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Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Church with his
humble lifestyle and direct and often challenging commentary on world
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on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 in a speech on homeownership
has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the
2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised. Check it out.
In an 84-page document which is essentially the official platform for his papacy, Pope Francis beseeches politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare". He condemns an economy of exclusion and inequality. Read about his first year.
In a November 12 interview with Jake Tapper.
forecasts of the loss range from $16 billion to $24 billion. The exact cost is still unknown due to ongoing uncertainty and putting a damper on growth.
Doonesbury, aka Garry Trudeau chose to use the high but defensible estimate from an independent
The alleged quote has circulated online for almost six years, but is a lie created by a satire website, Scooter
. The people distributing this didn’t bother to look at a disclaimer on Scooter’s website.
Stats by Obama official are true. She was making a much larger point: That Medicaid costs might not
increase as rapidly as some had predicted, even though they will still
In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World
Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote
inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses
laid bare by the global financial crisis.
Obama's not far off, but it’s actually closer to 16 percent less. Reagan never raised the minimum wage.
According to a 2013 study by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute
23 percent of 18- to 33-year-olds are religious progressives, 17
percent are religious conservatives, and 22 percent are non-religious. (page 34 of comprehensive report)
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report was widely misquoted and misconstrued. The reduction will come from voluntary actions by workers, rather than
layoffs by employers. The law would not push up unemployment. In fact,
some people at the low end of the wage ladder would find it easier to
find work as a result of the predicted shifts in the workforce.
Americans for Prosperity (Kosh brothers) makes sweeping claims about the health-care law that lack context or offer a misleading picture. They claim not to be about politics yet run in states with competitive Senate races. They misconstrue facts.
Tanden was commenting on the Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision allowing states to effectively ban affirmative action. She accurately reflected the findings of a much publicized report, however some other studies show slight differences.
It is true that Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the United States.
They are working fewer hours for more pay, living longer on average,
and facing less income inequality." Her claim that Canada provides a better safety net is hard to measure statistically.
Zombie Attack was the name for a training tool to teach soldiers about the basic concepts of
military plans and order. It was development through a fictional training
Boehner sited an earlier Chamber of Commerce study that made predictions based on different regulations than those announced by the White House.
According to the annual Economic Report, of 12 nations, only the US and Germany have surpassed their
pre-recession level. Another measure, says US is expected to have the highest growth in the coming year -- a projected 2.75 percent.
Charts from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2015
show spending by Bush increased 88%, while spending increased only 3.78% under Obama. Deficit increased to $1.4 trillion under Bush. Under Obama deficits have been reduced by about half to $.6 trillion. We have gone from losing around 850,000 jobs a month under Bush, to gaining over 200,000 jobs a month under Obama.
Presidents Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II all dealt with recessions by growing the government and increasing local and government jobs. But under Obama federal, state, and local government has
declined by more than half a million workers in the last three years.
Sanders is right if you use the official numbers, but it’s worth noting
that the figure for individual income taxes now includes a significant
chunk of taxes assessed on corporate profits.
Global warming, according to Klein's book, This Changes Everything
, is not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. Our economic model is waging against life on earth.
Our environment is loosing the battle to corporate profits.
He was citing a study that experts said was "flawed" and the company in
charge of the project, TransCanada, said was "no longer relevant."
This organization, supported by an extensive list of notable Republican politicians and public servants, has posted an impressive statement called, Why Sam Brownback’s Policies are Taking Kansas in the Wrong Direction.
They say these Republican policies have caused deficit spending, drastic cuts in education and highway spending, hurt job growth, benefited special interests at the expense of the people, and downgrades Kansas character and creates embarrassing headlines.
"Historical analysis shows that for most of the century, including some boom times, top-bracket income tax rates were much higher than they are today.".. "History shows super-high tax rates on rich people do not appear to hurt the economy.".. "Periods of very low tax rates have been followed by periods with very high tax rates, and vice versa. So history suggests that tax rates will soon start going up."
The facts are, Texas has the 13th highest poverty rate in the United States. Texas is one of nine states with the highest levels of income inequality. Texas has created over a million jobs since the recession began. But it
has also added a quarter million more part-time workers who want
full-time jobs. Mark 14:7 says the poor will be with you but it does not say to ignore them.
The latest global oil production statistics back up Klobuchar’s claim.
The United States has been the world’s largest oil producer since late
According to one measurement, the bottom 90 percent of American earners had a lower income in 2012 than they had 30 years ago.
She’s arguing that middle-class wages haven’t
increased enough over the past couple decades.
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line. Click the icon to review each point.
These quotes from 2015 State of the Union Message are true. The real average hourly earnings rose by 1%
, and surveys show that 17% more businesses plan to raise wages than those who plan to cut them.
This is the highest since 2007.
The United States far and away incarcerates more people than its peers,
in terms of the portion of its population behind bars, despite having a
comparable amount of crime.
Data for the most recent year, 2012, shows business closures at about what they were in 2005.
The percentage of firms that closed was quite high in 2009, but it
wasn’t the highest point, and more recently, it is in line with
Existing cap-and-trade programs have not proven to be "devastating" in
their economic impact. While estimates for proposed programs vary, most
experts and analysts have found modest potential impact on the economy;
some even show a positive impact.
Reich is a political economist who has served in the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, and as Secretary of Labor under Clinton. This short video illustrates how our economy will benefit by raising the minimum wage.
While this statement is true, the downturn actually happened during the recession in 2008.
America does have a large supply of petroleum, natural gas and coal.
But combining the three fuel sources together is like comparing fossil
fuel-based apples and oranges.
Just comparing straight numbers, Perry was right about coal, but wrong on natural gas and crude oil.
There is no evidence of any Mexican policy that pushes people out of
Mexico and into the United States. As it has been the case for decades, a
combination of economic and family factors accounts for most of the
migration from Mexico to the United States.
Sander's claim repeats a finding from a study by two internationally known
economists that were supported by two other major economists PolitiFact
contacted. The study has been criticized for not
including Social Security in the wealth calculations.
Walker failed his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs, but says he, instead, brought down unemployment rates and raised labor
participation rates. The numbers check out, but the decrease was when both national and
regional unemployment rates steadily decreased as well.
As of June 10, 2016, PolitiFact has reviewed 154 statements by Donald Trump. Twelve (12) were true or mostly true. Forty nine (49) were 1/2 True of Mostly-False. And Ninety three (93) were False or Pants-on-Fire. Below are just a few: