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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fact Checking Lord Dampnut's Speech to Congress

I didn't watch it. I have a low tolerance for b.s.  But Robert Reich did and here's the fact-checking on our championship liar of a preznit:

Robert Reich:

Trump's address to Congress this evening was chock full of lies. Here's a sample:
1."Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits," Trump said, citing a 116 percent increase in Arizona as an example.
Wrong. Most people get their health care through the employer, and those premiums haven't spiked by nearly this amount. And for many people on the health care exchanges, federal subsidies are offsetting premium increases. Overall premium increases were actually faster under President George W. Bush than under President Barack Obama.

2. “We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.”
Wrong. The data are mixed on the amount of drugs coming through the borders, but illegal immigration flows across the Southern border in fiscal 2015 were at the lowest levels since 1972, except for in 2011.
3. “Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.”
Rubbish. Trump is taking credit for business decisions made before his election.
4. “As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak and as I have promised throughout the campaign.”
More rubbish. About a quarter of the arrests that grabbed headlines in early February were of people who had lesser charges and noncriminal convictions. According to anecdotes of recent arrests, undocumented people with traffic violations were subject to arrest.
5. “By finally enforcing our immigration laws we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars and make our communities safer for everyone.”
Baloney. Research shows noncitizens are less prone to criminality than U.S.-born citizens. The vast majority of unauthorized immigrants are not criminal aliens or aggravated felons. And there’s no evidence that reducing immigration “saves” America any money at all.
6. “Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.”
More rubbish. Participation has declined sharply in means-tested programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).
7. “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”
Wrong. Most of the people who are out of the labor force are retired, students, in jail, stay-at-home parents, or disabled.
They aren’t looking for work. Only about a quarter of the approximately 90 million people officially listed as being out of the labor force are able to get back in the job hunt if labor-market conditions were to improve.
8. "Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world."
Rubbish. The official tax rate doesn’t reflect all the deductions and tax credits. When they're figured in, American corporations pay about the same effective tax rates as companies in other nations.
9. “America has spent approximately $6 trillion in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country — twice.”
Wildly wrong. The wars in Iraq (in the Middle East) and Afghanistan (in South Asia) together cost about $1.6 trillion from 2001 to 2014. Trump’s $6 trillion-figure includes estimates of future spending -- much of which Trump himself plans to spend.
10. “The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century. In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone — and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. This is not acceptable in our society.”
Wrong again. Overall violent crime is on a decades-long decline, since the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the early 1990s.
11. “Jamiel’s 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison. Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great quarterback. But he never got the chance. His father, who is in the audience tonight, has become a good friend of mine.”
Anecdotes don’t prove anything. U.S. Sentencing Commission data show homicides are a small percentage of the crimes committed by noncitizens, whether they are in the United States illegally or not.
12. “I can tell you the money is pouring in. Very nice.”
Trump ad-libbed this line after mentioning that he was pressing NATO allies in “very frank and strong discussions” to meet their financial obligations to the alliance. But his point is nonsense. NATO allies were already increasing their military spending before Trump was elected. And the money is not “pouring into” the United States or even to NATO anyway; it's money countries would spend to bolster their own military.
Trump tells lies the way most people breathe. They come so naturally to him that he can't stop. But his lies undermine our democracy because, told over and over, they begin to sound truthful. As a result, Americans support policies that are wrong or nonsensical.


I read that many pundits said trump became presidential last night. No. A lying liar doesn't change with one speech. The above fact-checking shows once again that trump is still the championship liar and bull$hi++er that he always was and always will be. 

Do NOT normalize the freak.

"The time for trivial fights is over," said a president who spent the first 48 hours of his presidency arguing about inauguration crowd size

If watching POTUS publicly exploit S/Chief Owens' grieving widow didn't make your skin crawl, I worry about you -- as an American & a human.

So "the generals" got S/Chief Owens killed, but let's spotlight his widow on live TV.

Has Stockholm Syndrome overtaken the whole country?


Shaw Kenawe said...


WASHINGTON — A claim by President Donald Trump from his speech to Congress and how it stacks up with the facts:

TRUMP, in prepared remarks: "At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class."

THE FACTS: Trump has provided little detail on how this would happen. Independent analyses of his campaign's tax proposals found that most of the benefits would flow to the wealthiest families. The richest 1 percent would see an average tax cut of nearly $215,000 a year, while the middle one-fifth of the population would get a cut of just $1,010, according to the Tax Policy Center, a joint project by the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute.

J.B. said...

From what I saw, intermittently as I channel surfed in vain seeking something-anything worth watching, was a master of hyperbole. He assumes, all too correctly, that people are unaware of facts such as: mounting debt, a declining labor participation rate, etc. One might think, according to him, that the only impediment to some sort of grandeur is the Republican Congress (both houses), carte blanche, anything that doesn’t comport with his, authoritarian views. I heard it all summarized earlier as: “divorced from reality”. Yes he and those that he still fools!

Rational Nation USA said...

It's time to get over the emotional and get down to just business. "The facts ma'am, just the facts". Moderates are watching. The extremes already have their minds made up and ain't gonna change.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Well, the facts are here in this post.

Rational Nation USA said...


James C. said...

Just because Donald Trump did the bare minimum by behaving himself for one whole evening doesn’t mean he’s suddenly our president. The media seems to have forgotten that he tried to blame Jewish community centers for their own bomb threats just a few hours before his speech.

Anonymous said...

, “And Ryan is looking down, right now, you know that, and he’s very happy, because I think he just broke a record.” In other words, Owens’ death had a happy ending because a lot of people clapped at Trump’s big speech.

What a complete and utter a$$h0/e!

Kevin Robbins said...

Here's the Wash Po fact check.

BTW, I didn't check close on the bingo sheet. Was "believe me" on it. I think Jon Stewart may have put a spike in that on Colbert the other night.

Infidel753 said...

All Trump demonstrated is that, when given a script, he can fake sanity for an hour. It doesn't change the fact that the speech was full of lies.

"And Ryan is looking down, right now, you know that, and he's very happy, because I think he just broke a record." In other words, Owens' death had a happy ending because a lot of people clapped at Trump's big speech.

What a complete and utter a$$h0/e!

Indeed. Nobody owes this orange piece of toxic crud any respect, since he's incapable of respect for anyone else.