Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart
I went to Factcheck.org to check on some facts. They have a feature on stump speeches and this is all from Mitt Romney’s stump speech, which apparently is all lies and half truths:
Romney says Obama said by now [unemployment] would be down to 5.4 percent. But Romney is referring to a speculative report issued at the beginning of Obama’s presidency containing projections, not promises. Those projections relied on prevailing economic models that quickly proved to have underestimated the depths of the recession at that time.
Romney says median family income dropped $5,000 under Obama. That’s an exaggeration. The true loss of inflation-adjusted, median family income was $3,290 during Obama’s first three years. Romney’s figure is based on a report that covers a period that includes 13 months before Obama took office.
Romney says health insurance premiums have gone up $2,500 under Obama. The actual increase has been $1,700, most of which was absorbed by employers and only a small part of which is attributable to the health care law.
Romney blames Obama for the cost of gasoline doubling, but that’s misleading. Gasoline prices happened to be unusually low when Obama took office due to the recession and financial crisis.
There are more, but you get the idea. And Factcheck.org isn’t allabout Mitt.
They’ve got some stuff coming from Obama, too. Check it out, stay informed and don’t believe anything a politician says.