Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Michelle Bachmann- A Case Study in Lying

I don't have much of an introduction to this- it's no more than we expect.  Here is a list of some of the lies Michelle Bachmann managed to fit into her six and a half minute nationally televised State of the Union address last night, courtesy of Media Matters:

"Bachmann: "Failed Stimulus," And Unemployment "Spiked"

Unemployment Didn't "Spike" — It Grew Steadily Under Bush-Era Policies... The tally, to date: Mr. Obama can be held accountable for the net loss of 41,000 jobs (671,000 - 630,000), while the Republicans should be held responsible for the net losses of 7,796,000 jobs.

Bachmann Wrongly Blamed President Bush's Final Year Of Deficits On President Obama: "

Bachmann Repeated "16,500" IRS Agents' Lie:  BACHMANN:  "What did we buy? Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama's healthcare bill."

Bachmann: Repeal Affordable Care Act, Or "Be Forced To Rely On Government-Run Coverage"
There Is No "Government-Run Coverage" In The Affordable Care Act

Bachmann Claimed The Affordable Care Act Doesn't Allow Insurance Sales Across State Lines

Health Care Reform Already Permits Insurance Sales Across State Lines

Bachmann Got It Wrong On Corporate Tax Rates: "BACHMANN: We need to start making things again in this country. And we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burden on job creators. America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Think about that."

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: "The U.S. corporate tax burden is smaller than average for developed countries"

It would be well worth your time to read the rest of this article, which provides complete documentation to back up its claims, because this litany of lies is not just the product of Michelle Bachmann's deranged ignorance; it forms the core of the vicious partisan assault on Obama which has been carried out for two years by the Republican party, and it's all false.

An Amusing Postscript:

Erick Erickson's take on Bachmann's speech: "Michelle Bachmann gave the best speech of the night. Michelle Bachmann kept to nuts and bolts. Her speech was based on actual economic data with actual, substantive policy suggestions for change."

Actual economic data.  Serious analysis from your newest CNN expert.


tnlib said...

Erickson needs to read this factcheck from Media Matters:

She also claimed that Obama "promised" to get unemployment down to 8%. No he didn't.

Green Eagle said...

Tnlib, I believe the link in my post is to the same article. Great minds think alike.

And in case you haven't noticed, wingnut minds do not think at all.