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  • Title: FactCheck.org | A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to content.. Home.. Featured.. The Wire.. Ask FactCheck.. Mailbag.. Viral Spiral.. Archives.. About Us.. Romney's Stump Speech.. Presidential Campaign Puffery (Part 2)"/>.. Obama's Stump Speech.. Presidential Campaign Puffery (Part 1)"/>.. Dependency and Romney’s 47 Percenters.. A look at the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes.. "/>.. Don't get spun by Internet rumors.. Featured Articles.. Mailer Misleads Ohioans on Job Losses.. October 3.. In a mailer to Ohioans, a conservative group distorts Ohio’s job figures under President Obama and misquotes his administration about the potential for mismanaged stimulus money.. Ironically, the mailing from Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit group led by Grover Norquist, proclaims that it s “important for Ohio to get the.. More >>.. NRCC Reaching with Robocall.. A Republican campaign in Pennsylvania attacks a Democratic House candidate for things that weren t her doing in a strained attempt to tie her to a convicted cop murderer.. A robocall from the National Republican Congressional Committee went out to 8th District voters on Sept.. 27, claiming that Kathy Boockvar, the.. Social Security Scare.. Seniors beware: The Obama and Romney campaigns are making false claims about taxing Social Security benefits: Vice President Joe Biden told seniors in Florida that Romney s tax plan would raise taxes on your Social Security.. But that s not part of Romney s tax plan.. It s the Obama-Biden campaign s latest misrepresentation of.. Obama s Deficit Dodge.. September 28.. President Obama is falsely claiming that his administration’s policies are responsible for “about 10 percent of the deficits over the last four years.. The cumulative deficit during that time is nearly $5.. 2 trillion.. Obama signed two bills the 2009 stimulus and the 2010 tax cut that alone cost.. Romney s Food Stamp Stretch.. September 27.. Mitt Romney claims President Barack Obama caused a doubling of able-bodied persons on food stamps by taking “work out of the food stamps requirement.. ” That s an exaggeration.. All but four states had already received waivers from specific work requirements for some or all of their residents before Obama became president.. Soft on Rape? Nonsense.. In one of the most blatantly false attack ads of the political season, an outside Republican group blamed a former assistant district attorney now running for attorney general in Pennsylvania of going soft with plea deals in two rape cases she never actually handled.. In one case, the ad says,.. Dems Mislead on McMahon s Tax Stance.. September 26.. A TV ad funded by two Democratic PACs falsely claims Linda McMahon s tax plan hurts middle-class families.. ” Actually, her tax plan would reduce the marginal income tax rates for middle-income families married couples earning roughly between $70,700 and $142,700  ...   30-second television ads, or super PACs, or even radio or newspapers — there was the stump speech.. Ancient Greek politicians spoke directly to citizens.. A Campaign Full of Mediscare.. Obama and Romney both aim to slow Medicare spending.. But each accuses the other of hurting seniors in the process.. August 22.. The presidential campaign is overflowing with claims from both sides designed to scare seniors into thinking Medicare is being gutted or about to end altogether.. Lost in the flurry of attack ads and political messaging is a policy debate on how best to reduce the growth of Medicare spending, a common goal of both campaigns.. If all voters know.. Romney s Impossible Tax Promise.. Experts say he can't cut rates without losing revenue or favoring the wealthy.. August 3.. Tax experts including one who supports Romney s plan say the Republican presidential candidate s promise to cut individual income tax rates without either favoring the wealthy or losing revenue isn t mathematically possible.. That s the conclusion of the Tax Policy Center in a report the Romney campaign attacked.. Whoppers of 2012, Early Edition.. A presidential campaign that is nasty, brutish and long.. July 20.. Thomas Hobbes oft-cited phrase from 1651, nasty, brutish and short, does not describe the 2012 presidential campaign unfortunately.. The contest so far has been nasty all right, and disregard for the truth has been brutish on both sides, in our judgment.. But alas, it won t be over until Nov.. Obama s Outsourcer Overreach.. The president's campaign fails to back up its claims that Romney 'shipped jobs' overseas.. June 29.. Obama accuses Romney in a series of TV ads of being a corporate raider who shipped jobs to China and Mexico, asking if voters want to elect an outsourcer in chief.. But some of the claims in the ads are untrue, and others are thinly supported.. Bain Capital, the.. View more Articles.. Q:.. Has President Barack Obama signed 900 executive orders, some of which create martial law?.. A:.. No.. Obama s executive orders do not create martial law.. And so far he has signed 139 executive orders not 900.. Read the full question and answer.. View the Ask FactCheck archives.. 2012 Players Guide.. View the 2012 Players Guide.. View the 2010 Players Guide.. View the 2010 Cash Attack Conference.. FactCheck Mailbag.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Sept.. 25-Oct.. 1.. Am I supposed to read into this that Obama's speech is more distorted, less credible than Romney's?.. See letters from previous weeks.. View the Quiz archives.. View the FactCheck FAQ.. Recommended Tweets.. Be Our Friend.. Become a Facebook fan.. Follow us on Twitter.. FactCheck Connections.. Get the Feed.. FactCheck Mobile.. Get the E-mail.. Privacy.. Copyright Policy.. Contact Us..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Articles
    Descriptive info: Articles.. Older posts.. Posted on.. September 20, 2012.. Posted in.. Articles.. |.. Tagged.. Mitt Romney.. ,.. stump speech.. Comments Off.. September 19, 2012.. Corrected on.. September 25, 2012.. Barack Obama.. campaign 2012.. health care (225).. medicare (78).. Mitt Romney (146).. August 22, 2012.. medicare.. Paul Ryan.. August 3, 2012.. August 6, 2012.. taxes.. July 20, 2012.. health care.. stimulus.. whoppers.. June 29, 2012.. Updated on.. July 2, 2012.. Bain Capital.. off-shoring.. outsouring.. Romney, Obama Uphold Health Care Falsehoods.. June 28, 2012.. With the U.. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on June 28, voters are guaranteed to continue hearing the same old false claims about the law from politicians.. And President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wasted little time.. health care law.. supreme court.. Obama Twists Romney s  ...   states that job creation.. debt.. employment.. Outsourcing.. Obama s Spending: Inferno or Not?.. June 4, 2012.. Is President Obama s spending an inferno, as Mitt Romney claims, or a binge that never happened as an analysis touted by the White House concluded? We judge that both of those claims are wrong on the facts.. The truth is that the nearly 18 percent spike in spending.. Rex Nutting.. spending.. Romney s Solar Flareout.. June 1, 2012.. An ad from the Romney campaign strains facts to make its point that federal grants and loans to green-energy companies were improperly steered to Obama s political backers, and that federal money was wasted on failing companies that are now laying off employees.. It claims the inspector general said.. Department of Energy.. green energy.. Solyndra.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 39..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : The FactCheck Wire
    Descriptive info: The FactCheck Wire.. October 3, 2012.. The FactCheck Wire.. Joe Biden.. Social Security.. September 28, 2012.. deficit.. President Obama.. September 27, 2012.. food stamps.. Kathleen Kane.. Pennsylvania.. Republican State Leadership Committee.. September 26, 2012.. Bush tax cuts.. Connecticut's Future PAC.. Department of Education.. Linda McMahon.. Majority PAC.. American Crossroads.. bill Nelson.. china.. Romney, Obama Court Moms, Distort Facts.. Mitt Romney and President Obama each distort the facts in TV ads aimed at young mothers: Romney s ad falsely attributes the nation s $16 trillion debt all to Obama when it says your share of Obama’s debt is over $50,000.. The total public debt was $10.. 6 trillion when  ...   lying in a new ad that says he is pro-choice, and he supports a woman s right to choose.. That s wrong.. Brown has consistently said he is a supporter of abortion rights dating back to 2004, and.. abortion.. Scott Brown.. NRCC Attack Ad Misleads Iowa Voters.. September 18, 2012.. A Republican TV ad falsely claims that businesses are forced to drop health care coverage and families are losing health care benefits under the new federal health care law.. That s what s happening, the ad says.. But that s not happening now.. The claim is based on a July survey of corporate.. National Republican Congressional Committee.. 90..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Ask FactCheck
