A Compilation of Fact-Checks following first Debate

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courtesy the DNCIf you’re like me, you were probably stunned by the lack of push-back by President Obama during the first presidential debate. It seemed (and not just to me) that Romney was allowed to backtrack just about every position he’s ever held, make assertions he couldn’t back up with figures, distort the President’s record, and basically lie with impunity. Perhaps President Obama was thrown by Governor Romney’s apparent willingness to flat-out deny every principle he campaigned on for nearly two years.

I’ve reviewed most of the online “fact checks” of Wednesday night’s debate, and naturally, while most try to play the “both sides do it” game, Romney provided them with far more to be critical about. I ignored fact-checks from sites like HuffPo and Slate (not because of untrustworthiness, but because they tend to focus on only one candidate), and a definite pattern emerged (See FactCheck.org’s position on Obama’s “5-Million private sector jobs” claim #3 below for a laugh.) It seems to me that many of these “fact checks” went out of their way to “question” some Obama claims in order to create the appearance of “both sides were equally untruthful”. See if you agree.

So here is my compilation of “debunked” claims from the following sites: FactCheck.org, The Daily Beast, USA Today, PolitiFact, Politico, and The Washington Post.

  1. Obama accused Romney of proposing a $5 trillion tax cut.
  2. Romney: “Health-care costs have gone up by $2,500 a family.”
  3. “Obama said the U.S. economy has created 5 million private-sector jobs the past 30 months.”
  4. Romney: Oil production production is up only “on private lands, not public”.
  5. Romney (defending oil subsidies): The “$90 billion in breaks to the green energy world” is “about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.”
  6. Obama: “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”
  7. Romney brings back “Death Panels” by claiming ObamaCare “puts in place an unelected board that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have.”
  8. Romney: “The president said he’d cut the deficit in half. Unfortunately, he doubled it.”
  9. Obama said he would only return the tax rate of high income earners to the “rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president.”
  10. Romney claimed that middle-income Americans have “seen their income come down by $4,300.”
  11. Obama touted his “$4 trillion” deficit reduction plan based on Simpson-Bowles.
  12. Romney: “I’m not going to cut education funding. I don’t have a plan to cut education funding.”
  13. Obama: Romney will turn Medicare into a “voucher program.”
  14. Romney: “On Medicare for current retirees, [Obama’s] cutting $716 billion from the program.”
  15. Romney: The U.S. spends almost as much of its GDP on government as Spain [whose economy is collapsing].
  16. Romney: “Gasoline prices have doubled under the president”.
  17. Romney: “about half of [the green energy projects the federal government has] invested in, have gone out of business.”
  18. Obama: “It’s important for us…that we take some of the money that we’re saving as we wind down two wars to rebuild America.”
  19. Obama: “loopholes that are giving incentives for companies that are shipping jobs overseas.”
    Romney: “I’ve been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
  20. Romney: “Dodd-Frank was passed. And it includes within it a number of provisions that I think has some unintended consequences that are harmful to the economy. One is it designates a number of banks as too big to fail, and they’re effectively guaranteed by the federal government. This is the biggest kiss that’s been given to — to New York banks I’ve ever seen. This is an enormous boon for them. There’ve been 122 community and small banks have closed since Dodd-Frank.”

I have no doubt I missed plenty of “facts” waiting to be checked, but that’s just what the ones I’ve found online so far. By my count, Romney’s had more of his “facts” challenged, many of the challenges to Obama’s claims are fairly dubious, and the magnitude of Romney’s “lies” seem far more significant. But that’s just my opinion.

Oh, and for Romney’s tax plan to work, “Big Bird Must Die”? Really?

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