Friday, October 15, 2004
Remember: Integrity. Integrity. Integrity.
John Kerry kept up his dubious attacks against President Bush. Once again, he gave the country no vision of what his presidency would be like but instead criticized everything that George W. Bush has done as president. Kerry repeated many of his lies and misleading statements from the previous debates - we won't recount them but you can find them, below, in previous posts.
Here is a complilation of the Kerry answers that stretched the truth.
# 1: Firehouses don't have enough firefighters in them. Police officers are being cut from the streets of America because the president decided to cut the cops program.
TRUTH: Kerry's implication at the debate, and on the campaign trail, is that he has the support of police officers because Bush has let them down. However, the largest police officer's union supports President Bush. The Fraternal Order of Police said of John Kerry, "Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation's largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community. Both on the campaign trail and in Wednesday night's debate in Tempe, AZ, Senator Kerry has alluded that he has the support of the majority of these brave men and women."
# 2: "Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive this president was asked, where's Osama bin Laden? And he said, "I don't know. I don't really think about very much. I'm not that concerned." We need a president who stays deadly focused on the real war on terror."
TRUTH: This is real twist of the facts. He's implying that President Bush isn't concerned with Osama bin Laden being on the receiving end of American justice. How can any American make that accusation against a fellow citizen. The reality is that after the Afghanistan war was a resounding success for 5 months, Bush's detractors were looking for something to criticize. They seized on the fact that bin Laden had not yet been found. First, Bush was being criticized for making it personal ("dead or alive") but now liberals are accusing Bush of not caring enough about Osama bin Laden.
# 3: "Five million Americans have lost their health insurance in this country."
TRUTH: The population has increased as well. Today, 15.6% of the country does not have health coverage. To make a comparison, look at the Clinton years. When Bill Clinton ran for re-election, the same amount, 15.6% did not have coverage. And 2 years later, while Clinton was having his Cabinet tell lies about Monica Lewinsky, the percentage of those lacking coverage went UP to 16.3%. (hat tip: Joel Mowbray).
# 4: "I have a plan to cover all Americans."
TRUTH: Remember, 84% of Americans have health care. According to the Lewin Group, Kerry's plan would increase it to an estimated 92% to 95%. In fact, 24.3 million would still be left uninsured.
# 5: "$43 billion of giveaways including favors to the oil and gas industry and to people importing ceiling fans from China."
TRUTH: According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Home Depot orchestrated the repeal of a 4.7 percent duty on ceiling fans, mostly manufactured in China. The duty helps the makers of ceiling fans in China by eliminating $44 million in tariffs over the next several years. While it may be a small provision in the tax package, it's important to the Atlanta-based home improvement chain, which says it passes the savings to consumers. Home Depot sells half of the nation's ceiling fans. "The almost 5 percent tariff on ceiling fans brought into our country served no useful purpose and was a needless tax inflating the price that U.S. consumers paid, whether they bought their fans at our stores or another retailer," Home Depot said in a statement. The company added that ceiling fans are energy-efficient, reducing the need for air conditioning. "The government should be encouraging the use of fans, not discouraging them, which is what a tariff or tax does."
# 6: "This president has take a $5.6 trillion surplus and turned it into deficits as far as the eye can see."
TRUTH: There never WAS a $5.6 trillion surplus. It was a projected number that Bill Clinton touted back in the day when he had us convinced that V-Chips mattered more than terorrism. The biggest surplus was $236 billion in fiscal year 2000 - before Bush was elected.
# 7: "Health care costs for the average American have gone up 64 percent."
TRUTH: Families USA is a very liberal group and their analysis only goes as far as 36%.
# 8: Kerry: "They've cut the Pell Grants and the Perkins Loans to help kids be able to go to college."
Bush: "In his last litany of misstatements he said we cut Pell grants. We've increased Pell grants by a million students."
Kerry: "But you know why the Pell grants have gone up in their numbers? Because more people qualify for them because they don't have money. But they're not getting the $5,100 the president promised them. They're getting less money."
TRUTH: According to the Department of Education, the number of Pell Grant awards grew from 3.9 to 5.1 million. An increase of 1.3 million. Spending for Pell Grants grew went from $8 billion to $12.7 billion three years later, a jump of nearly 60%. Bush raised the maximum grant from $3,300 to $4,050. That is not a cut.
# 9: "The fact is that the president had an opportunity to stand up and take on China for currency manipulation."
TRUTH: China has pegged 8.3 yuan to the dollar. The Bush Administration has repeatedly told the Chinese that they disagree with that currency policy but the Chinese have stated that they will do so after their market reforms are more complete.
# 10: "This president didn't stand up for Boeing when Airbus was violating international rules with subsidies."
TRUTH: There is a US-European agreement that allows USA to give tax breaks to Boeing while European countries give subsidies to Airbus. But, Bush has pushed further. He had US Trade Representative Bob Zoellick to inform Europeans that their subsidies are not fair. Bush has even told Zoellick to file a complaint with the WTO if it's deemed necessary.
# 11: "I've actually passed 56 individual bills that I've personally written."
TRUTH: Kerry's 56 bills came out of the Senate but only 5 passed and became law.
# 12: Now maybe that explains why he hasn't fully funded the V.A., and the V.A. hospital is having trouble and veterans are complaining.
TRUTH: Annenberg Center said funding for veterans is going up twice as fast under Bush as it did under Clinton. And the number of veterans getting health benefits is going up 25% under Bush's budgets.
# 13: "In fact we put together a $5.6 trillion surplus in the 90's that was for the purpose of saving Social Security."
TRUTH: The Wall Street Journal notes that Social Security itself is "pay as you go." There's no surplus. Jagadeesh Gokhale and Kent Smetters wrote "our future benefit commitments now far exceed our ability to pay."
# 14: "The jobs the president creating pay $9,000 less than the jobs that we're losing."
TRUTH: The Chicago Fed Letter notes that higher paid jobs are growing faster. Kerry doesn't compare lost jobs to new jobs.
# 15: "The second thing we need is to crack down on illegal hiring. It's against the law in the United States to hire people illegally. And we ought to be enforcing that law properly. And thirdly, we need an earned legalization program for people who've been here for a long time, stayed out of trouble, got a job, paid their taxes and their kids are American. We've got to start moving them towards full citizenship out of the shadows."
TRUTH: So, Kerry wants to punish the employers but not the employees.
# 16: "If we raise the minimum wage, which I will do over several years, to $7 an hour, 9.2 million women who are trying to raise their families would earn another $3,800 a year. The president has denied 9.2 million women $3,800 a year."
TRUTH: If Kerry has his way and raises labor costs by 40%, then many of those women will lose their jobs.
# 17: "Five hundred thousand kids lost after-school programs because of your budget. Now that's not in my gut. That's not my value system."
TRUTH: 21st Century Community Learning Centers program was never cut. Funding is still at $1 billion.
# 18: "This is a president who hasn't met with the Black Congressional Caucus."
TRUTH: The last time President Bush met with the Congressional Black Caucus was in February.