Michele Bachmann and “facts” about lost jobs

Sometimes in politics, the truth gets in the way of a good story, or at least the appearance of a good story. President Obama is keen on saying that his opponents are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. But politicians are human, and they often stretch facts or leave out some context to the information they are citing.


Michele Bachmann, who is often described as playing fast and loose with some facts, continued that tradition on today’s “Face the Nation.” When asked by Bob Schieffer about what she would do to create jobs, she quickly cited a favorite fact of hers:

“So if we cut back the corporate tax rate, if we would zero out the capital gains, right, allow for a 100 percent expensing when a job creator buys equipment for their business, that would go a long way towards job creators recognizing that this is a pro-business environment. But right now, businesses are looking at the uncertainty. They know that ‘Obamacare’ is coming down the pike. The Congressional Budget Office estimated ‘Obamacare’ will cost the economy 800,000 jobs,” she said.

Schieffer quickly pointed out that some disagree with her statement about the President’s health care reform law. “Again, that is data that other people would question,” he stated.

Not to be tripped up, Bachmann went to the source: “That’s, well, that’s the Congressional Budget Office. That’s not Michelle Bachmann. That’s Congressional Budget Office figures saying that we’re – we have the potential of losing 800,000 jobs. Why, in this economy, would you put this very expensive, unwieldy program that’s going to cost jobs when job creation – that’s our real problem right now?” she asked.


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