    Descriptive info: Ask FactCheck.. Obama s Executive Orders.. Posted onTuesday, September 25, 2012.. Tagged.. Barack Obama (444).. chain e-mail (103).. executive order.. GM s Government Sales.. Posted onWednesday, September 12, 2012.. Did the government buy 79 percent of all vehicles sold by General Motors in June?.. No, that viral rumor is false.. All fleet customers combined including rental car companies and state and local governments accounted for less than one-third of GM s June sales.. General Motors.. GM.. Muslim Prayer Service at the DNC?.. Posted onFriday, August 31, 2012.. Q.. :.. Is the Democratic National Convention hosting a Muslim Jumah prayer service after rejecting a Catholic cardinal s offer to lead a prayer?.. A.. :.. A Muslim group  ...   budget cuts by the new Republican House slash $2.. 5 trillion from federal spending over 10 years?.. The list is real.. But so far, there has been no action on the bill, which was sponsored by 33 conservative GOP House members.. budget (25).. Obama s Sealed Records.. Posted onTuesday, July 31, 2012.. Are Obama s early records sealed ?.. Many records that presidential candidates don t ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not sealed by a court.. The 16 claims in a widely distributed graphic are mostly false or distorted.. false claims.. sealed documents.. viral emails.. Have a question for FactCheck?.. Ask us.. Or see the most popular questions on our.. page.. Next Page..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : FactCheck Mailbag
    Descriptive info: FactCheck Mailbag.. October 2, 2012.. This week, readers sent us comments about the percentage of Americans not paying federal income taxes and inadvertent bias in our articles on the presidential candidates stump speeches.. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive.. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.. org.. Letters may be edited.. 4-10.. September 14, 2012.. This week, readers sent us a few comments about our fact-checks of the Democratic and Republican conventions.. We also received several thank you notes.. Letters may be edited for length.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Aug.. 21-27.. August 29, 2012.. This week, readers sent us comments about the Republican Party s platform on abortion and a speech President Obama gave in July on his plan to reduce the deficit.. 7-13.. August 16, 2012.. This week, readers sent us comments both criticizing and praising our reporting.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of July 24-30.. August 1,  ...   on the whoppers, so far, of the 2012 campaign.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of July 10-16.. July 19, 2012.. This week, readers sent us both positive and negative reviews of the website.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of July 3-9.. July 11, 2012.. This week, readers sent us more letters about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital and the federal health care law.. There were some letters of encouragement, too.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of June 26-July 2.. July 5, 2012.. This week, readers sent us letters about claims that Mitt Romney outsourced jobs at Bain Capital, the pay gap between men and women, and whether Americans will be able to keep their current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email.. FactCheck Mailbag, Week of June 19-25.. This week, a reader challenged claims that FactCheck.. org has a bias.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Don’t get spun by Internet rumors
    Descriptive info: Don t get spun by Internet rumors.. Don t get spun by Internet rumors.. Just because you read it on somebody’s blog or in an email from a friend or relative doesn’t mean it’s true.. It’s probably not, as we advised in our special report “.. Is this chain e-mail true?.. ” back on March 18, 2008.. On this page we feature a list of the false or misleading viral rumors we’re asked about most often, and a brief summary of the facts.. But.. click on the links to read the full articles.. There is a lot more detail in each answer.. Obama’s executive orders do not create martial law.. And so far he has signed 139 executive orders — not 900.. Sept.. 25, 2012.. All fleet customers combined — including rental car companies and state and local governments — accounted for less than one-third of GM’s June sales.. 12, 2012.. Are Obama’s early records “sealed”?.. Many records that presidential candidates don’t ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not “sealed” by a court.. July 31, 2012.. Does the Obama administration intend to “force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for U.. citizens” through a United Nations treaty?.. The administration plans to negotiate a treaty to regulate the international export and import of weapons.. It says that it won’t support any treaty that regulates the domestic transfer or ownership of weapons, or that infringes on the Second Amendment.. June 27, 2012.. Did Barack and Michelle Obama “surrender” their law licenses to avoid ethics charges?.. A court official confirms that no public disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against either of them, contrary to a false Internet rumor.. By voluntarily inactivating their licenses, they avoid a requirement to take continuing education classes and pay hundreds of dollars in annual fees.. Both could practice law again if they chose to do so.. June 14, 2012.. Is General Motors becoming ‘China Motors’ using taxpayer dollars?.. The restructured GM is still based in Detroit and is still one-third owned by the U.. government.. But it sells nearly as many cars in China as in the U.. and has continued expanding operations there.. June 8, 2012.. Did President Obama secretly sign a law that makes it a crime to protest against him or ask him a question he doesn’t like?.. He openly announced the signing of a bill overwhelmingly passed by Congress that slightly revises a 1971 law against trespassing into areas under Secret Service protection.. May 7, 2012.. Is the National Association of Realtors lobbying to repeal a 3.. 8 percent “sales tax” on homes before it takes effect in 2013?.. There’s no such “sales tax” in the new health care law.. And Medicare premiums aren’t going to $247 either.. But these virulent falsehoods keep going around.. April 30, 2012.. Is Obama’s finance team recommending a 1 percent tax on all bank transactions, as a chain e-mail claims?.. This idea was first floated in 2004 by one House member, who says it would replace the federal income tax and eliminate the national debt.. So far it has gone nowhere.. 8, 2010; Updated: June 5, 2012.. Is there any truth in the e-mail claiming to give a few highlights from the first 500 pages of the Healthcare bill ?.. Barely.. We examined all 48 claims, finding 26 of them to be false and 18 to be misleading, only partly true or half true.. Only four are accurate.. Aug.. 28, 2009.. Are three former Fannie Mae executives economic advisers to Obama?.. No, claims made in a chain e-mail are false.. Jim Johnson advised on non-economic matters but quit after a week.. Franklin Raines says he took a couple of calls but was never an adviser.. We find no evidence Tim Howard ever had a connection to the Obama campaign.. Oct.. 9, 2008.. Will Muslim Americans be exempt from the mandate to have health insurance?.. The Muslim faith does not forbid purchasing health insurance, and no Muslim group has ever been considered exempt under the definitions used in the health care law.. May 20, 2010.. Is President Obama giving away several Alaskan islands to Russia?.. The U.. has never claimed ownership of the islands identified in viral emails and websites.. They lie far closer to the coast of Siberia than to Alaska.. March 27, 2012.. Is President Obama responsible for Chinese companies building U.. bridges with stimulus money, as  ...   flew with several staffers.. 16, 2010.. Is it true that nobody remembers Obama attending Columbia University?.. At least one of his classmates remembers him well, and the university proudly claims Obama.. Was President Obama s tour bus made in Canada?.. The shell of the $1.. 1 million bus came from Canada, but it was converted for the Secret Service by a company in Tennessee.. 25, 2011.. Is a chart claiming to show the top 20 raises to White House staffers accurate?.. It s misleading.. The salary increases for 19 of the 21 employees listed resulted from promotions.. Average pay for White House staff actually declined.. 4, 2011.. What about the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 ?.. A viral e-mail calls for fixing some abuses and excesses that don’t exist, repeating misinformed claims that we’ve addressed before.. March 18, 2011.. Do statistics in a chain e-mail give an accurate report card of President Obama’s first two years?.. Not exactly.. The author made many minor mistakes and some major omissions in describing the terrible economic conditions he attributes to the president.. Does Illinois pay a grandmother $1,500 per month per child to be the foster parent to her eight grandchildren?.. State officials have no record of such a case, and state law would not allow it.. This second-hand story spread by a Danville urologist isn’t true.. Dec.. 10, 2010.. Has President Obama canceled the May 6 National Day of Prayer?.. This widely circulated falsehood echoes similar claims made last year when the president issued a pro-prayer-day proclamation but didn’t hold White House services as President Bush had done.. April 29, 2010.. Was Michelle Obama s brother s job saved with money from the stimulus act?.. This chain email is a hoax.. It makes a ridiculously false claim about Craig Robinson, who is the head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team and the first lady s older brother.. March 22, 2010.. Did Obama loan $2 billion to Brazil’s oil company to benefit China and George Soros?.. The president had nothing to do with the loan, which the Export-Import Bank approved for Brazil to buy U.. -made equipment and services.. 18, 2009.. Is the ACLU suing to have cross-shaped headstones removed from military cemeteries?.. The ACLU has filed no such suit, and it hasn’t sued to end prayer from the military either.. July 5, 2009.. Did Obama accuse veterans of selfishness and whining? Would he have forced them to pay for their war injuries ?.. This chain e-mail contains fabricated quotes and misrepresents a budget idea that the White House scrapped.. May 12, 2009.. Has a smoking gun been found to prove Obama was not born a U.. citizen? Did he attend Occidental College on a scholarship for foreign students?.. This chain e-mail is a transparent April Fools Day hoax.. It fabricates an AP news story about an nonexistent group, and makes false claims about Obama and the Fulbright program.. May 7, 2009.. Is Congress about to give Social Security to illegal immigrants?.. Congress hasn t voted on any measure to pay benefits to illegal immigrants, and has no plans for any such vote.. March 1, 2009.. (This long-standing falsehood was bandied about back in 2006 and again during the 2008 presidential election.. ).. Was Obama born in the U.. A.. ?.. Yes.. We give you the truth about Obama s birth certificate.. 21, 2008.. Updated Nov.. 1, 2008.. Is there a connection between FactCheck.. org and Barack Obama or Bill Ayers?.. None, aside from benefiting at different times from the charity of the late publisher Walter Annenberg.. We are a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and get funding from the Annenberg Foundation, created by Walter Annenberg in 1989.. Ayers was one of three Chicago educators who applied for a grant from the Annenberg Foundation in 1995, which was one of 5,200 grants the foundation made during its first 15 years.. That $49 million grant, plus additional funds raised locally, funded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which sought to improve Chicago public schools.. Obama was selected by Chicago officials (not Ayers) to chair the board set up to administer Annenberg Challenge funds, and he headed it until 1999.. FactCheck.. org came into being in late 2003.. For other details see our.. 10, 2008.. , article about Obama and Ayers, which includes a sidebar: FactCheck.. org and the Annenberg Challenge.. Comments are closed..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Archives
    Descriptive info: Archives.. Browse by Month:.. October 2012.. (2).. September 2012.. (30).. August 2012.. (49).. July 2012.. (36).. June 2012.. (38).. May 2012.. (42).. April 2012.. (39).. March 2012.. February 2012.. January 2012.. (40).. December 2011.. (26).. November 2011.. (27).. October 2011.. (41).. September 2011.. (46).. August 2011.. (29).. July 2011.. (34).. June 2011.. May 2011.. April 2011.. (24).. March 2011.. February 2011.. (23).. January 2011.. (25).. December 2010.. (19).. November 2010.. October 2010.. (52).. September 2010.. (48).. August 2010.. (51).. July 2010.. June 2010.. May 2010.. April 2010.. March 2010.. February 2010.. (53).. January 2010.. (57).. December 2009.. (59).. November 2009.. October 2009.. (65).. September 2009.. (74).. August 2009.. (61).. July 2009.. June 2009.. (67).. May 2009.. April 2009.. (35).. March 2009.. February 2009.. (31).. January 2009.. (15).. December 2008.. (13).. November 2008.. (17).. October 2008.. (98).. September 2008.. (96).. August 2008.. July 2008.. June 2008.. May 2008.. April 2008.. March 2008.. February 2008.. January 2008.. December 2007.. (28).. October 2007.. (1).. September 2007.. (6).. August 2007.. (7).. May 2007.. April 2007.. June 2004.. May 2004.. April 2004.. March 2004.. February 2004.. December 2003.. Browse by Section:.. (387).. (346).. Cash Attack.. (3).. Fact of the Day.. (315).. (159).. FactCheck Radio.. (43).. org On the  ...   Gingrich (48).. abortion (47).. health care reform (45).. stimulus (44).. energy (41).. Michele Bachmann (36).. Rick Santorum (36).. Rick Perry (34).. military (34).. health care law (34).. Cash Attack (33).. podcast (33).. Players Guide (32).. stimulus bill (31).. Joe Biden (29).. Nancy Pelosi (29).. sunday talk shows (28).. illegal immigrants (27).. budget (27).. Congress (26).. Harry Reid (25).. immigration (25).. oil (25).. debt (24).. cap-and-trade (24).. John Boehner (24).. deficit (23).. presidential debate (23).. George W.. Bush (23).. Paul Ryan (23).. Guns (22).. unemployment (22).. Mitch McConnell (20).. Ron Paul (20).. Iraq (20).. earmarks (19).. education (19).. supreme court (18).. birth certificate (18).. Mike Huckabee (17).. oil spill (16).. spending (16).. DCCC (16).. Crossroads GPS (15).. Bill Clinton (15).. afghanistan (15).. Bailout (15).. 2010 midterm elections (15).. Rudy Giuliani (14).. climate change (14).. TV ad (14).. David Axelrod (13).. Bain Capital (13).. Wall Street (13).. social issues (13).. org (13).. television ad (13).. Americans United for Change (13).. TARP (13).. ethics (12).. Rand Paul (12).. Bush tax cuts (12).. Sharron Angle (12).. Herman Cain (12).. chamber of commerce (12).. crime (12).. Health Care for America Now (12).. Americans for Prosperity (12).. AFSCME (12).. vice presidential debate (12).. MoveOn.. org (11).. special election (11)..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : About Us
    Descriptive info: About Us.. Our Mission.. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.. politics.. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.. org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.. Our Funding.. Prior to fiscal 2010, we were supported entirely by three sources: funds from the APPC’s own resources (specifically an endowment created in 1993 by the Annenberg Foundation at the direction of the late Walter Annenberg, and a 1995 grant by the Annenberg Foundation to fund APPC’s Washington, D.. C.. , base); additional funds from the Annenberg Foundation; and grants from the Flora Family Foundation.. We do not seek and have never accepted, directly or indirectly, any funds from corporations, unions, partisan organizations or advocacy groups.. In 2010, we began accepting donations from individual members of the public for the first time, responding to many unsolicited offers of support from our subscribers.. We launched our first public appeal for donations in April 2010.. At that time we also decided to disclose our finances in greater detail, so that our readers may judge for themselves whether or not any of those individual donations could influence us.. Our policy is to disclose the identity of any individual donor giving $1,000 or more.. We also disclose the total amount, average amount and number of individual donations.. Note: In addition to the sums reported here, FactCheck.. org receives in-kind support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center including office space, utilities and technical support from APPC staff, and salary for one election-year staff employee.. We do not attempt to assign a dollar value to these in-kind services, which are funded from the APPC s own resources.. Financial Disclosure:.. Fiscal Year 2013, First Quarter.. (3 months ending Sept.. 30, 2012).. Annenberg Foundation:.. $284,911.. Individual donors:.. $18,208.. 