Friday, April 20, 2012

Politifact: Shills for Obama and House Democrats

Politifact has long described itself as a neutral arbiter of truth in politics but is that true? After today's dust up in which they refused to issue a rating in the claim that Obama ate dog when he was younger I decided to take a deeper look.

Let's start by looking at the Obamater, a handy way to track Obama's campaign promises. It shows 63 promises "broken" 67 "stalled" Looking through that list I noticed something interesting - many of those classified as such are should be rated as "failed" promises. For example

Eliminate all oil and gas tax loopholes - Failed in the Senate multiple times.

Close loopholes in the corporate tax deductibility of CEO pay - No action at all by Obama on this. Broken promise

Lift the payroll tax cap on earnings above $250,000 - No Action, not even a proposal = promise broken

The list goes on. In fact on the first page alone 18 of the 20 listed are actually failed promises. I could go on but the first 3 on page 2 are also actually broken promises so I think it is clear virtually everything listed under "stalled" is actually a broken promise.

Now let's look at how they rate House Republican promises. 5 promises are rated as "stalled" is that true?

Repeal the Healthcare Bill - The House GOP promised to "immediately take action to repeal" and they did. The House voted overwhelmingly to repeal Obamacare. Promise kept.

Increase access to domestic energy sources - The House passed 3 separate bills. Promise Kept

So 2 of the 5 rated as stalled were actually promises kept, 1 I would consider failed (the no earmarks promise), and 2 actually stalled. That brings us to the "In the Works" claim. Of the 14 rated as in the works, 10 are actually promises kept.

Politifact is a joke and nothing more than a shill for Obama and House Democrats.

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