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Romney in Woodside for fundraiser
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on Jul 20, 2012
Drivers and cyclists may encounter delays of a few minutes Sunday afternoon, July 22, on Portola Road between Woodside and Mountain Home roads in Woodside, due to the visit of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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posted Friday, July 20, 2012, 10:27 AM
Posted by Fact impairment explained
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm
"Funniest statement I have read today!"
Actually, when someone denies a claim and can't be bothered to address it, or do a little basic research, that makes a rather "funny" post, at least to me. Why are posters so proud of their ignorance?
Let me help out those who are search impaired:
1. "delivered 30 million new customers to private for profit insurance companies in the free market" ObamaCare, aka RomneyCare, aka RomneyObamaCare, aka the Affordable Care Act, delivers coverage to at least 30 million Americans that would otherwise not be covered, mostly through private insurance companies. The number is generally pegged at 30 million, though it may be higher upon implementation, certainly it will be higher as the population grows. Some of those will be too poor to afford coverage, thus may receive subsidies or in fact qualify for Medicaid.
2. "the stock market growing by 50% since Bush" - File this one under "Duh" or even "SUPER DUH" - try reading the business section once a year.
It's actually up around SIXTY percent.
At Obama's inauguration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 7,949. Web Link
Looks like Dow dropped about a hundred today to close at 12721.46. This is basic fact checking folks.
In January this year, the Obama stock market was up 60 percent since inauguration: "Increase in the Dow Jones Industrial average during the first three years of President Barack Obama's term, up 4,771 points to Friday's close of 12,720 as his fourth year begins." Web Link
The Dow sunk 1% in Bush's first term; the Dow sank 24% during Bush's 2nd term; it increased 55% and 111% under Clinton's two terms. You will never hear that from Fox, of course.
3. "raised the GDP from a negative under Bush to a positive" Again: "duh"
Bush GDP in his last quarter in office was a loss of almost 4%: "GDP declined by an annualized -0.5% in the third quarter and -3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2008"
The worst of Bush was yet to come: "Q1 2009 GDP: -6.7%" As we know, Obama took office in late Jan 09, but his policies did not retroactively take effect to Jan 1 09, of course. Q1 2009 is on Bush.
Currently, our last couple years have all been positive GDP growth; not strong enough, of course but certainly positive. Web Link
4. "created 4 million private sector jobs in the last 2 and a half years" Again, duh. Don't y'all read the papers?
"Obama is referring to the increase in private-sector jobs from February 2010 to May 2012. He uses February 2010 as the starting point, because that was the low point for private employment at 106,773,000 jobs. It's been going up ever since. Right now, it's at 111,040,000 an increase of 4,267,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics." Web Link
That statistic is virtually a "slamdunk". Recall that Bush was shedding jobs at the end of his term - consecutive months of job losses exceeding 700,000 jobs lost per month. Folks, c'mon, it really wasn't that long ago.
5. "has half a million fewer public sector workers" - okay, this one is rather in-artfully phrased, but also true.
"Labor Department statistics say that government employment has decreased by 608,000 since February 2009"
Also "But during the past year, while the private sector has added 1.6 million jobs, state and local governments have shed at least 142,000 positions, according to the Labor Department. Those losses are in addition to 200,000 public-sector jobs lost in 2010 and more than 500,000 since the start of the recession. [The New York Times, 11/28/11]"
So let's recap:
"As pointed out earlier, Obama has supported the stock market growing by 50% since Bush - TRUE, delivered 30 million new customers to private for profit insurance companies in the free market - TRUE, raised the GDP from a negative under Bush to a positive - TRUE, created 4 million private sector jobs in the last 2 and a half years - TRUE, has half a million fewer public sector workers - TRUE"
The poster asks: "What flavor Kool Aid have you been drinking?"
Apparently Lori has been drinking the KoolAid of Google or any other decent search engine - and finding facts instead of the fact-less ridicule of the poster "Funniest statement".
Well done, Lori, five of five true.
Poster "Funniest statement"? You should be ashamed.