50.. During this 3-month period, we received a total of 158 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was a bequest of $6,181.. The average individual donation was $115.. 24, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.. The individual donors included these who gave $1,000 or more:.. Estate of Marvin London, Portland, ME (bequest): $6,181.. Paul Spraos, New York, NY: $2,500.. Michael Powell, Sherwood, OR: $1,000.. Parke Terry, Sacramento, CA: $1,000.. Fiscal Year 2012.. (12 months ending June 30, 2012).. $849,802.. $107,644.. During this 12-month period, we received a total of 2,183 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $2,500.. The average individual donation was $49.. 31, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.. Howard and Penny Burt Family Fund: $2,500.. Michael A.. Ramey, Seattle, Wash.. : $1,000.. Allen Stenger, Alamogordo, N.. M.. Thomas Ferguson, Nolanville, Texas: $1,000.. David Joerg, New York, N.. Y.. Leighton Moss, Houston, Texas: $1,000.. Fiscal Year 2012, Fourth Quarter.. (3 months ending June 30, 2012).. $197,699.. $5,149.. During this three-month period, we received a total of 70 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $1,000.. The average individual donation was $73.. 55, and half of our individual donations during this period were $25 or less.. Click to expand/collapse the full text.. Fiscal Year 2011.. (12 months ending June 30, 2011).. Annenberg Foundation:.. $612,125.. Carnegie Corporation of New York:.. $100,000.. Rajkumar Anketell, Hackensack, N.. J.. :.. $5,000.. $1,000.. Individual donations of less than $1,000 each:.. $49,018.. 59.. Non-corporate employer matching (Pew Charitable Trusts):.. During this 12-month period, we received a total of 942 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $5,000.. The average individual donation was $59.. 40.. Half of our individual donations were $25 or less.. Fiscal Year 2010.. (12 months ending June 30, 2010).. Annenberg Foundation.. : $806,542.. Flora Family Foundation:.. $99,093.. $11,498.. During this period, we received a total of 281 gifts from individual donors, the largest of which was $500.. The average individual donation was $40.. 92.. Our Staff.. Brooks Jackson.. Director, FactCheck.. Brooks Jackson is a journalist who has covered Washington and national politics since 1970, reporting in turn for the Associated Press, the.. Wall Street Journal.. and CNN.. He joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2003 and launched FactCheck.. org in December of that year.. At CNN, he pioneered the adwatch and factcheck form of stories debunking false and misleading political statements, starting with the presidential election of 1992.. His investigative reporting for the AP and the Journal won several national awards.. He is the author of three books: Honest Graft: Big Money and the American Political Process (Knopf, 1988); Broken Promise: Why the Federal Election Commission Failed (Twentieth Century Fund, 1990); and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Random House, 2007).. Eugene Kiely.. Deputy Director, FactCheck.. Eugene Kiely is a journalist who has covered government and politics for more than 20 years.. Prior to joining FactCheck.. org, Kiely was a Washington assignment editor at.. USA TODAY.. , leading a team of reporters who focused on Congress, politics and government accountability.. Previously, he worked at the.. Philadelphia Inquirer.. , starting as a statehouse reporter in Trenton, N.. , and rising to become the Pennsylvania state editor.. At the.. Inquirer.. , Kiely coordinated coverage of the Amish schoolhouse shooting, honored with a 2007 Sigma Delta Chi award for breaking news.. He also worked at.. The Record.. in Hackensack, N.. , where he served as the statehouse bureau chief in Trenton.. He was the editor of Open for Business, a series on then-Gov.. Christie Whitman’s environmental policies that won the 1996 John Oakes award.. Kiely studied at Livingston College  ...   rhetorical writing.. Prior to joining the Annenberg Public Policy Center in May 2007, she worked for the National Academies Press.. She has also worked for the National Institutes of Health and as a freelance researcher and editor.. org in January, 2011 to become a news writer for Grist.. Justin Bank.. org (October 2005 April 2010).. Justin Bank earned both his B.. A in political science and public communication and his M.. A in applied politics at American University.. He joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in October 2005 with various experiences across the public affairs spectrum.. He has worked in the newsroom at the.. New York Post.. , assisted the director of communications for the AFL-CIO-affiliated seniors advocacy group the Alliance for Retired Americans, and worked for a boutique public relations firm specializing in health care policy.. Justin left FactCheck in April 2010 to work for the.. Washington Post.. Joe Miller.. org (April 2007 December 2009).. Joe Miller earned his B.. in philosophy from Hampden-Sydney College, his M.. in philosophy from Virginia Tech and his Ph.. D.. in political philosophy from the University of Virginia.. He joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in April 2007 after working as a writer with the Mack/Crounse Group.. Previously he was an assistant professor of philosophy at the United States Military Academy and at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a visiting fellow at the Callaghan Centre for Conflict Studies at the University of Wales at Swansea.. Emi Kolawole.. org (November 2005 January 2009).. Emi Kolawole earned her B.. in international relations and theater studies from Wellesley College and studied abroad at both the Panthéon-Sorbonne and the National Theater Institute.. She joined the Annenberg Public Policy Center in November 2005, after working as a news researcher at.. Congressional Quarterly.. on issues of defense, foreign policy, intelligence and homeland security.. Previously, she was a production assistant at PBS NOW With Bill Moyers, and worked in the Washington area office of a defense contractor.. Emi left FactCheck in January 2009 and later worked as an associate producer for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.. She is now with the.. James Ficaro.. org (September 2005 December 2006).. James Ficaro earned his B.. B.. in finance at the University of Texas in 2003.. After finishing his undergraduate work, James moved to D.. and received his masters in public policy from the George Mason University School of Public Policy in 2005.. 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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Romney’s Stump Speech
    Descriptive info: Romney s Stump Speech.. Summary.. But unless you were at Holman Stadium that day, saw it on the local TV news or read about it the next day in the.. Union Leader.. , you probably didn t hear anything about it.. That s true of most stump speeches.. While the Nashua stump speech was very much a local event, presidential candidates tend to deliver very similar versions of the same speech over and over as they make their long-form pitch to audiences around the country.. Just as with our.. previous analysis of Obama s stump speech.. , we found numerous instances of candidate spin in what Romney had to say.. For example:.. Romney says Obama said by now [unemployment] would be down to 5.. 4 percent.. But Romney is referring to a speculative report issued at the beginning of Obama s presidency containing projections not promises.. Those projections relied on prevailing economic models that quickly proved to have underestimated the depths of the recession at that time.. Romney says median family income dropped $5,000 under Obama.. That s an exaggeration.. The true loss of inflation-adjusted, median family income was $3,290 during Obama’s first three years.. Romney s figure is based on a report that covers a period that includes 13 months before Obama took office.. Romney says health insurance premiums have gone up $2,500 under Obama.. The actual increase has been $1,700, most of which was absorbed by employers and only a small part of which is attributable to the health care law.. Romney blames Obama for the cost of gasoline doubling, but that s misleading.. Gasoline prices happened to be unusually low when Obama took office due to the recession and financial crisis.. Romney cited a Chamber of Commerce survey as evidence that small-business owners are less likely to hire because of the health care law.. But experts warn not to place too much weight on the survey because it was an opt-in, online survey.. Romney said Obama cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare, but these cuts in the future growth of spending prolong the life of the Medicare