Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC

I've totally bought into Craig Calcaterra's argument that if we were forced into a situation where we needed one person to peddle a BS argument and make it sound authentic to save us, we would choose Bill Clinton.  Who else is alive out there that you would trust with this?  It is true that some of his actions while president were poor.  But anyways, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention.  Some Democrats were slightly scared of what Bill Clinton might say, as if Bill Clinton might yell at an empty chair or something.  Obviously, Bill Clinton would never do something like that, he is too political saavy to do that.  But let's look take a look, anyways, what did he say?  Does his speech hold up to the same scrutiny that fact-checkers used for Republicans?

We're basing this heavily from both PolitiFact and FactCheck, which coincidentally I used for fact-checking the RNC, too.  FactCheck starts their fact-check with "Republicans will find plenty of Clinton’s scorching opinions objectionable. But with few exceptions, we found his stats checked out."  Bill Clinton stated that health care costs have been under 4% for the last two years, for the first time since 1950 and Clinton attributes this to Obama's healthcare reform. It is true about spending.  This is misleading, Bill.  The biggest provisions of Obama's healthcare reform, including the individual mandate, hadn't kicked in yet.  Most experts say the reason for that is because of the recession.  People chose not to go to the doctor for non-urgent care as money became tight, among other reasons.

Bill Clinton claimed that Medicare would go broke by 2016.  Not quite true.  The hospital insurance trust fund "will not be able to pay full benefits for hospital services."  Right now it's on pace to be exhausted by 2024, or by 2016 if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Obama's 2009 stimulus bill (the only stimulus Obama passed, by the way) did not cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans.  The Tax Policy Center estimated that it cut taxes for 76 percent of families or single individuals.

Oil imports are at a 20 year low but it might not be entirely due to Obama's policies.  Some experts argue that it's because of a boom in oil production in North Dakota and Texas because of shale formations due to hydraulic fracking.

Bill Clinton was absolutely right that Democratic presidents have had more jobs created under their watch.  42 million to 24 million.  It is always important to note that "it's a truism of politics that when things go well, the president generally gets too much credit, and when things don't go well, the president usually gets too much blame."

Clinton accused Republicans of blocking Obama's jobs act which would have added 1 million new jobs.  If anything, it might be too low, some experts have estimated that it would add 1.9 or 1.3 million jobs.  Mitch McConnell said that the jobs act was a charade trying to give the political edge to Democrats in 2012.

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