Friday, October 03, 2008

On the Off Chance Anyone Cares

Palin's "facts" from the debate:

Obama "would be willing to meet with" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "without preconditions being met first."
Obama has said he wouldn't rule out meeting with any foreign leader, he never specifically said he'd meet with the Iranian president.

Obama's opposition to the military "surge" in Iraq and said, "The surge worked. Barack Obama still can't admit the surge works."
Obama has said the surge "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams" from a military perspective.

"As mayor, every year I was in office, I did reduce taxes. I eliminated personal property taxes and eliminated small business inventory taxes. And as governor, we suspended our state fuel tax."
Semi-true - She cut some taxes in both posts, but raised others.

Obama voted against funding troops after promising that he would not do so."
Obama supported a different version of the troop-funding plan — one that McCain spoke against.

asserted that Sen. Joe Biden recently said "higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying for higher taxes is patriotic."
He said he and Barack Obama "want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people." He said anyone who earns more than $250,000 "is going to pay more. It's time to be patriotic, Kate. Time to jump in. Time to be part of the deal. Time to help get America out of the rut. And the way to do that is, they're still going pay less taxes than they paid under Reagan."

Obama "has proposed more than $860 billion in new spending."
Misleading. The figure is based on his campaign's tally of the costs of numerous programs Obama has discussed, but ignores the savings from other policy changes Obama is calling for.

"Barack had 94 opportunities to side on the people's side and reduce taxes, and 94 times he voted to increase taxes or not support a tax reduction — 94 times."
Palin's summary ignores the fact that some of the votes were for measures to lower taxes for many Americans, while increasing them for a much smaller number of taxpayers. The total also includes multiple votes on the same measures and budget votes that would not directly lead to higher taxes.


Blogger Gilman Chatsworth said...

It's a big "ho hum" as to whether Obama would meet with the impotent chihuahua Ahmadinejad. It's too bad only Juan Cole reminds people that Mahmoud never said what is attributed to him... "erase from the pages of time" is not the same as "wipe them off the map".

Why won't a democrat ask what the purpose of the surge was, and be ready with what W. said in the press conference?

It's easy to cut taxes when you're getting big bucks from the Feds and giving money back to the citizens. I don't understand why no one calls Alaska on this socialism.

Even if he had voted against it, it's the only power congress has over the war.

Of course paying taxes isn't patriotic. Why would it be patriotic to fund the troops?

You can't expect Palin to understand "net spending".

What cannot be ignored is that whether he voted for increased taxes or not, until we get to a balanced budget, we have to both increase taxes and cut spending.

Why doesn't anyone ever call conservatives on the BS that cutting taxes creates jobs. It's been proven that government spending actually creates more jobs than cutting taxes.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Karlo said...

You betcha! On the other hand, if we just start shooting more animals from planes, the economy should turn around pronto.

7:15 AM  

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