trust fund, stretching the program’s finances out longer than they would last otherwise.. Romney said the health care law is killing jobs in small business.. ” But CBO says the law would have a “small” impact on jobs, mainly affecting the amount of labor workers choose to supply.. Those getting subsidies, for instance, might work less hours since they’re paying less for health care.. Romney said he would bring health care costs down by finally deal[ing] with malpractice costs, but experts say medical malpractice doesn t make much of a dent in health care spending.. There are other misleading claims including bluster on the Keystone XL pipeline and a claim that Obama has lived up to a promise about skyrocketing energy costs.. And, of course, no Romney speech is complete without a reference to Obama s comment, If you ve got a business, you didn t build that, a quote that has been lifted out of context.. Full quotes and our analysis of the accuracy of claims in Romney s stump speech are contained in the Analysis section that follows.. Note.. to readers:.. This is the second part of a two-part series examining the factual claims made by both major candidates.. We posted our findings about.. President Barack Obama s stump-speech claims.. in a previous Featured Article.. Analysis.. For the purposes of this story, we focused primarily on Romney s speech in Nashua, N.. (You can watch an amateur video of Romney s Nashua speech.. here.. ) But Romney doesn t always deliver the exact same stump speech.. He sprinkles particular claims in some speeches but not others.. And so we have included a few claims from two other recent Romney speeches one made the same day in.. Orange City, Iowa.. , and another from a.. campaign event.. in Mansfield, Ohio, on Sept.. Here s what we found:.. The Unemployment Promise?.. Romney.. : [Obama] said by now [unemployment] would be down to 5.. This is a slight variation on an old, frequently cited (and misleading) claim that Obama promised to keep unemployment below 8 percent.. Its roots are in a report issued by Christina Romer, then chair of Obama s Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared Bernstein, who held the title of chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden.. The Jan.. 9, 2009,.. report.. sought to forecast the unemployment rate with and without the then-proposed economic stimulus.. Romney is correct that the report projected the unemployment rate with the economic stimulus would be 5.. 4 percent in the third quarter of 2012.. The report projected it would be about 6 percent without the stimulus.. Romney, however, has framed these forecasts as Obama promises, and that s a stretch.. For one, the report emphasized in several places that due to the volatility of the economy at the time, there was substantial uncertainty around all of our estimates.. As.. we wrote back in June 2009.. , the White House explanation was that the economic situation Obama inherited simply turned out to be much worse than most economists realized at the time.. Indeed, the original chart was based on economic projections that were in line with what private economists were forecasting in early January 2009, but those forecasts were being revised for the worse even before any stimulus money was spent.. Here s the original chart:.. It shows, for example, that the Obama team originally estimated that unless a stimulus plan was enacted, the unemployment rate would reach nearly 9 percent sometime in the first three months of 2010.. But as things turned out, even with the big spending package in place, the jobless rate shot up to 9.. 4 percent in May 2009, according to the U.. Bureau of Labor Statistics.. In short, it was a highly speculative report containing projections not promises that relied on prevailing economic models that quickly proved to have underestimated the depths of the recession at that time.. Median Income.. : And so the median income in America, instead of going up like the president said it would, has instead come down by $5,000 a family.. This is an exaggeration.. Typically, Romney claims family income has fallen by $4,000 (not $5,000) under Obama.. But whether $5,000 or $4,000, as we noted in.. our coverage of the convention speech.. , the number is inflated.. New figures from the Census Bureau for 2011 — released after Romney spoke — show the true loss of real (that is, inflation-adjusted), median family income was $3,290 during Obama’s first three years.. Romney took his $4,000 figure from.. a study by Sentier Research.. back in July.. But he misrepresents it.. Part of that $4,000 loss took place prior to Obama taking office in January 2009.. It doesn’t say exactly how much of that $4,000 drop came before Obama took office.. The study measured the drop in household (not “family”) income starting in December 2007, when the recession officially started — which was 13 months before Obama took office — and ending in June 2012.. More recently, Romney has said simply that median household income “is down every year for the last four years,” which is true.. But that also exaggerates, since it includes Bush’s last year plus Obama’s three years.. Finally, there’s some reason to think the income decline bottomed out a year ago.. Sentier Research, which Romney cites as his source, says.. in its latest report — issued Sept.. , just before the official Census figures for 2011 — that household income is higher now that it was in September of 2011, when Sentier’s Seasonally Adjusted Household Income Index hit its lowest point.. (See Figure 1, Page 10.. Health Insurance Premiums.. : Health insurance premiums have gone up by $2500 [under Obama].. Romney appears to have mixed up two statistics here: Obama s promise to reduce health insurance premiums by $2,500 (an optimistic claim.. we have questioned.. several.. times.. , ever since the soon-to-be president first made the promise on the campaign trail) and the actual rise in insurance premiums.. As we reported in March, the average cost of a family policy rose by $1,300 between 2010 and 2011, according to the.. Kaiser Family  ...   could be “raided.. The president can’t take money out of the trust fund which had.. $244.. 2 billion.. at the end of 2011.. Medicare holds its trust fund bonds and can cash them in as it needs to cover whatever isn’t paid by current payroll taxes.. The health care law even increases the amount of tax revenue that will flow into the trust fund by imposing a 0.. 9 percent Medicare surcharge on certain high-income individuals.. If Part A doesn’t need to spend income it receives from payroll taxes immediately, Treasury issues Medicare a bond and the amount is credited to Medicare’s Part A trust fund.. When Medicare wants to cash that bond, Treasury has to pay it, even if Treasury already spent the original money on something else.. And that’s where Romney has a point.. The health care law counts those savings as money that can also cover other aspects of the law.. But both the Congressional Budget Office and Medicare’s chief actuary have said that in practice, the $716 billion savings can’t cover two things at once.. Killing Jobs?.. In the same speech, Romney repeated another frequent attack on Obamacare :.. : I want to get rid of Obamacare because it s killing jobs in small business.. This.. oft-cited claim.. is based, in part, on a faulty reading of a report from the Congressional Budget Office in.. Here s what the report says:.. CBO:.. The Congressional Budget Office(CBO) estimates that the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor used in the economy by a small amount—roughly half a percent—primarily by reducing the amount of labor that workers choose to supply.. ….. The expansion of Medicaid and the availability of subsidies through the exchanges will effectively increase beneficiaries’ financial resources.. Those additional resources will encourage some people to work fewer hours or to withdraw from the labor market.. Changes to the insurance market, including provisions that prohibit insurers from denying coverage to people because of preexisting conditions and that restrict how much prices can vary with an individual’s age or health status, will increase the appeal of health insurance plans offered outside the workplace for older workers.. As a result, some older workers will choose to retire earlier than they otherwise would.. