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Friday, July 07, 2006
Debunking Joe's Bunk
Via the official blog's comprehensive Claim vs. Fact roundup, some of the more egregious examples from last night:
- on Social Security:
Claim #3 The fact is that I have opposed George Bush on most of the major policy initiatives of his administration, from tax cuts for the rich to privatizing Social Security.
Fact: “Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., is undecided about the concept of using payroll taxes to fund private Social Security accounts, bringing to three the known number of Senate Democrats who have yet to publicly rule out the idea.”—In fact, after tremendous pressure, Senator Lieberman was the LAST Democratic Senator to come out against privatization.
- on Iraq:
Claim #9: Let me repeat. I’m not for an open-ended commitment to Iraq.
Fact: Senator Lieberman on CNN: “”We may, over the long term, with the consent of the new Iraqi government, establish some permanent bases in Iraq.”
- on what Lieberman's hero John Bailey would have thought about Joe bolting the party:
Claim #11: Well, of course, the first thing Mr. Bailey would do is try to stop Mr. Lamont from hurting the Democratic Party’s chances of electing a Democratic senator who might help to make a Democratic majority in the Senate, who would help the three Democratic challenging candidates for the House of Representatives, who might help make the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Fact: Since Mr. Bailey is no longer with us, we’ll have to use his words and not Senator Lieberman’s to best gauge how he would react. And in 1970, when Democratic Senator Dodd left the Democratic Party and ran as an Independent in the general, it was Mr. Bailey who said, “any action like this can’t help but hurt the party.” SOURCE, 1970 NYT .PDF
- on Ned's personal finances:
Claim #12: Why would his wealth be a campaign issue to you? LIEBERMAN: Well, it’s part of who he is. But really, the point is who is he?
Fact: From Senator Lieberman’s book, “In Praise of Public Life” (available for 1 cent on Amazon.com): “There is nothing wrong with going after your opponent’s voting record or any other evidence of negligence in his public life, but digging into his bank account ... when these things have nothing to do with the performance of his public duties-past, present, or future-is wrong.”