing through a debt-ceiling increase deal comprised entirely of spending cuts, Republicans have returned to their "Where are the jobs?" messaging campaign. It is an ironic message given that Republicans have spent the 112th Congress insisting on spending cuts that will further undermine job creation. Following in the tradition of putting ideology ahead of the economy, Republicans threatened to let the United States default until they got a debt deal that included only spending cuts. The cuts in the bill could cost Americans another 1.8 million jobs next year and continue to hurt economic growth. Ultimately, when Republicans ask, "Where are the jobs?" they should ask themselves first.

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July 25, 2011 10:12 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 24, 2011

This week's Sunday shows were largely about the struggle to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed Obama's policies for "out of control" spending without noting that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recession, and the Bush tax cuts are the primary drivers of debt and deficits. He also touted the deeply problematic balanced budget amendment. On CNN, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) claimed that the House-passed GOP budget eliminated all corporate loopholes when it really secures tax breaks for big oil, all while necessitating a middle-class tax hike. Price also minimized the very serious effects of the checks that won't get paid out if the debt limit isn't raised by August 2nd. Later, Tim Pawlenty falsely claimed that President Obama is responsible for tripling deficits within his term. On Face the Nation, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) wrongly said that spending alone is the problem driving deficits. Finally, on Meet the Press, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) justified the GOP's efforts to obstruct debt ceiling negotiations by distorting credit rating agencies' warnings, and then blamed Democrats for the GOP-driven politicization of a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill.

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June 03, 2011 3:52 pm ET

Republicans Suddenly Embrace Fact-Checkers Who Routinely Call Them Liars

In order to attack Democrats' credibility on the House-passed Republican budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have recently cited independent fact-checkers' analyses Democratic statements about the GOP plan to dismantle the Medicare system. But those same fact-checking organizations routinely point out Republicans' false claims — including their distortions about how their plan would affect Medicare. And while those organizations have taken issue with specific phrasing or excessive rhetoric from Democrats, it's well-established that the Republican plan would, in fact, turn Medicare into a voucher system that would shift rising health care costs onto future seniors rather than preserving the Medicare program as-is.

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May 26, 2011 4:50 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Since 1991, Speaker Boehner Has Voted To Cut More Than $800 Billion From Medicare

After losing a special House election in a solid red district in New York, Republicans are trying to go back on the offensive, with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) insisting that "The only people in Washington, DC who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats." However, leaving aside the recently passed House Republican plan to privatize Medicare, Boehner's statement is far from true. As Political Correction previously documented, House Republicans have voted to cut over $1 trillion from Medicare since 1991. Boehner has personally voted to cut Medicare by a total of at least $814.3 billion.

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May 20, 2011 3:07 pm ET

Why You Shouldn't Trust Speaker Boehner's "150 Economists"

Over the last three months, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has repeatedly touted a letter he sent to President Obama in February signed by 150 American economists opposed to the administration's economic policies. The list of economists seems to suggest that experts in the field agree with Boehner. But a closer inspection reveals that many have made baseless predictions in the past, some endorse fringe economic ideas, many are employed by entities that receive funding from the Koch brothers, and others have used extreme partisan rhetoric to attack President Obama and other Democrats. Worse, 43 of the 150 economists previously signed a letter stating President Bush's tax cuts were "fiscally responsible." Boehner was hoping for credibility, but many of these economists are just not credible, even by the standards of conservative economics.

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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 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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April 28, 2011 9:46 am ET

Despite Republican Claims, President Obama Has Not Loaned Money To Brazil For Oil Production

Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed complaining about President Obama's decision to "finance oil exploration off Brazil." Although the article noted that it was only a "preliminary commitment," conservatives expressed outrage over Obama's supposed decision to finance drilling in Brazil and not at home instead. The issue resurfaced when gas prices spiked in March, prompting a round of attacks against the president. In reality, however, President Obama has not financed drilling in Brazil. The loan given was issued to Brazil by The Export Import Bank, an independent, non-taxpayer funded organization, and requires that the money be used to purchase American products, stimulating America's economy and creating American jobs.

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March 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET

Republicans Celebrate The Affordable Care Act's One-Year Anniversary By Reviving Old Lies

This morning on Fox News, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) declared that President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act "keep saying things that aren't true" about the law, while Republicans continue to "put the facts out and our facts are backed up by the authorities." Of course, Hatch has it exactly backwards, which was evident today as Republicans commemorated the health care law's one-year anniversary by repeating worn out lies about a "government takeover" that will destroy jobs, cut Medicare benefits, increase the deficit, and raise premiums. Let's examine the real facts about the Affordable Care Act.

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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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February 14, 2011 9:54 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

With Valentine's Day looming, the Sunday shows provided a timely reminder of the GOP's love for false talking points. While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrongly claimed that President Obama "refused to support" pro-democracy protestors in Iran in 2009, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confined themselves to stale misinformation about the economy. On Fox, Ryan implied that government workers have benefited most from Democrats' economic policies, alleged that President Obama tried to raise taxes by $2 trillion last year, and claimed that the president has increased spending by 84 percent. Meanwhile on NBC, Speaker Boehner told viewers that Obama's policies "destroy jobs." No matter how many times Republican leaders say these things, the facts continue to demonstrate that they're just not true.

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January 31, 2011 10:13 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 30, 2011

With the eyes of the world on Egypt, the political talk shows on Sunday still found time to let the Republican leaders in Congress recite dishonest talking points about domestic policy. On NBC's Meet the Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared that President Obama's economic philosophy "doesn't work," even after 12 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, and repeated the false claim that the Affordable Care Act cuts $500 billion from Medicare. On Fox News Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) described the Affordable Care Act as "job killing," despite the fact that nonpartisan experts disagree, and falsely stated that repealing the law would save money.  

