Since I'm frankly getting tired of every right-wing lie that seems to be churned out by their machine, I thought it would be a good idea to offer fact-based analysis of their claims so you can help educate others.

This is a special edition, because I had to laugh at Carly Fiorina's new campaign ad depicting Barbara Boxer as a huge blimp, endlessly talking but never getting anything done. I think that when you have to depict your opponents as a demon sheep and giant blimp, something tells me you don't have a good campaign.

Claim 1: Boxer only introduced three bills in 18 years as a senator.

Fact: This one is too easy. Going to thomas.loc.gov shows that Boxer has been the sponsor of 89 bills and amendments in the most recent Senate session, including bills that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and a amendment to require notice to consumers when a mortgage loan has been sold or transfered. While a good deal of these bills have not yet passed, the claim that Boxer only introduced 3 bills is ludicrous.

Claim 2: Boxer said after the Christmas Day bomb attempt that "one of the very important national security issues we face frankly is climate change".

Fact: Watching the video itself immediately debunks this claim. At 2:43 of the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJKlc77K5dg), you will see Boxer make the statement. However, if you look closely at the various TV screens on the Boxer blimp, you will be able to notice the MSNBC graphics package is the one that was used before June 2009. So obviously, Boxer made this statement before the bombing on Christmas Day.

Claim 3: At Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina leaned the company towards profitability and actually added jobs.

Fact: Let's see, where do I begin here? Should I begin with the fact that HP's stock dropped 60% during Fiorina's tenure as CEO? The fact that she herself supported the expansion of the H-1B visa, which allows US employers to temporaily employ foreign workers in speciality occupations? Or the fact that she left the comapny with a severance package of almost 20 million dollars?

That's what I've got for today. I will feature broader claims in the next post, but this one was just an example. Vote in the poll, and please tip and recommend!

Originally posted to youngohiodem on Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 09:05 AM PDT.


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