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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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January 07, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Family Research Council Spreads Homophobic Falsehoods In Misleading Email

On January 6, 2010, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council sent an email to supporters that falsely claimed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act "would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals... and 'transgenders'" including "Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries." In reality, the bill simply prevents unlawful discrimination, and even exempts small businesses and religious organizations.

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