Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Reviewing PolitiFacts “Lies of the year”

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

TGIF everyone, and can you believe only two weeks before Christmas? I’ve gotten very little shopping done and I gotta tell you, I hate giving people cash as a gift. I’ve got siblings that tell me they want money for Christmas, “No, if I give you cash, I feel like I’m paying a bill” I reply. Santa Claus does not slide down the chimney, look at the base of the Christmas tree and throw down a few dollars, like his tipping a waitress at the Chilis! Make a list of stuff that you would like to receive. Here we got with the last post of the week.

Reviewing PolitiFact’s lies of the year:The fact checkers from St. Petersburg’s Politifacts have had a banner year, getting tons of media coverage and putting dents in the accusations thrown at each other from our law makers. They have published their nominees for lies of the year. Lets have a look.

“The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.-

My Take: You know, people in Bachmann’s position seldom choose statements like these. She must have been fed the info from someone on her staff, who took it from the “Blogosphere”, who in turn took that number from an anonymous source in India. Guys, blogs are fun but are normally, not good for research, when speaking to the media you gotta pull the numbers from dependable sources and dress them with your opinion. That’s analysis folks. Bachmann forgot that.

ObamaCare is a “government takeover” of health care. — Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Wisconsin Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch; and others

My take: I’m not crazy about Obama’s healthcare plan. I’ll stand by party leadership on this one.

He needs to ease up on the tears, but I'll be looking forward to his leadership in the house

“Taliban Dan” Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands. — Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.

My Take: Ah, home cooking straight from the Lynx building (Grayson’s Office). My coverage of one of the biggest political follies of the year has been extensive. Posts like this one or this one were nothing compared to the beating Alan Grayson took in the media, and eventually the polls. You can’t get overzealous with your video editing and try to fly it by the voters.

“The stimulus has not created one private sector job.” — Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla.

My take: C’mon Guv! It’s in the past and Florida is open for business, but still…

“Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats’ plan.” — Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others

My take: There is a certain amount of spin to this statement. Doing nothing would have indeed raised taxes on every business because of the end of the Bush Era Tax Cuts. The Democrat’s plan to extend them only for the Sub 250 crowd, would drop that number substantially. This then leads to a the argument that is currently raging in Washington, which is another blog post entirely.

The Representative from Texas Randy Negebauer

“Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world.” — Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz.,

My Take:This isn’t the BCS, I know statistics are powerful speech, but everyone knows how big kidnappings are in South America.

The ethics report “exonerates me.” — Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

My Take: Please….

Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. — Florida Democratic Party and other Democratic candidates

My Take: Look at the source. They can’t even pay there own employees! I suppose that is kind of ironic though, with their financial policies and all. I don’t like partisan shots, but this warrants it.

There are some doozies in there. Some of them make you laugh and others just tick you off. It will be interesting to see who wins.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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