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FACT CHECK: Obama’s State of the Union Address.

January 26, 2011

Obama’s Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality

 

 

Barack Obama

THE ECONOMY

OBAMA CLAIM #1: “All these investments – in innovation, education, and infrastructure – will make America a better place to do business and create jobs.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA’S NEW INVESTMENTS, MORE OF THE SAME OLD SPENDING PROGRAMS

“To a striking degree, Obama appears poised to recycle themes and ideas he has offered many times before.” (Anne E. Kornblut & Lori Montgomery, “Obama To Propose Five-Year Spending Freeze In State Of The Union Address,” The Washington Post, 1/25/11)

“Investments” Is A “Favorite Euphemism For Democratic Politicians Seeking To Increase Federal Spending.” “Mr. Obama is not likely to use the phrase ‘government spending’ to describe what he wants. Instead, he is likely to focus on what he calls ‘investments’ in America’s future. Like competitiveness, that phrase has a long history in presidential communication. Often, it has become a favorite euphemism for Democratic politicians seeking to increase federal spending without raising the specter of negative implications for the nation’s long-term debt.” (Michael D. Shear, “Obama Subtly Adopts The Language Of Business,” The New York Times,’ The Caucus Blog, 1/25/11)

 

Obama’s Call For More Infrastructure Spending Is The Third Time He’s Done So. “Tuesday’s speech will be Mr. Obama’s third call to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure. His first effort, the $787 billion stimulus package, ended up devoting only a small part of the money to public works, and many stimulus projects were selected more because they were “shovel ready” and could get people working relatively quickly than because they were particularly transformative. His second effort, a call for a $50 billion infrastructure program on Labor Day, went nowhere in the run-up to the midterm elections.” (Michael Cooper, “Pitch For Rebuilding Infrastructure Carries Political Challenges,  The New York Times, 1/24/11)

  • Moody’s Chief Economist, Mark Zandi, Says Infrastructure Spending In The Stimulus Was Not “Particularly Helpful.”  (Jill Lawerence, “Stimulus Plan in Hindsight: Did Obama’s Agenda Hobble Economic Recovery?,” Politics Daily, 9/2/10)

OBAMA CLAIM #2:  “To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them.”  (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA’S PLEDGE TO ELIMINATE OLD REGULATIONS COMES AS HIS AGENDA IMPLEMENTS VAST NEW ONES

“[E]choing a promise made by every president since Jimmy Carter, it is promising to find the regulations that are not controversial at all — just plain dumb.” (Binyamin Appelbaum & Edward Wyatt, “Obama Is Latest to Hunt for Elusive ‘Dumb’ Rules,” The New York Times, 1/21/10)

  • “There is little reason to think this search will prove more fruitful than its predecessors.” (Binyamin Appelbaum & Edward Wyatt, “Obama Is Latest to Hunt for Elusive ‘Dumb’ Rules,” The New York Times, 1/21/10)

Meanwhile, “The Obama administration has championed historic expansions of financial and health care regulation, and it has toughened a wide range of other rules. … But those are not the rules the White House is pledging to prune.” (Binyamin Appelbaum & Edward Wyatt, “Obama Is Latest to Hunt for Elusive ‘Dumb’ Rules,” The New York Times, 1/21/10)

  •  “[T]he Dodd-Frank financial law calls for literally hundreds of new rules by dozens of agencies, and two entirely new agencies.” (Editorial, “Obama’s Rules Revelation,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/19/11)
  •  “[O]bamaCare ‘gives federal agencies substantial responsibility and authority to ‘fill in the details’ of the legislation’ …” (Editorial, “Obama’s Rules Revelation,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/19/11)

“A new age of regulation is well under way in Washington … (Eric Lipton, “With Obama, Regulations Are Back In Fashion,” The New York Times, 5/12/10)

OBAMA CLAIM #3: “The steps we’ve taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we’ll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.”  (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA CLAIMS POLICIES BROKE “THE BACK OF THIS RECESSION,” BUT MILLIONS STILL OUT OF WORK

Since The Stimulus Was Passed, The U.S. Has Lost 2.1 Million Jobs. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed: 1/24/11)

