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December 01, 2010 3:55 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Despite Stated Opposition To Health Care Reform's 1099 Provision, Republicans Vote Against Repeal

For some time now, Republicans have desperately attempted to kill health care reform, peddling misleading claims and outright distortions to undermine the benefits of the law. In many instances, they have pointed to supposed ill-conceived provisions to denounce the legislation, using these specific details to contend that the bill is damaged beyond repair and therefore must be repealed. In particular, Republicans have decried the bill's 1099 reporting requirements for small businesses, claiming they are unnecessarily burdensome and will limit job creation. But when given an opportunity to vote on Sen. Max Baucus' (D-MT) amendment to repeal the 1099 provision and demonstrate their commitment to helping small businesses, Republicans balked. Indeed, despite their professed opposition to the 1099 provision, only two Republicans voted for the amendment.  

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November 30, 2010 11:51 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 30, 2010 10:56 am ET filed under Blog

Boehner & McConnell Pretend To Stick Up For "Struggling Middle-Class Families"

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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 15, 2010 6:06 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. McConnell Flips On Earmarks

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November 15, 2010 3:08 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Flips On Earmarks

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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 12:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell: GOP Will Cooperate When Obama "Agrees With The American People"

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November 04, 2010 11:54 am ET filed under Video

Sen. McConnell: We Only Want What The American People Want

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November 01, 2010 3:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Doubles Down On "One-Term President"

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October 27, 2010 7:17 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Boehner: "This Is Not A Time For Compromise"

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September 27, 2010 10:05 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 26, 2010

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September 27, 2010 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 26, 2010

Sunday's political talk shows didn't feature anything new as GOP Pledge Week wrapped up. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Tea Party Senate favorite Ken Buck (R-CO) each suggested in separate appearances that cutting rich people's taxes helps the economy by spurring investment (it does not). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled Face the Nation viewers about the impact of the Recovery Act (which helped the economy start growing again, despite what he says). Meanwhile, Senate hopeful Marco Rubio (R-FL) exaggerated the effect of the Arizona legislature's follow-on legislation that supposedly prevents racial profiling in the hunt for illegal immigrants. In reality, however, the add-on legislation was a cosmetic measure designed to expand profiling opportunities to include municipal ordinance violations.

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September 22, 2010 11:10 am ET filed under Blog

Is The Difference Between Free-Market Capitalism And Marxism Really 4.6%?

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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 14, 2010 12:06 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. McConnell Lies About Taxes on MSNBC

On September 14, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared on MSNBC's Daily Rundown to mislead viewers about the current debate over extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.  Despite polls that show nearly two thirds of Americans favor ending the tax cuts for the rich, McConnell claimed, "Americans think it's a bad idea to be raising taxes on anybody in the middle of a recession." Further, McConnell deceitfully downplayed the tax cuts' effect on the federal budget deficit.

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September 14, 2010 11:50 am ET filed under Video

Sen. McConnell Lies About Taxes On MSNBC

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September 13, 2010 6:35 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Defends Tax Cuts For The Rich To Protect The People "Hit Hardest By This Recession"

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September 13, 2010 6:12 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. McConnell Defends Tax Cuts For The Rich

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August 23, 2010 11:59 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell's Mosque Mendacity

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August 23, 2010 9:38 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 22, 2010

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August 23, 2010 9:15 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 22, 2010

Congress is still on recess as the summer comes to a close, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't taking a vacation from spreading misinformation.  On Sunday's Meet the Press, Sen. McConnell unleashed a torrent of false claims.  After blaming President Obama for the uproar over the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, McConnell turned his attention to the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of this year.  McConnell argued that the public opposes higher taxes for the wealthy, that higher tax rates for the top two income brackets would affect 50 percent of small businesses, and that the Bush tax cuts are not to blame for soaring deficits; all of those claims are patently false.  Later in the program, New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio (R) smeared Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as "not peace-loving," implying that he sympathizes with terrorists.

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August 02, 2010 10:44 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 1, 2010

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August 02, 2010 10:41 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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July 20, 2010 5:47 pm ET filed under Blog

After The Filibuster: Republicans Committed To Protecting The Rich, Ignoring The Jobless

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July 19, 2010 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 18, 2010

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July 19, 2010 10:18 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 18, 2010

The political shows were busy on Sunday, with Indiana Republican Mike Pence misleading Fox News Sunday viewers about the Recovery Act and Sen. Cornyn misrepresenting the origins of the federal deficit on Meet the Press. Sen. McConnell told State of the Union viewers a flagrant lie about the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill, and exaggerated the number of small businesses that benefit from the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Elsewhere, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions described the Tea Party as "one-third Democrat, one-third Republican" on Meet the Press despite clear evidence that Tea Party activists are overwhelmingly Republican. On Face the Nation, the task of defending Arizona's immigration law fell this week to former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who offered no new evidence to support his conviction that SB 1070 will not lead to ethnic profiling.

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