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November 30, 2010 11:51 am ET

Sen. McConnell And Rep. Boehner Preempt White House Meeting With Dishonest Op-Ed

In a Washington Post op-ed, incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that the midterm election results constituted a repudiation of the Democratic agenda and a wholesale validation of the Republican one. In particular, they wrote that voters made it clear they wanted an extension of current tax rates for all brackets, including top earners, when in fact a majority of voters want tax cuts for the rich to expire. Boehner and McConnell also threw in some falsehoods about small business — claiming that we must permanently extend tax rates to prevent burdensome increases on small businesses — and health care reform. 

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November 23, 2010 5:49 pm ET

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 18, 2010 6:17 pm ET

Meet The Real Speaker-Elect

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October 06, 2010 12:04 am ET

The Real Driving Force Behind Boehner And The GOP: Special Interests And Lobbyists

Boehner-led Republicans have proven time and time again that their only agenda is to act on behalf of lobbyists, big corporations and the same special interest groups and billionaires who poured millions of dollars into their campaigns — all at the expense of the American people. Now set to take control of the House in January, Boehner and the GOP will return power to big business, let lobbyists write the rules again, and waste precious time and resources by cooking up subpoenas and investigations, rather than serving the national interest. 

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October 06, 2010 12:03 am ET

Branding Boehner

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September 30, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Rep. Boehner's AEI Speech Perpetuates Health Care Lies

While addressing The American Enterprise Institute, House Minority Leader John Boehner didn't even flinch as he claimed that the health care reform bill cuts from Medicare $550 billion "that it doesn't have" and "start[s] a brand new entitlement program." In fact, the only place new entitlement programs are being created is in Rep. Boehner's imagination: The Affordable Care Act leaves in place the private health care system. Furthermore, "cuts" to Medicare are actually savings created by eliminating excess in what the federal government will pay to private Medicare Advantage administrators, and the bill results in additional benefits for seniors.

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September 14, 2010 12:38 pm ET

Rep. Boehner's Politico Op-Ed Fits 4 Falsehoods Into 4 Sentences

In a Politico op-ed titled "How to jumpstart the economy," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) squeezed four blatant falsehoods into just four sentences.  Boehner accused President Obama of ignoring public opinion on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, claimed that allowing the cuts to expire would affect "half of small-business income in America," suggested that the Recovery Act "failed," and blamed Democratic policies for the debt.  All of those claims are demonstrably false.

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September 13, 2010 9:39 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 12, 2010

It was a typically dishonest Sunday for Republicans on the political talk shows. On Fox News Sunday, Newt Gingrich said businesses aren't hiring because President Obama wants to take all their money and because their health care costs are rising. In fact, studies show that a lack of consumer demand is holding down business investment, and the Affordable Care Act has its greatest cost impact on employer-based insurance. On Face the Nation, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) conceded that just 3% of small businesses will pay higher taxes under the Obama tax plan, but insisted that 3% accounts for 50% of small business income. No matter how often he says it, it just isn't true.

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August 24, 2010 5:26 pm ET

The Would-Be Speaker Has No Clothes: Rep. Boehner's Dishonest Economic Speech

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) gave a speech to the City Club of Cleveland in which he blasted President Obama and Democrats over the economy, and argued that businesses aren't hiring because they're afraid of Democrats' policies. In reality, Rep. Boehner's speech was full of dishonest claims about taxes and spending, the most egregious of which are collected below.

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August 09, 2010 10:02 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 8, 2010

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN) dodged repeated questions about the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts. Both indirectly suggested that government doesn't need to pay for tax cuts. There is a clear consensus among economists across the political spectrum that tax cuts don't pay for themselves, and that letting tax cuts swell deficits is, in a Bush adviser's words, "just future taxes." Rep. Boehner also suggested Social Security is unsustainable, and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) agreed on Fox News Sunday. In fact, Social Security is solvent through 2037, and the shortfall thereafter is fairly small. Elsewhere, Tony Perkins told Face the Nation viewers that the Prop. 8 decision ignored the impact of no-fault divorce laws on marriage, when in fact the ruling specifically addressed the subject.

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August 02, 2010 10:41 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 1, 2010

On this week's edition of Fox News Sunday, former Gov. Sarah Palin read a sheet of talking points accusing President Obama of plotting a $3.8 trillion tax hike. Of course, none of Palin's critique was accurate — Republicans wrote the Bush tax cuts with an expiration date, and Palin's fearmongering bears no resemblance to the actual White House proposal for extending pieces of the Bush cuts. Later in the show, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recited misleading GOP boilerplate about government takeovers and small businesses, and House Minority Leader John Boehner claimed the Democrats' response to the economic crisis has been ineffective, despite much evidence to the contrary. Elsewhere, Sen. Jon Kyl misled Face the Nation viewers about the impact of illegal immigrants on state budgets.

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April 28, 2010 11:45 am ET

Rep. Boehner Lies About Wall Street Reform In Ohio Op-Ed

In an April 28, 2010 op-ed in Hillsboro, Ohio's Times Gazette, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeated the Frank Luntz-inspired lie that Wall Street reform would create a permanent bailout fund.  In reality, the bill does NOT reward or bail out firms, but safely dismantles "any failed financial company" that threatens the stability of the entire economy.  The costs of dissolving these companies are paid NOT by taxpayers, but by fees levied on financial companies.

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