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf.. estimated.. in February 2011 that “roughly half a percent” of the labor in the economy would be equal to 800,000 jobs at the end of this decade, a statement that Romney and other Republicans translated into the claim that the healthcare law would kill 800,000 jobs.. But CBO didn’t say that 800,000 Americans would be without jobs unwillingly.. Rather, as the quote above makes clear, it said there would be a reduction in the amount of labor supplied by workers — many of whom would decide to retire earlier than they normally would, or work fewer hours or fewer jobs, because of the subsidies provided by the law, and greater security for those buying their own coverage outside the workplace.. In other words, some folks were keeping jobs they didn t otherwise want simply because of the insurance benefits.. Medical Malpractice.. : I want to focus on getting the cost of health care down.. And one way to do that, by the way, is to finally deal with the malpractice costs.. As we have.. written before.. , medical malpractice doesn’t have as big an impact on health care spending as Romney implies.. The Congressional Budget Office.. that limiting malpractice liability would reduce the federal deficit by $54 billion over 10 years.. That s a lot of money, to be sure, but in the context of a $2 trillion-plus health care spending market over 10 years, CBO Director Elmendorf.. noted.. the savings would reduce total U.. health care spending by about 0.. 5 percent.. So what are the.. biggest drivers of health care spending? The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation provides a.. list of the major drivers.. , which includes prescription drugs and technology, chronic disease (which accounts for more than 75 percent of health care spending), an aging population, and administrative costs.. We Built It.. : [Obama] said something that was so contrary to the American experience that shocked people, regardless of their backgrounds, when he said, If you ve got a business, you didn t build that someone else did that.. The GOP practically built its convention on the We Built It theme, and virtually every Romney campaign speech for the last month has contained some variation of it.. The problem with the Romney attack is that it is based on a clumsily worded Obama quote taken a bit out of context.. The full context of.. Obama s remarks.. makes it clear he was saying taxpayer-funded public support — such as education, infrastructure and research — “gave you some help” to succeed in business.. He was making an argument to continue funding government programs that help businesses flourish.. Obama, July 13.. : If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.. Somebody invested in roads and bridges.. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.. Somebody else made that happen.. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.. The Obama campaign contended the word “that” in the phrase “you didn’t build that” referred to roads and bridges.. That is not grammatically correct; in strictly proper usage, “that” would refer back to the closest noun, in this case “business.. ” But given that it was an oral rather than written speech, the Obama camp s explanation is certainly plausible.. The sentence Obama spoke just prior to his now infamous phrase does refer to infrastructure.. He said: “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.. More important, Obama concluded his remarks by saying: “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.. by Robert Farley.. Sources.. Romer, Christina and Bernstein, Jared.. The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.. White House Council of Economic Advisers.. 09 Jan 2009.. Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and the Vice President’s Chief Economis, Jared Bernstein.. White House Press Office, 8 June 2009.. Employment Situation News Release.. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5 June 2009.. Feldstein, Martin.. The Stimulus Plan We Need Now: The President-Elect Won’t Have to Wait Till January to Act.. Washington Post, 30 Oct.. 2008.. Green, Gordon and Coder, John.. Household Income Trends: June 2012.. Sentier Research.. White House blog.. Annual Census Data on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance for 2011.. 12 Sep 2012.. Claxton, Gary, Rae, Matthew, Panchal, Nirmita, Lundy, Janet and Damico, Anthony.. Employer Health Benefits: 2011 Annual Survey.. The Kaiser Family Foundation.. U.. Weekly U.. S.. Regular All Formations Retail Gasoline Prices.. Released 17 Sep 2012.. An interview with Sen.. 17 Jan 2008.. Open Congress.. 2454 American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009.. Passed the House 26 Jun 2009.. Murphy, Kim.. Keystone pipeline builder proposes changing Nebraska route.. Los Angeles Times.. 15 Nov 2011.. Route is changed for oil pipeline.. 06 Sep 2012.. Keystone XL Assessment.. Prepared by Ensys Energy for the U.. Department of Energy Office of Policy International Affairs.. 23 Dec 2010.. Chamber of Commerce.. Press release:.. Chamber Small Business Survey Shows Stalled Hiring Despite Increased Optimism.. 16 Apr 2012.. Elmendorf, Douglas W.. Estimated direct spending and revenue effects of H.. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on July 11, 2012.. Congressional Budget Office.. 24 Jul 2012.. The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update.. 18 Aug 2010.. CBO s Analysis of the Effects of Proposals to Limit Costs Related to Medical Malpractice ( Tort Reform ).. 09 Oct 2009.. What is driving health care spending?.. White House Website.. Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Roanoke, Virginia.. 13 Jul 2012.. Posted by.. on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm Filed under.. tagged with.. In the muddled up, mixed up world of politics, it is so refreshing to know where to find the truth..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Obama’s Stump Speech
    Descriptive info: Obama s Stump Speech.. Ancient Greek politicians spoke directly to citizens in the Agora in Athens 2,500 years ago; 19th-century American politicians stood on tree stumps to deliver their direct pitches to voters.. And today’s politicians are still at it.. Day after day, sometimes several times a day, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney make their case directly to voters.. Most of what they say doesn’t make the news, because they’ve said it before, over and over, and reporters are seeking whatever is new.. But voters should take a few minutes to pay attention.. Each man is making his best case for why he deserves to be elected.. Voters, however, should also beware.. The claims candidates make don’t always square with the facts.. In this article, part one of a two-part series, we examine examples of Obama’s factually exaggerated or misleading claims from two of his recent campaign speeches.. We’ll go through Romney’s stump speech at a later time.. There’s plenty here to criticize.. Like any candidate, Obama is not pretending to give a detached or balanced picture to his audience.. He’s making a sales pitch, leaving out or glossing over inconvenient facts, twisting others and sometimes stating things that aren’t so.. To cite just a few examples:.. Obama correctly states that manufacturing jobs have increased by more than half a million since hitting bottom, but he fails to mention that the number regained is less than half the total lost since he took office.. He claims that “renewable” energy production has doubled on his watch, which isn’t true (only wind and solar have doubled).. He claims he’d increase the tax rate on high-income earners to no more than they paid under Bill Clinton, when the truth is they’d pay more because of new taxes imposed to pay for the Affordable Care Act.. He says “independent analysis” validates that his plan would cut $4 trillion from the deficit.. But that total is inflated by $1 trillion in “savings” from winding down wars that he has promised to end anyway.. He accuses Romney of proposing to raise taxes by $2,000 on middle-income taxpayers, when Romney has stated clearly that he wouldn’t do any such thing.. He attacks Romney’s plan for Medicare as a “voucher” system that would leave seniors “at the mercy of insurance companies,” when the fact is, it’s structured the same as the system Obama’s health care law sets up for subsidizing private insurance for persons under age 65.. There’s more — on automobile fuel efficiency, on imports and on exports.. The president even complains of “all the cynicism that’s being fed to you through these negative ads,” as though his own campaign wasn’t spending 69 percent of its own millions on ads attacking Romney.. Full quotes — and our dissections of the misleading claims in the president’s current stump speech — are contained in the Analysis section that follows.. This is the first part of a two-part series examining the factual claims made by both major candidates.. We will post our findings about Mitt Romney s stump-speech claims in a subsequent Featured Article.. With one exception, all the examples given here are from.. a campaign speech President Obama delivered in Las Vegas.. on