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June 03, 2011 3:52 pm ET filed under

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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June 01, 2011 12:11 pm ET filed under

Speaker Boehner Touts Letter From His Partisan Group Of "150 Economists"

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June 01, 2011 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

Why You Shouldn't Trust Speaker Boehner's Economists, Part II

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May 26, 2011 4:50 pm ET filed under

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 24, 2011 2:22 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's Hilariously Misleading Medicare Chart

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May 23, 2011 11:26 am ET filed under Blog

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

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May 20, 2011 3:07 pm ET filed under

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 4:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's Economic Illiteracy Is A Feature, Not A Bug

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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under

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 13, 2011 4:57 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Sums Up GOP Dishonesty In 140 Characters Or Less

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May 11, 2011 2:29 pm ET filed under Blog

Independent Fact Checkers Debunk Speaker Boehner's Bogus Economic Claims

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May 10, 2011 2:39 pm ET filed under

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 10:57 am ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Dodges Questions About Failure Of Bush Tax Cuts

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May 09, 2011 5:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner: "Monumentally Arrogant And Massively Irresponsible"

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May 06, 2011 1:47 pm ET filed under Blog

House Republicans Attempt To Spin Best Private-Sector Job Growth In Five Years

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May 05, 2011 2:40 pm ET filed under Blog

More Republicans Shy Away From GOP Medicare Plan

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May 03, 2011 4:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Memo To Speaker Boehner: GOP "Research" Contradicts Oil Prices Attack

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May 03, 2011 2:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor Insists Republicans Are "Very United" On Medicare Scheme

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May 03, 2011 1:22 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's New Energy Policy Advisor Is A Global Warming Denier

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May 03, 2011 10:26 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Unclear About Where They Stand On Health Exchanges

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April 28, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under

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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April 27, 2011 3:26 pm ET filed under Blog

Coburn-Norquist Spat Underscores GOP's Irrational Stance On Taxes

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April 26, 2011 1:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Didn't Want To Defend GOP Support For Oil Subsidies, So He Lied

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April 26, 2011 11:44 am ET filed under Blog

Who Could Have Guessed Speaker Boehner Would Play Chicken With The Debt Ceiling?

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April 26, 2011 10:48 am ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Admits Oil Companies Don't 'Pay Their Fair Share'

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April 13, 2011 6:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Leading GOPers Offer Impassioned Support For Job-Creating Government Spending

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April 12, 2011 11:29 am ET filed under Blog

CNN Poll: Majority Of Americans Want The Government To Fund The Health Care Law

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April 11, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Leaders Hype Rep. Paul Ryan's "Jobs Budget"

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April 08, 2011 10:48 am ET filed under Blog

Now Rep. Pence Says It's Democrats Who Want To Force Shutdown Over Abortion

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