Republican Lies

Ten Years after the GOP Takeover of Congress, Anti-Spending Promise Proves to be Another Lie
Republican Lies

"Almost a decade has passed since the political revolution that changed party control of Congress, but what happened to the fiscal revolution that was supposed to follow? The latest BillTally study released today from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) offers surprising data showing how the prospects for smaller government went from promising, to poor, to uncertain today. Since the early years of the Republican accession to leadership, the typical GOP lawmaker's yearly spending agenda has trended upward, reaching record highs in this Congress ($35.6 billion in the House and $32.7 billion in the Senate)." What is worst is that almost NONE of the GOP's spending increases went to services for citizens - they went to corporate welfare and defense. Meanwhile, most Dem increases in spending have been aimed at improving citizens lives (education, social services, etc.)

Giuliani's Mean-Spirited, Misleading Criticisms of Kerry Intended to Deceive Viewers
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Washington Post: "In his speech to the Republican National Convention on Monday night, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani made a number of specific attacks based on statements made by Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry. But Giuliani's description of those comments often lacked context." The former mayor whose ratings were in the low 40% before he exploited 9/11 to aggrandize himself is the Republicans' designated 9/11 exploiter. He mentioned 9/11 several times in his speech. The pro-gay, pro-choice, pro-gun control Republican is way out of step with his Neanderthal party, but hopes to win its nomination in 2008 so these lies are transparent efforts to ingratiate himself to the right wing extreme. Keep dreaming, Rudy. Look what they did to McCain!

Swift Boat Veterans: Wrapped Up in Self-Serving Fantasies of the Past, Indifferent to the Reality of Fellow Vets' Suffering
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John Cory writes: "If Swift Boat veterans are truly concerned with truth and honor, perhaps they should focus on the numerous articles about Iraq veterans being billed for their hospital stays and having their disabilities downgraded so the government won't have to pay as much as they should; of veterans having to fight the VA system for benefits; of troops being short of bullets; of families having to take up collections for the purchase of body armor for their loved-ones, because the government fails to supply them; of Humvees poorly armored to protect our soldiers; and of course, the stories of high ranking officers who live well and distant from the grunts who bleed and die in America's name. No, these men care not for the present, only their past. They have no concern for the living, only the fading of their [fantasy-ridden] glory days."

Judicial Watch's Larry Klayman Admits He's a 'True Republican' Loyal to Bush- After Years of Phony Nonpartisan Claims
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Corporate front group-cum- "nonpartisan watchdog" Judicial Watch went after Clinton with a vengeance - but has kept kid gloves on with the Bush junta, no matter how outrageously they violate federal and moral codes. So it comes as no surprise to find that chief JW phony Larry Klayman is a self-described "true Republican" who is now running for office so he can "help the pResident," whom, says Klayman, is just a poor guy who got "bad advice." Klayman believes WMDs existed in Iraq but were mysteriously spirited away and instead of admitting the war was a trumped up debacle, complains that Bush didn't go in SOONER. Yeah, Larry, we bet you'll be as much help to Bush as you were to the American people while you were with Judicial Watch. As in worse than useless.

Did Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) Lie about Being Active Military?
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"The Army Reserve officer who wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer returned to Lafayette on Thursday with evidence allegedly showing that the Monticello Republican is not being truthful about his military status in March... Republican challenger Dennis Hardy read a letter from Buyer to House Speaker Dennis Hastert that Hardy obtained from the March 20 Congressional Record. 'Dear Mr. Speaker: I have been called to active duty in the United States Army,' the letter states. 'Pending further orders, I request immediate indefinite leave of the House of Representatives to accommodate my military duties.' Hardy, who announced plans Tuesday to challenge Buyer in next spring's primary, said the letter offers proof that Buyer lied about being called to active duty for the war in Iraq... Hardy said he thinks Buyer lied about his military status in order to burnish his political image and thus position himself to run for the Senate if Indiana's senior U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar decides to retire."

A Cure for GOP Email Lies about Social Security
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From Buzzflash: "The Republican 'big lie' machine has generated an utterly false email that they have launched onto the internet to mislead less politically aware voters about social security... here is the original GOP liemail and, below it, a rebuttal... Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security? A: The Democratic party. FALSE Ronald Reagan signed a bill taxing Social Security benefits. In the early 1980s the Social Security program faced a serious short-term financing crisis. President Reagan appointed a blue-ribbon panel, known as the Greenspan Commission, to study the financing issues and make recommendations for legislative changes. The final bill, signed into law in 1983, made numerous changes in the Social Security and Medicare programs, including the taxation of Social Security benefits, the first coverage of Federal employees under Social Security and an increase in the retirement age in the next century (See www.ssa.gov/history/briefhistory3.html)."

The Lies About Congress
Republican Lies

Many of us have received a viral e-mail like this:

Subject: Truth
Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500
employees and has the following statistics:
29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad check
Can you guess which organization this is?
Give up yet?
It's the 535 members of the United States Congress
83.4% of them are Democrats

As all experienced Internet users know, any e-mail without a link to a credible source is garbage. If you want to know the origins of such e-mails, you can usually find them at the excellent hoax-buster site, snopes.com.