Skip to comments.What is the biggest political lie of 2011?
Posted on 01/08/2012 4:49:34 AM PST by IbJensen
What is the biggest political lie of 2011? There are so many to choose from. I admit I was skeptical when PolitiFact said it was ready to declare the Lie of the Year 2011. After all, its record for bashing conservatives was pretty much unblemished.
Two years ago, the scribes who put together PolitiFact selected Sarah Palins comment about death panels as the biggest lie of 2009. In 2010, they once again sprang to the defense of Obamacare, pooh-poohing claims that it represented a government takeover of health care as the years biggest falsehood.
So imagine my surprise when the PolitiFact declared that the Lie of the Year 2011 was the Democrats claim that Republicans voted to end Medicare.
The brouhaha began in April, when Republicans in the House of Representatives passed Representative Paul Ryans plan to reform the hugely expensive government healthcare program. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee jumped on the issue. In a widely circulated Web commercial released just four days after the vote, it warned that senior citizens would have to pay $12,500 more each year for healthcare because Republicans voted to end Medicare.
In the most blatantly dishonest attack of all, the Agenda Project, a liberal activist group, produced a Web video showing a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.
The attacks continued, even though the Ryan plan was defeated in the Senate. In November, Nancy Pelosi the vitriolic former Speaker of the House who was demoted to Minority Leader after the Republican victories in 2010 sent out a fundraising appeal that read: House Republicans vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.
When PolitiFact first reported on the Democratic accusations, it found nine separate instances of factual inaccuracies. Some it branded as False. Others were so blatantly wrong they earned a Pants on Fire designation.
For the record, the Ryan plan would not have made a single change in Medicare for anyone who is presently on the program. Nor would anyone be affected who would be eligible for Medicare over the next decade. For anyone 55 or older, the program would be unchanged.
Yet virtually every Democratic attack ad talked about senior citizens or featured pictures and videos of elderly people who were clearly too old to be affected by the Ryan plan. It was some of the worst political demagoguery Ive ever seen.
But I dont think it was the Lie of the Year 2011.
No, I think the biggest lie of 2011 was Were going to cut spending.
After more than two years of operating without a budget and just before heading home for the holidays, Congress finally passed an omnibus spending bill for Fiscal 2012. The 1,221-page beast calls for the expenditure of more than $1 trillion, yet doesnt reduce Federal spending by a penny.
According to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, there was only one major domestic program that cost U.S. taxpayers more than$100 million that got the ax: the Department of Energys loan-guarantee program. Right, thats the same one that cost U.S. taxpayers more $500 million when the solar-power favorite Solyndra went under. The total savings from eliminating this boondoggle was less than $500 million.
Meanwhile, spending on food stamps is scheduled to reach $80 billion this year more than double the amount just five years ago.
Since its almost impossible for us to grasp the real significance of the numbers Washington bandies about so casually, let me put it in terms that every family in America can understand (some wag put this together). Lets remove eight zeroes from the Federal numbers and pretend were talking about a household budget. If your family operated the same way Washington does, here is what it would look like:
Annual family income: $21,700 Annual family expenditures: $38,200 Increase in your credit-card debt: $16,500 Outstanding balance on your credit cards: $142,710 Amount you agree to cut spending: $385
If you ever heard of a family operating in this manner, wouldnt you think they are almost criminally irresponsible?
In fact, wouldnt you want to delete the word almost from my previous sentence?
There were a lot of big lies told last year. That should come as no surprise. As the joke says, How can you tell when a politician is lying? Answer: His lips are moving. Or in Pelosis case, her lips are moving.
In narrowing the field of falsehoods to the biggest of the big ones, I choose the simple promise Well cut spending. For most of my life, our political masters in both parties have willingly, even gleefully, participated in a massive conspiracy to rob from our children and grandchildren. They have saddled these innocent victims with more than $15 trillion in debt plus many times that amount in promises our government has made but cannot possibly keep.
What is the single most important issue facing this country in 2012? I am convinced its stopping the spending.
That means electing enough people to the House and Senate who will no longer go along to get along no matter who is in the White House. Thats my story, and Im sticking to it. Whats yours?
Another good candidate for your list from Hawaii ...
Politifact also released an article Friday where they dubbed Rep. Gwen Moore’s claim that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had prevented “poor women from getting cancer screenings” as so false that it was a “pants on fire” lie.
I wonder what’s getting in to them?
Biggest lie? Unemployment numbers.
That one will win next years award. The administration is just getting warmed up good on those.
#2 covering up of illegal activities by President Obama or his people.
#3 The Obama appears to be a Muslim based on his throwing Israel under the bus and fostering the Arab Spring Islamic Brotherhood rise to power.
That Obama loves America!!! What a LIE!
Good ones. And Obama’s recent statement about all the “progress” we have made. That is one of the biggest lies of all, that this administration has improved the situation in the U.S. and has been successful.
Only in a world turned upside down.
They are 99%.
"We're headed in the right direction, but there's more to be done"
The destruction of America is going along as planned, but it can still be salvaged ... we (I) must work faster to ensure the demise of personal liberty and freedom.
The same lie from 2009 and 2010.
That the bisexual Marxist Kenyan Muslim is Constitutionally qualifed to be POTUS.
The two so very obviously faked BCs.
"Just bend over. This won't hurt a bit!"