Last week's State of The Union speech got a lot of love from the President's sycophantic followers, but according to the AP, didn't share that love. The AP took a look at the speech and found it to be factually challenged.
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.
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.
On Fuel Efficiency...
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.
Someone needs to fact check the AP on this. As we have seen in recent weeks, the results are already starting to come in and they show that ObamaCare is actually making health care MORE EXPENSIVE. Maybe the AP needs to start reading their own news reports....
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.
Again - something we recently talked about here.....
What is interesting is that the only thing that the AP could criticize the GOP response on was talking about deficit spending. The AP tries to excuse the deficit spending as a result of the recession, but any honest discussion on the subject has to admit that the out of control deficit spending started long before the recession started and it is something that Presidents from BOTH parties are guilty of.
And that is the problem....both parties engage in certain behaviors and to their sycophantic supporters is ok when their guy does it (drone strikes on American citizens) and the ultimate act of evil when the other guy does it. Until we all stop holding our respective "guys" to a lesser standard than we hold the others, we're going to continue experiencing partisan grid-lock.