  •  Obama Promised That His Stimulus Plan Would Create Or Save 3.5 Million Jobs Over Two Years. Obama: “Now, what makes this recovery plan so important is not just that it will create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years …” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Signing Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Press Release, Denver, CO, 2/17/09)

The National Unemployment Rate Is 9.4 Percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed: 1/25/11)

  • The Real Unemployment Rate, Which Includes Those Who Are Forced To Work Part Time Because They Cannot Find Full Time Work, Is 16.7 Percent.  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed: 1/24/11)

The Unemployment Rate Has Been Above 9 Percent For 20 Consecutive Months.   (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed: 1/25/11)

BUDGET

OBAMA CLAIM #1: “So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA PROPOSED SIMILAR SPENDING FREEZE LAST YEAR WHICH WENT NOWHERE

Obama Proposed A Three Year Freeze In His Last State Of The Union Address. “Mr. Obama’s call for a five-year budget freeze is effectively a two-year extension of a proposal he made in the 2010 State of the Union address, when he outlined a three-year freeze on nonsecurity discretionary spending.” (Damian Paletta And Jonathan Weisman, “Obama To Call For Nonsecurity Spending Freeze,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/25/11)

Spending Was Frozen Because Congress Failed To Pass A Budget, Not Because Democrats Implemented Obama’s Spending Freeze. “That proposal ran into opposition from other Democrats. But the freeze was implemented, in effect, because Congress didn’t pass spending bills for the current fiscal year, leaving the government to run on stopgap measures at the prior year’s spending levels.” (Damian Paletta And Jonathan Weisman, “Obama To Call For Nonsecurity Spending Freeze,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/25/11)

 

OBAMA CLAIM #2: “This freeze will require painful cuts. … I recognize that some in this Chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and I’m willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA INTRODUCING SPENDING FREEZE AFTER HIS SPENDING SPREE

 

Since Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Increased By $3.4 Trillion. (Department Of The Treasury, “The Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 1/19/11)

  • Currently, The Total Debt Of The US Government Is $14.06 Trillion Dollars. (Department Of The Treasury, “The Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 1/18/11)

“The United States Just Passed A Dubious Milestone: Government Debt Surged To An All-Time High, Topping $14 Trillion — $45,300 For Each And Everyone In The Country.”  (Tom Raum, “Record $14 Trillion-Plus Debt Weighs On Congress,” The Associated Press, 1/15/11)

The FY 2010 Deficit Was $1.29 Trillion.  (Congressional Budget Office, “Monthly Budget Review For Fiscal Year 2010,” 10/7/10)

  • This Year’s Deficit Is The Second Largest In History, Second Only To Obama’s Deficit Last Year.  “Basic government spending rose by 9 percent in fiscal 2010, driving the country to a $1.291 trillion deficit down $125 billion from 2009, but still the second-largest hole on record, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.”  (Stephen Dinan, “Government Spending Rises 9%,” The Washington Times, 10/7/10)
  • Obama Rang Up Record-Setting $1.42 Trillion Deficit In 1st Year In Office, Nearly Triple The Previous Record. (David Jackson, “Obama Team Makes It Official, Budget Deficit Hits Record. By A Lot,” USA Today‘s “The Oval” Blog, 10/16/09)

OBAMA CLAIM #3: “And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: AS A CANDIDATE OBAMA PLEDGED TO CUT EARMARKS, THEN SIGNED OMNIBUS WITH ALMOST $8 BILLION IN SPECIAL PROJECTS

During The 2008 Campaign, Obama Pledged To Return Earmarks To 1994 Levels. “Barack Obama Is Committed To Returning Earmarks To Less Than $7.8 Billion A Year, The Level They Were At Before 1994 …” (“The Change We Need In Washington,” Obama For America, 2008)

  •  Then In March Of 2009, Obama Signed A $410 Billion Omnibus Spending Bill Containing Over 8,500 Earmarks Worth $7.7 Billion. “President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday … that includes more than 8,500 pet projects worth $7.7 billion.” (Jonathan Weisman and Greg Hitt, “Obama Outlines Plan To Curb Earmarks,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/12/09)

