With poor reviews for the tone of President Obama’s so-called deficit speech already in, nonpartisan fact checkers have turned to criticizing the substance of the speech and other Democratic attacks on the House GOP budget, including their use of “deceptive” statistics and “false” talking points.
President Obama Was “Unclear” On What Methods He Would Use To Address Medicare Spending. “Of course, Obama agrees that the government has to find ways to curb Medicare spending. But it’s unclear what exactly those methods would be.” (Lori Robertson, Eugene Kiely, and D’Angelo Gore, “FactChecking Obama’s Budget Speech,” www.factcheck.org, 4/15/11)
Nonpartisan FactCheck.org Called President Obama’s Claim That Children Would Be Harmed By The GOP Budget An “Exaggeration,” Noting States Would Have Freedom And Flexibility To Cover Them. “He said ‘poor children,’ ‘children with autism’ and ‘kids with disabilities’ would be left ‘to fend for themselves.’ That, too, is an exaggeration. The GOP says states would have ‘freedom and flexibility to tailor a Medicaid program that fits the needs of their unique populations.’ It doesn’t bar states from covering those children.” (Lori Robertson, Eugene Kiely, and D’Angelo Gore, “FactChecking Obama’s Budget Speech,” www.factcheck.org, 4/15/11)