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Thursday, January 26, 2012

State of the Union facts

Interesting. I thought Politifact was supposed to be a 'nonpartisan' entity, but if that's the case, then why did their analysis of the State of the Union address miss so much that FoxNews picked up? My prior suspicions proved correct: they pick and choose which elements to 'fact-check' to support who they like and detract from opponents.

Rush certainly had words about the address.  I didn't bother to listen to the address myself, knowing it would be a lot of same-old from Obama and I had other better things to do. Here's a bit of what Rush said, though.

"He also used the usual trick of speaking about events in America as though he's running for office for the first time.  He's running against things that are happening that are his policies that he is pretending he's had nothing to do with.  He knows full well he's not gonna be called on that by the media.  There was one offhand less-than-casual reference to Obamacare, which you would think in a State of the Union with a socialist doing the remarks, making the remarks, that he would be singing the praises of that piece of legislation and talking about what a game-changer it is and how it's the best thing that happened to the country.  Not a word of substance about it.
"In fact, there are a lot of facts that were omitted in the State of the Union speech.  He didn't talk about the 13.1 million unemployed Americans.  He didn't talk about the 5.6 million unemployed Americans who have been on unemployment longer than 27 weeks.  He didn't talk about 8.1 million involuntary part-time workers.  He didn't talk about the falling civilian labor force participation rate was 64%. The number of jobs, the universe of jobs shrinking, didn't bring that up.  Didn't talk about the national debt, $15.2 trillion, five trillion of which is his! Do you realize one-third of our entire national debt as a nation over 200 years, one-third of it is his, his alone.  Of course he didn't bring it up.  He didn't talk about the Keystone pipeline."

He doesn't stop there, of course. He does a lot of fact-checking of his own. Here's a little more:

"He has to join the platitudes of this country. He has to make it appear as though he is one of us and has the same love for the traditions and institutions that made this country great, but it came off as phony. It came off as empty. And then there was this. "On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said (sic) we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen. In exchange for help we demanded responsibility. We got workers and automakers to settle their differences. We got the industry to retool and restructure. Today General Motors is back on top as the world's number one automaker"?
"When did I miss that? Yeah, okay, in China! That's who's buying the cars. Okay, cool. "Chrysler has grown faster in the US..." By the way, I'm not gonna believe any set of such numbers this regime puts out this year. I'm not gonna believe the unemployment number; I don't believe this General Motors number. What an absolute crock. Anyway, after talking about all the wonderful, great, miraculous things he did with General Motors, then what did he say? "It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs. An America built to lasts, insists on responsibility from everybody." Now, maybe I'm a bitter clinger, but the car companies appear to have received a bailout to me. The UAW got a bailout to me, and the UAW was handed General Motors and Chrysler, if you ask me. Now, I don't know what that is if it's not a bailout. So he spends a whole speech talking about, "No more bailouts. We're not gonna do that! No handouts, no cop-outs," and then he gives as his greatest example of American prosperity a company he bailed out! Who wrote this? This speech was an embarrassment."

This is by no means all of his critique of the State of the Union. Read it.  He goes on to talk extensively about Mitch Daniel's analysis of Obama's lies as well, which you can read here.

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