LOBBYISTS

OBAMA CLAIM: “Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/ 11)

FACT CHECK: OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE CIRCUMVENTS THE LOBBYIST RULES

HE IS ASKING CONGRESS TO DUPLICATE

To Avoid White House Visitor Logs, Officials Have Met “Hundreds Of Times” With Lobbyists At Coffee Shop Across Street From White House. “Here at the Caribou on Pennsylvania Avenue, and a few other nearby coffee shops, White House officials have met hundreds of times over the last 18 months with prominent K Street lobbyists — members of the same industry that President Obama has derided for what he calls its ‘outsized influence’ in the capital.” (Eric Lichtblau, “Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists,” The New York Times, 6/24/10)

  •  Meetings “Reveal A Disconnect Between The Obama Administration’s Public Rhetoric … And The Administration’s Continuing, Private Dealings With Them.” “But because the discussions are not taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are not subject to disclosure on the visitors’ log that the White House releases as part of its pledge to be the ‘most transparent presidential administration in history.’ The off-site meetings, lobbyists say, reveal a disconnect between the Obama administration’s public rhetoric — with Mr. Obama himself frequently thrashing big industries’ ‘battalions’ of lobbyists as enemies of reform — and the administration’s continuing, private dealings with them.” (Eric Lichtblau, “Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists,” The New York Times, 6/24/10)

OBAMACARE   

OBAMA CLAIM #1: “I’m not willing to tell Jim Houser, a small businessman from Oregon, that he has to go back to paying $5,000 more to cover his employees.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: UNDER OBAMACARE, MILLIONS OF EMPLOYEES COULD SEE

THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS CHANGE OR BE CUT

As Much as 69 Percent of Employees and 80 Percent of  Small Businesses Could Be Forced To Change Health Care Plans Under ObamaCare’s New Regulations. “The administration estimated that by 2013, health plans covering as few as 39 percent and as many as 69 percent of employees could lose protected status. For small employers, the total could be as high as 80 percent; for large ones, it could reach 64 percent.” (David S. Hilzenrath and N.C. Aizenman, “New health-care rules could add costs, and benefits, to some insurance plans,” The Washington Post, 6/15/10)

OBAMA CLAIM #2: “Health insurance law we passed last year will slow these rising costs, which is part of why nonpartisan economists have said that repealing the health care law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Washington, DC, 1/25/11)

FACT CHECK: WITHOUT BUDGET GIMMICKS, OBAMACARE WILL RESULT IN MORE HEALTH CARE SPENDING AMD ADD OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS TO DEFICIT

Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin: Without “Gimmicks And Budgetary Games,” The Health Care Reform Legislation Increases Deficits By $562 Billion. “In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed, “The Real Arithmetic Of Health Care Reform,” The New York Times, 3/21/10)

  • Which Includes $114 Billion To Implement ObamaCare. “Even worse, some costs are left out entirely. To operate the new programs over the first 10 years, future Congresses would need to vote for $114 billion in additional annual spending. But this so-called discretionary spending is excluded from the Congressional Budget Office’s tabulation.” (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed, “The Real Arithmetic Of Health Care Reform,” The New York Times, 3/21/10)

CMS Says Health Care Spending Will Increase More Than Before ObamaCare Was Passed. “In February, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services projected that overall national health spending would increase an average of 6.1% a year over the next decade. The center’s economists recalculated the numbers in light of the health bill and now project that the increase will average 6.3% a year, according to a report in the journal Health Affairs. Total U.S. health spending will reach $4.6 trillion by 2019, accounting for nearly one of every five U.S. dollars spent, the report says.” (Janet Adamy, “Health Outlays Still Seen Rising,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/9/10)

  • “U.S. Health Spending Is Projected To Rise 9.2% In 2014, Up From The 6.6% Projected Before The Law Took Effect.”(Janet Adamy, “Health Outlays Still Seen Rising,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/9/10)
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. madmike59 permalink
    January 26, 2011 3:05 pm

    Good Stuff!

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