Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Great Resource

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times out of Tampa Bay to help you find the truth in politics.

Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in Washington. We research their statements and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

We also rate the consistency of public officials on our Flip-O-Meter using three ratings: No Flip, Half Flip and Full Flop.

We created the Obameter to help you assess the Obama presidency. Our reporters have compiled a database of more than 500 individual promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign. We research and rate their status as No Action, Stalled or In the Works and then ultimately determine whether it earns a Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

To read more about Politifact and how the Obameter works go here.

Currently, they have two promises made by Obama listed as broken.

1. Campaign Promise #234, Allow five days of public comment before signing bills.

To reduce bills rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them, Obama "will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."

Read more here.

2. Campaign Promise #505, Create a $3,000 tax credit for companies that add jobs.

"During 2009 and 2010, existing businesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired."

Read more here.

The fact that this stimulus package was rushed through both houses, five days were not given for the American people to review it, that it was published in a PDF file that could not be key word searched and that it is going to impact our country into the next generations is very alarming.

Breaking News!!! North Korea is testing a missile in the next 2-3 weeks that has the capability to reach the United States. They are saying it could look like on an attack on the United States, but it won't be.


1. How do you feel about the U.S. relations with Muslim countries? (here is an article quoting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and here is an article on an order Obama signed issuing an emergency contribution of $20.3 million for "urgent relief efforts" in Gaza. He approved the aid, which is to come from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund).

2. Do you feel we are as safe with Barak Obama as our president?


Two Dogs said...

I see that PolitiFact has now set the Guinness world's record for typing "Pants on Fire" eighty-six billion times in one month. Cool.

I don't know about "feeling" safe with Barry as president, but I do know that we are NOT SAFE because there are no leaders the world over that think him to be anything other than a feckless, dumb, little man. When Putin calls you out on being a Socialist, that says a boatload.

By the way, the Dow is off almost 2000 points since Jughead was elected, a loss of 19%. Our biggest companies have lost a fifth of their value since Barry became king. What do business leaders think about his intelligence? Not too much obviously.

Coffee Bean said...

I saw that about Putin! Do you know if that made it into the mainstream news? That has got to cause at least some of the people that deny Obama is a socialist to sit up and take note. You'd think, anyway.

Two Dogs said...

I would assume that the MSM will get around to covering that...right after they continue to publicize the reason for the McCainiac's loss was Sarah Palin. Yes, the WaPo has yet another story on that TODAY.

The MSM still has not covered the Religion of Peace throwing shoes at Barry's likeness (they couldn't miss because of the ear-size!) and at Hillary's Kissy-Face tour to Muslim-land.

BLBeamer said...

Regarding Politifact, it sure seems to me that the St. Petersburg Times' love affair with the object of their devotion and bestest buddy and all time greatest president and holiest person ever continues - and shows no sign of cooling off.

Examples: #452 is a promise to weatherize 1 million homes a year for the next 10 years. It seems to me that one would have to wait 10 years to find out if that one is met, but it is already in the win column one month after his inauguration. The fact that money was authorized does not prove those houses will be weatherized.

#240 promises ""No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration." Yet Tom Daschle, Mark Patterson and William Lynn have all been asked to join the administration in direct contradiction of that promise. Daschle withdrew for reasons other than his blatant conflict of interest. Lynn and Patterson have not been disqualified. Despite these (at least) three broken promises, the St. Pete Times can't bring themselves to give Obama anything worse than a "compromise."

Yet Media Matters congratulates the Times for being harder on Obama than they were on Bush. I am sending a bill for my new monitor to Media Matters because when I read that, I spewed all over my old one.

BLBeamer said...

1. How do you feel about the U.S. relations with Muslim countries?
I think we should stop sending them billions of dollars a year. They are too moral to deserve our filthy lucre.

2. Do you feel we are as safe with Barak Obama as our president? It is too early to say. However, I suspect, based on the fact he is a typically bloody-minded Chicago pol, he may prove to be ruthless against those who embarrass him or make him look bad. Hopefully, those who he perceives have done will be al-qaeda and not hapless plumbers from Ohio.

Coffee Bean said...

Hey BLBeamer!!!

I always really appreciate what you have to say. As I went about my day today (well, now it is yesterday... we are still up working on homework...OY!) I kept thinking of things that I needed to check on PolitiFact and was wondering how "unbiased" they really are given the fact that I can think of other broken promises that they haven't counted as such. I still think it is a good resource but I'm thinking I need to look at what they have to say with a more critical eye.

BLBeamer said...

CB - It is a good idea to look at what everyone has to say with a more critical eye.

Except me, of course! :)