Sept.. In addition, we ve included another of his well-worn applause lines from.. a speech delivered Sept.. 17.. in Columbus, Ohio, as noted below.. All are examples of points he has used before and, we have little doubt, will continue using as the campaign wears on.. Manufacturing Jobs.. Obama, Sept.. 12:.. After a decade of decline, this country has created over half a million new manufacturing jobs in the last two-and-a-half years.. We reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world.. It s true that manufacturing jobs declined during the Bush administration, and they have rebounded since hitting bottom one year.. after Obama took office.. Since that low point, the economy has regained 512,000 of the manufacturing jobs lost since his inauguration in January 2009, according to August figures from the.. But that s still 582,000 short of where the total stood when Obama took office.. At the current pace, it would take another three years to get back to even.. Also, Obama is incorrect when he claims the U.. auto industry is back on top of the world.. As we pointed out when he used that line during his Democratic convention speech, the former world leader,.. General Motors, has slipped back to No.. in global auto sales and is headed for third place for the entire year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen.. Double Exports?.. Obama:.. We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports.. We can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.. Obama first pledged to double exports during his.. 2010 State of the Union address.. , and he launched a.. National Export Initiative.. to help farmers and small businesses export more goods.. But in the two-and-a-half years since then,.. exports of goods and services.. (see “.. Trade in Goods and Services, 1992 to present.. ”) have increased just 28 percent.. The most.. recent figures, released Sept.. , showed a slight month-to-month decline for July.. Even using 2010 as the start date, it will take years for exports to double at the current rate of increase.. And the promise of adding a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years would require a faster rate than we ve seen so far.. It would take five years not four for the economy to add 1 million more manufacturing jobs at the average monthly pace since the number of those jobs hit bottom.. Fuel Standards Save You Money ?.. After 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, your cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.. (Applause.. ) That will save you money.. Obama overstates matters when he says vehicles will go twice as far by 2025.. And it s debatable as to how much or how quickly the new fuel-economy regulations will save you money.. It s true that the administration is.. pushing forward with a final rulemaking.. that would require model year 2025 autos and light trucks to achieve the equivalent of 54 miles per gallon.. That s actually well short of double the current 29.. 7 combined average, which is required for the 2012 model year under.. rules that took effect in 2010.. It s also debatable how much money this ambitious regulation will save consumers over the long run.. In the short run, it will certainly require new car buyers to pay higher prices.. By.. the government s own estimate.. , higher costs for new vehicle technology to meet the standards are projected to add, on average, about $1,800 for consumers who buy a new vehicle in model year 2025.. That s compared with the estimated cost of a 2016 vehicle, which in turn will cost $492 more than a 2012 vehicle to meet the rising standards mandated in 2010, under.. the official estimates given.. at the time (Table I.. 1–10, page 25346).. That s a total of about $2,300 more than today s vehicles plus any sales tax on the added purchase price.. To be sure, the government estimates that fuel savings will  ...   under Obama s own Affordable Care Act.. It s also the way the Federal Employee Health Benefits system has worked for decades,.. covering over 9 million.. civilian federal workers, retirees and their families.. That is, the government will pay a portion of the premiums for private insurance coverage chosen by the beneficiaries, and pay it directly without resorting to issuing vouchers.. It is also the way the current Medicare Advantage program works,.. covering nearly 12 million seniors.. who choose private plans over traditional, government-run Medicare coverage.. It s even the way Medicare s prescription drug benefit works.. No vouchers involved.. There s.. a long-running debate.. over the wisdom of moving even more Medicare beneficiaries to private plans, as Romney and Ryan propose.. (About 25 percent now choose Medicare Advantage.. And it s far from clear that the Republican approach could achieve the level of cost reduction it predicts without also cutting benefits or increasing out-of-pocket expenses for seniors.. It s not even clear how many would choose private coverage, since Romney and Ryan would include traditional Medicare as a choice under their plan.. But claiming that it s a voucher system that would put seniors at the mercy of insurance companies is misleading.. It ignores the plain fact that Obama supports other, popular health-care programs that work the same way.. $2,000 Middle-Class Tax Hike?.. A point he didn’t bring up in his Sept.. 12 speech — but has repeated many times in his other stump speeches — came up again a few days later at.. another campaign appearance, in Columbus, Ohio.. : I am not going to ask middle-class families with kids to pay over $2,000 more so that millionaires and billionaires get to pay less.. But Romney isn’t asking that, either.. In fact, Romney.. insists.. : “I will not raise taxes on the middle class.. Obama’s $2,000 figure comes from.. an analysis by the Tax Policy Center.. of “a revenue-neutral individual income tax change that incorporates the features Governor Romney has proposed.. ” Romney has not provided details on what tax credits and deductions would be eliminated.. The TPC calculated whose tax breaks would need to go — starting at the top — to make up for the revenue that would be lost by cutting rates 20 percent for everybody, as Romney has promised.. And it concluded that “taxpayers with children who make less than $200,000 would pay, on average, $2,000 more in taxes” if Romney cut rates as promised without losing revenue.. But this does not prove that Romney.. will.. increase taxes on those making under $200,000.. It’s just evidence that Romney can’t deliver everything he has promised.. Donald Marron,.. director.. of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center,.. says of his center’s study.. : “I don’t interpret this as evidence that Governor Romney wants to increase taxes on the middle class in order to cut taxes for the rich, as an Obama campaign ad claimed.. Instead, I view it as showing that his plan can’t accomplish all his stated objectives.. Romney could cut rates less, or let the federal deficit rise more, and still not raise taxes on those making under $200,000.. Or he could define the “middle” to be taxpayers much lower down on the income scale.. Cynicism Fed by Negative Ads.. If you buy into all the cynicism that s being fed to you through these negative ads, well, you know what, change won’t happen if you stop fighting for it.. The fact is Obama s campaign has been feeding the cynicism, too.. The president s campaign had.. spent $147 million on TV spots through Sept.. , of which 69 percent were negative, according to the.. Washington Post s.. Mad Money website, which tracks such spending on a weekly basis.. In addition, 100 percent of the.. $22.. 6 million spent by the Democratic National Committee.. on Obama s behalf also went for ads rated as negative.. And 96 percent of the $9.. 8 million spent by the pro-Obama group Priorities USA has also been rated negative.. To be sure,.. his.. GOP.. allies.. also have spent tens of millions running ads attacking Obama, other Democrats and even Romney s Republican primary foes.. But the president can t pretend that negative ads or political cynicism is their fault alone.. by Brooks Jackson.. Correction, Sept.. 25: We originally gave the date of the president s Las Vegas speech incorrectly as Sept.. It was Sept.. 12, and a transcript appeared on the White House website the following day.. Obama, Barack.. Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event Las Vegas, NV.. The White House.. 13 Sep 2012.. Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event Columbus, Ohio.. 17 Sep 2012.. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey (National).. Manufacturing, Seasonally Adjusted, All Employees.. Data extracted.. Robertson, Lori et al.. FactChecking Obama and Biden.. 