POLITICAL observations & opinions

* President Obama has asked us to debate the issues without assigning blame. It’s a noble thought, but how do we do that when the Republicans blatantly lie and distort the truth?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 18, 2011

"Half-term" Governor Palin & Leader Boehner are not being truthful

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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar (AP, 1/18/11) …

  • Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand.
  • A recent report by House GOP leaders says “independent analyses have determined that the health care law will cause significant job losses for the U.S. economy.”
  • It cites the 650,000 lost jobs as Exhibit A, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office as the source of the original analysis behind that estimate.
  • But the budget office, which referees the costs and consequences of legislation, never produced the number.
  • What follows is a story of how statistics get used and abused in Washington.
    • What CBO actually said is that the impact of the health care law on supply and demand for labor would be small. Most of it would come from people who no longer have to work, or can downshift to less demanding employment, because insurance will be available outside the job.
    • “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,” budget office number crunchers said in a report from last year.
  • That’s not how it got translated in the new report from Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other top Republicans.
    • CBO “has determined that the law will reduce the ‘amount of labor used in the economy by.roughly half a percent.,’ an estimate that adds up to roughly 650,000 jobs lost,” the GOP version said.
    • Gone was the caveat that the impact would be small, mainly due to people working less.
    • Added was the estimate of 650,000 jobs lost.
  • The Republican translation doesn’t track, said economist Paul Fronstin of the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute. “People voluntarily working less isn’t the same as employers cutting jobs,” he explained.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110118/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_repeal_fact_check

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LMW COMMENT …

President Obama has asked us to debate the issues without assigning blame. It’s a noble thought, but how do we do that when the Republicans blatantly lie and distort the truth?

Refusing to call Leader Boehner out for his lies is tantamount to giving up, in this instance, the fight to keep the healthcare legislation that so many Americans are now finding they like quite a bit.

And, if Ms. “Half-term Governor” Palin didn’t think the crosshairs might at least possibly be connected to the Tucson attack on Congresswoman Giffords, why did she pull them off her web site within hours of the shootings? Why didn’t she admit the possibility and apologize for ever using such a horrible image? Did she ever retract her despicable “death panels” description of the healthcare bill?

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