Fact Checking Obama's SOTU Address

KCurtis 2013/02/14 10:28:22
President Barack Obama did some
cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid
out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be
less onerous than he made it sound.

A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a
glance at the Republican counterargument and how they fit with the

OBAMA: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs."

THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama
starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his
first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the
5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010.
But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.


OBAMA: "We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas."

THE FACTS: Not so fast.

That's expected to happen in 12 more years.

Under a deal the Obama administration reached with automakers in
2011, vehicles will have a corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 miles
per gallon by 2025, twice the 27 miles per gallon, on average, that cars
and trucks get today. Automobile manufacturers won't start making
changes to achieve the new fuel economy standards until model year 2017.
Not all cars will double their gas mileage, since the standard is based
on an average of a manufacturers' fleet.


OBAMA: "Already the Affordable Care Act is helping to reduce the growth of health care costs."

THE FACTS: The jury is still out on whether Obama's health care
overhaul will reduce the growth of health care costs. It's true that
cost increases have eased, but many experts say that's due to the
sluggish economy, not to the health care law, whose main provisions are
not yet fully in effect.


OBAMA: "Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to
earned citizenship -- a path that includes passing a background check,
paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English and going to the
back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally."

THE FACTS: The seemingly stern admonition that illegal immigrants
must go to the back of the line, often heard from the president, doesn't
appear to have much practical effect except in the most obvious sense.
Everyone who joins a line, whether for a movie, a coffee or citizenship,
starts at the back of that particular line. It's not clear he is saying
anything more than that illegal immigrants won't get to cut in line for
citizenship once they've obtained provisional legal status.

Like those living abroad who have applied to come to the U.S.
legally, illegal immigrants who qualify for Obama's proposed path to
citizenship will surely face long waits to be processed. But during that
time, they are already in the U.S. and will get to stay, work and
travel in the country under their new status as provisional immigrants,
while those outside the U.S. simply have to wait.

Sending illegal immigrants to the "back of the line" is something of a
distinction without a difference for some legal immigrants who
dutifully followed all the rules before coming to the United States.

For instance, some legal immigrants who are in the U.S. on an
employer-sponsored visa can't easily change jobs, or in some cases take a
promotion, without jeopardizing their place in line to get a green
card. In other cases, would-be legal immigrants in other countries wait
for years to be able to settle in the U.S.

Obama is using "back of the line" somewhat figuratively, because
there are multiple lines depending on the applicant's relationship with
family already in the U.S. or with an employer. Generally, a
foreign-born spouse of a U.S. citizen or someone with needed skills and a
job offer will be accepted more quickly than many others.

But even as a figurative point, his assertion may cloak the fact that
people who came to the U.S. illegally and win provisional status have
the great advantage over applicants abroad of already being where they
all want to go.


OBAMA: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins
learning, the better he or she does down the road. ... And for poor kids
who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can
shadow them for the rest of their lives. ... Every dollar we invest in
high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on -- by
boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing
violent crime."

THE FACTS: Dozens of studies have shown Head Start graduates are more
likely to complete high school than their at-risk peers who don't
participate in the program. But a study last year by the Department of
Health and Human Services that found big vocabulary and social
development gains for at-risk students in pre-kindergarten programs also
found those effects largely faded by the time pupils reached third
grade. The report didn't explain why the kids saw a drop-off in
performance or predict how they would fare as they aged.


OBAMA: "I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based
solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman
worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won't act soon to
protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up
with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce
pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate
change and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."

THE FACTS: Obama failed to get a global warming bill through Congress
when both Houses were controlled by Democrats in 2010. With Republicans
in control of the House, the chances of a bill to limit the gases
blamed for global warming and to create a market for businesses to trade
pollution credits are close to zero. The Obama administration has
already acted to control greenhouse gases through existing law. It has
boosted fuel-efficiency standards and proposed rules to control
heat-trapping emissions from new power plants. And while there are still
other ways to address climate change without Congress, it's
questionable regulation alone can achieve the reductions needed to start
curbing global warming.

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  • BBLEE 2013/02/26 02:46:45
    In Conclusion, He is only lying, when his lips are moving.
  • txtum#Clinton'sCovertCash 2013/02/20 03:12:59
    He's the Master Spinner and wows the supporters as he performs it.

    His spell has been cast.
  • Erok 2013/02/16 11:47:21
    Blah blah blah blah......more mumbo jumbo from the big phoney!!!
  • Broken 2013/02/16 04:53:49
    He's the Liar In Chief. What else do you expect?
  • Catch224u 2013/02/15 23:51:41
    The facts never get in Obama's way.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2013/02/15 18:41:59
  • MtDuffer 2013/02/15 17:40:04
    He uses his "charm" to win over the unemployed and people are professional Welfare participents.
  • Rodney 2013/02/15 05:15:39
    Blah, Blah, Blah. All talk and nothing truly actionable. Pie in the sky but never a look at the unintended consequences or costs.
  • Chokmah 2013/02/15 04:45:57
    In 2009, Obama prioritized cutting healthcare costs and "restoring fiscal discipline." He made doing so the top "pillars" of his agenda, saying:

    "The big problem is Medicare." Its cost is "unsustainable."

    The "biggest cost drivers in our budget are entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, all of which get more and more expensive every year."

    "If we want to get serious about fiscal discipline - and I do - we will have to get serious about entitlement reform."