7 Sep 2011.. Lienert, Paul.. Toyota regains top global auto sales spot, with VW in pursuit.. Reuters.. 26 Jul 2012.. Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address.. 27 Jan 2012.. President Obama Provides Progress Report on National Export Initiative, Announces Members of the President’s Export Council.. 7 Jul 2010.. Bureau of Economic Analysis.. International Trade in Goods and Services, July 2012.. 11 Sep 2012.. Trade in Goods and Services, 1992-present.. Environmental Protection Agency.. EPA and NHTSA Set Standards to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Fuel Economy for Model Years 2017-2025 Cars and Light Trucks.. Aug 2012.. Environmental Protection Agency U.. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.. Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; Final Rule.. Federal Register.. 7 May 2010.. Net Generation by Other Renewables: Total (All Sectors), 2002-June 2012.. 24 Aug 2012.. Robertson, Lori.. Renewable Energy Doubled ?.. 14 Sep 2012.. How dependent are we on foreign oil.. ? 13 Jul 2012.. The White House; Office of Management and Budget.. Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future; The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction.. Sept 2011.. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.. CRFB Reacts to the President’s FY 2013 Budget.. 13 Feb 2012.. Jackson, Brooks.. Obama s Spending; Inferno or Not?.. 4 Jun 2012.. Fava, Karl L.. and Kenneth L.. Rubin.. Planning for the New 3.. 8% Medicare Tax on Unearned Income.. American Institute of CPAs.. 1 Jul 2011.. Internal Revenue Service.. Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax.. 4 Aug 2012.. Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation.. Estimated Revenue Effects.. Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.. 4872, The Reconciliation Act Of 2010, As Amended, In Combination With The Revenue Effects Of H.. 3590, The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act ( PPACA ), As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March 20, 2010.. 20 Mar 2010.. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthcare.. go website.. Affordable Insurance Exchanges.. Accessed 18 Sep 2012.. Office of Personnel Management.. Insurance Benefits.. Web page accessed 18 Sep 2012.. Kaiser Family Foundation.. Medicare Advantage.. Nov 2011.. Romney, Mitt.. Remarks to the Republican National Convention.. 30 Aug 2012.. Brown, Samuel and William G.. Gale and Adam Looney.. On the Distributional Effects of Base-Broadening Income Tax Reform.. Tax Policy Center.. 1 Aug 2012.. Marron, Donald.. Understanding TPC’s Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan.. 8 Aug 2012.. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm Filed under..

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  • Title: FactCheck.org : Dependency and Romney’s 47 Percenters
    Descriptive info: Dependency and Romney s 47 Percenters.. Dependency and Romney s 47 Percenters.. Mitt Romney was wrong when he said the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes are dependent on the government.. Most of them are working people who simply do not earn very much money.. Romney also assumed that all of those in the 47 percent who pay no federal income tax vote Democratic.. But polling data suggest that s just not true.. President Obama is faring better than Romney among the lowest earners those most likely to be among the 47 percent who pay no federal income tax but polls show Romney is supported by some 40 percent of those earning the lowest income.. In fact, a healthy chunk of the 47 percent are seniors who tend to vote Republican.. Romney s comments, recorded surreptitiously during a Republican fundraiser in May and reported Sept.. 17 by.. Mother Jones.. , have touched off a firestorm of analysis.. Romney:.. There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.. That that s an entitlement.. And the government should give it to them.. And they will vote for this president no matter what.. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, he starts off with a huge number.. These are people who pay no income tax.. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.. So our message of low taxes doesn t connect.. So he ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich.. I mean, that s what they sell every four years.. And so my job is not to worry about those people.. I ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.. There are plenty of opinions on Romney s answer, and there is certainly room for reasoned debate about the growth of entitlement programs and the effect on the budget.. Whether those who pay no federal income tax are people who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it is a matter of opinion.. But Romney is wrong to say that all of those in that 47 percent are dependent upon government.. Romney is a bit out of date with his claim that 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax.. That was true in 2009, but the number is lower now, and falling as the economy improves and more people are working and getting paychecks.. Figures come from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, and its.. most recent analysis.. in July 2011 put the figure for that year at.. 46.. That comes to about 76 million individuals or families who paid no federal income taxes in 2011.. TPC projected that the percentage would fall to.. 46 percent this year.. , and to 44 percent  ...   ever seen.. As a result of various tax expenditures, about two thirds of households with children making between $40,000 and $50,000 owed no federal income taxes.. The rest ended up owing no federal income tax due to various tax expenditures such as education credits, itemized deductions or reduced rates on capital gains and dividends.. Most of this group are in the middle to upper income brackets.. In fact, the TPC estimates there are about.. 7,000 families and individuals who earn $1 million a year or more.. and still pay no federal income tax.. So when Romney says all of those in the 46 percent are dependent on government, that s not accurate.. Of the estimated 76 million who paid no federal income tax in 2011, 61 percent earned anywhere between $10,000 and $50,000.. But it is true that 42 percent of the 76 million who owe no federal income tax had a negative liability in 2011, meaning that in addition to not owing any federal tax, they got a check from the federal government due to eligibility of some form of tax expenditure.. But the majority did not.. Eric Toder, co-director of the Tax Policy Center, cautions that the TPC report was a one-year snapshot in a particularly difficult economic year.. The number of people who owed no federal income tax was unusually high in 2011, which was still a recession year, he said.. Some of the temporary tax credits enacted by Obama in reaction to the economic crisis will soon go away, and the numbers should drop in coming years, Toder said.. Are the 46.. 4 Percenters All Democrats?.. Romney also said the 46.. 4 percent who pay no federal income tax will vote for the president no matter what, and, therefore, President Obama starts off with an automatic 48 percent or 49 percent of the vote.. But that doesn t jibe with polling data.. It s safe to say that most of the 46.. 4 percent referred to by Romney are in the lower income brackets.. According to the most recent.. Gallup polls.. of registered voters, 37 percent of those making less than $36,000 a year indicate they plan to vote for Romney.. Moreover, as we noted earlier, a sizable chunk of 46.. 4 percenters are retirees, and among those 65 and older, Romney leads Obama by nine points, 52 percent to 43 percent.. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters between Sept.. 10 and 16, 40 percent of those making less than $20,000 said they plan to vote for Romney; 50 percent of those making between $20,000 and $40,000 said they supported Romney.. The Pew Research Center similarly found in its.. latest poll.. that 32 percent of those making less than $30,000 and 42 percent of those making between $30,000 and $50,000 support Romney as do a plurality of seniors.. map.. put out by the Tax Foundation of the 10 states with the highest and lowest percentage of filers with no federal tax liability shows that the states with the highest percentage of non-filers are, by-and-large, states that typically vote Republican, while the 10 states with the lowest percentage of non-filers tend to be Democratic-leaning.. That s not a precise measure of the voting habits of those who don t pay federal income taxes, but it suggests Romney is way off when he assumes all of the 46.. 4 percenters vote Democratic.. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm Filed under.. income tax..

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