    Medicare and Social Security aren't entitlements. They're insurance programs. They're funded by worker/employer payroll tax deductions. They're contractual federal obligations to eligible recipients who qualify.

    Obama did what he does best. He lied. He's a serial liar. He supports wealth and power. He’s beholden to powerful monied interests. They own him. He spurns popular needs. He prioritizes letting them go begging on his watch.

    He proposed massive Medicare cuts. In 2010, 2011, and last November he urged more. He's waging class war on Americans. He wants fundamental social benefits destroyed. He wants ordinary people hung out to dry. He wants them on own sink or swim.
  • cddjmikey 2013/02/15 04:25:08
    We will know if he ever tells the truth. He will burst into flames !!
  • goatman112003 2013/02/15 04:13:07
    The other he talked about was a high school which graduates its students with an associates degree. That school is Brooklyn Technical and one of the premier high schools in the country with a 1 out of 11 taking of students who apply for it. Yes it is a public high school in New York city with a very smart student body as they get the cream of the crop. So this example wouldn't work with the normal school as the quality of the student isn't there or the robustness of the coursework. This was another misleading statement made by Fearless Leader in that speech.
  • Mike 2013/02/15 01:29:09 (edited)
    His speech was nothing more than another lying campaigning blunder that has weak minded libs praising his holy majesty
  • SharonJohnson 2013/02/15 00:11:29
    If his trailer trash mouth is moving he is Lying plain simple. Ugly ass liar
  • keeper 2013/02/14 23:48:44
    His speech writers sure know how to misuse facts!
  • Claybern 2013/02/14 23:33:50
    This guy tells more lies then the little child who cried wolf.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2013/02/14 23:07:38
    Swampdog PWCM
    The more outlandish the lie, the easier it is for idiots to swallow.
  • Rusty Bubbles 2013/02/14 21:17:34
    Rusty Bubbles
    Obama wouldn't know a fact if it crawled up his butt and danced with the gerbil
  • Tennessee3501 2013/02/14 20:52:46
    Pinocchio   growing nose

    "I am the soul mate of President Obama! Don't lecture to me! We always tell the truth!"
  • kmay 2013/02/14 19:38:40
    He lied yet his low information voters still follow blindly!
  • Elleryqueen 2013/02/14 18:38:08
    To him/them lying is the thing to do for their gain. Take everything he said with grain of salt.

  • Seonag 2013/02/14 16:44:37
    More twisting of facts and out-right lies to push his agenda to destroy the US as a Republic!
  • dominic garcia 2013/02/14 16:14:37
    dominic garcia
    I am just so tired of his lies and the distortion of the truth. They are just mind games for his airhead supporters!!!!! I am still praying that, they get smart and start doing their homework.
  • Fashionable60s 2013/02/14 16:00:26
    Liar, liar, your pants' on fire!
  • Stan Kapusta 2013/02/14 16:00:01
    Stan Kapusta
    Thank you for the summary. See I'm one who changed the channel. I really got tired of being lied to. So I just wait till after, then skim over the crap.
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2013/02/14 15:34:56
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    Liar-in-chief and I did not tune in I am tired of his lies and will not look or listen to the DEVIL !!!!!
  • mikeyavelli 2013/02/14 14:48:27
    I have acute obama fatigue. I am weary of even criticizing him. He is enemy number one.
  • Diane S... mikeyav... 2013/02/14 15:35:39
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    Me too !!!!!!
  • Crank_It_Up 2013/02/14 14:39:22
    Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell More Than Forecast Last Week

    Foreclosure Crisis May Be Drawing to a Close

    GM finishes 2012 with $4.9 billion profit

    Woohoo!! Go Obama!!!
    obama relected
  • Elleryq... Crank_I... 2013/02/14 18:30:00
    All of which are oblunder (obama, lower case "o" intentional to you) lovers and not a bit objective.
  • superangrymonkey 2013/02/14 13:51:56
    That's kind of funny.
  • Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy 2013/02/14 13:20:53
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    What do you expect from a liar?
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/14 13:12:48
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    obaaama lies as much as his commie leftist media does. I've heard so many people say that they don't believe anything on TV anymore.
  • Diane S... Torchma... 2013/02/14 15:36:37
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    I do not pay attention to the Obama media either !!!!!
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2013/02/14 12:50:36
    I'm surprised the AP let the cat out of the bag.
  • Hawkeye Temlako... 2013/02/14 13:49:38
    Even THEY can't get him elected for a third term..
  • Temlako... Hawkeye 2013/02/14 16:28:58
    Unless Rep. Serrano's Repeal the Twenty-second Amendment CJR gets through...
  • Claybern Temlako... 2013/02/14 23:45:00
    I pray that never happens. Because if it does the USA may be lost as we know it.
  • txtum#C... Claybern 2013/02/20 03:25:42
    The fact that we no longer have a Free Press is evident enough for me that the USA IS lost. Then all this BS about Rights of Free Speech?

    The treatment of our veterans, active military and their families? We ARE lost Mr. Claybern, it's been TALKED to death with no action for follow-through. We are spinning a wheel and going NOWHERE.
  • Hawkeye Temlako... 2013/02/15 09:11:05
    Well.. Even THERE the Amendment process wouldn't be completed before the end of Obama's second term..
  • Temlako... Hawkeye 2013/02/17 00:07:19

    Or maybe the Devil will grease the skids.

    Of course he can only do that with Divine permission. The Devil never "gets it." God only grants such permission when He knows the devil will only ruin himself further with whatever he does.

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