AP fact-check says Obama SOTU doesn’t add up

posted at 8:48 am on January 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In yesterday’s State of the Union speech, Barack Obama set himself on two contradictory courses.  Obama knew he had to pay lip service to the anger among Americans over the profligate spending Congress conducted over the last four years, but then he also wanted to sell his grocery list of new initiatives at the same time.  How did he do?  According to the AP, Obama’s math needs remedial work in almost every area — including Obamacare:

The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.

Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in hisState of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the last two years and proposed “we redouble these efforts.” He coupled this with a call to “freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.”

But Obama offered far more examples of where he would spend than where he would cut, and some of the areas he identified for savings are not certain to yield much if anything.

Color the AP … unimpressed.  Calvin Woodward notes that one proposal for an increase in tax receipts, a tax hike on oil companies, didn’t fly even when Democrats controlled Congress.  But that’s hardly the extent of the problems in Obama’s math.

  • Obama argued that his new health-care plan lowers the deficit, and that repealing it would add “a quarter of a trillion dollars” to it.  Woodward points out that this argument depends on deep cuts to Medicare payments to doctors, which Obama and his fellow Democrats later reversed, at least for now.  It’s also worth noting that the reason it works on paper is because it hikes taxes more than it cuts spending.
  • The supposed stand on earmarks doesn’t pass the smell test, either.  Obama has been vowing to stop earmark-laden bills from becoming law since he first started running for office in 2007, but Woodward recalls that Obama has not only signed every earmarked bill he’s received into law, he also praised earmarks in 2009: “Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination.”
  • Obama offered to work on malpractice and tort reform, which Woodward referred to as a Lucy-with-the-football moment.  Obama keeps endorsing the idea publicly in concept, but refusing to endorse any actual reform proposals.  The CBO calculated that tort reform of the type imposed in California could save $110 billion over the next decade in the health care industry, with $54 billion in savings for the federal government.

There’s more, so be sure to read it all.  Be sure to also read Kevin McCullough’s choices for the best, worst, most surprising, and most lame moments of the speech.


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Color the AP … unimpressed.

But….but…..his color!

Bob Woodward just said Paul Ryan was extremely intelligent, articulate, factually correct, a shining politician – but when he’s on “you want to see what else is on TV”. No Black Jesus and greek columns, he.

Marcus on January 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM

But 92% agree with Obama-CBS

artist on January 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I’ve listened to most all SOTU addresses since Jimmah. This is easily the worst one ever. We’re facing massive deficits, there’s talk of states going bankrupt (never heard that before) and yet Dear Liar wants to spend money on high speed rail? The high speed rail trains in Japan are not fully used.

rbj on January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

New AP headline: Media shoots down Obama’s speech!

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Muslims have five pillars and so does Barry. Just saying.

UnEasyRider on January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

But according to CBSNBCABCCNNMSNBC, 187% of Americans loved his speech!

JammieWearingFool on January 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Most lame moment of the speech–the speech
The worst part–it was longer than a ‘moment’.
The best part–identifying the sycophants in A-kisser Alley
The most surprising part–I musta missed it.

cartooner on January 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Lemme get this straight. We’re going to freeze spending by pursuing massive spending increases. Gotcha.

tommyboy on January 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

When you lost the AP…

mizflame98 on January 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Sily folks at AP.They don’t know the dfference between investing and spending.
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katy the mean old lady on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I have a question for everyone regarding another “fact” that doesn’t add up.

Last night, the President mentioned that by freezing “non security” spending for 5 years, it would save us about $400 billion over 10 years.

However, just a few hours before the speech began the White House announced that a five year freeze would net us a savings of only $26 billion over 5 years.

Is the President, in his remarks, including the shaving of $78 billion from defense spending that Gates proposed into his equation? Are the savings from the freeze, over a decade, primarily to be found in the 2nd half of the decade?

I just dont see how the President can make one statement about a savings of $400 billion when his own administration said the savings is more along the lines of $374 billion LESS.

Please advise.

Indy82 on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Math is hard

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Left Wing math has not added up since FDR……all of a sudden a few in the media are going to worry about it now?

sbark on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

AP didn’t watch tingles last night….

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Calvin Woodward is AP’s only Obama critic. Look up his work. He’s the only AP writer not on the Obama train.

April 2009 FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape

“That wasn’t me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was him — and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years — who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2009/04/29/aps-calvin-woodward-puts-out-astonishing-fact-check-obama#ixzz1C9MdSUcH

kevinkristy on January 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

katy the mean old lady on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

When I get off work this afternoon, I plan to invest in a six-pack.

petefrt on January 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM

AP: (shoulders hurting from carrying so much water for Prez Cool) wtf… let’s just do our job now… it’s easier.

silverfox on January 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

When Obama says we subsidize the oil companies, is he suggesting that we don’t tax them enough or do we give them subsidies like farmers?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvrb7YqdvxE

Another lil problem the AP might want to look into…

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I was driving last night and heard the part about earmarks. I’m sorry but that man is Captain Bull Sh**.
Earmarks? One would think that if he’s going to lie he would at least attempt to make them somewhat believeable. All but the most left know that Obama has spent more than imaginable and the earmarks are clearly visible to all but the most blinded by ideology.
He has been singing this tune for years. Captain Bull Sh**.
Audacity has never been such an accurate discription.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

It adds up if you adjust it by minus 3000 percent.

Shy Guy on January 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM

1. Crippling national debt
2. Trains
3. ???
4. A new era of prosperity!!!

Cicero43 on January 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Calvin Woodward notes that one proposal for an increase in tax receipts, a tax hike on oil companies, didn’t fly even when Democrats controlled Congress.
Didn’t he also call for corporate tax reform? I’ll bet the worst moments outnumber the best moments in this speech.

Kissmygrits on January 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

They’ll ignore it. The only way I can figure out it will not be ignored is if the TP can come up with a popular personality obviously not born in the US.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

That photo illustrates one of the big reasons why I cannot watch Obama. He gets this look at me, I’m so wonderful and mesmerizing, ‘can’t you just feel my magic’ looks and poses. I just want to reach out and shake him into some kind of reality. Do you wonder if he doesn’t know why half the country passionately dislikes him or if he knows and doesn’t care.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Obama & crew are going to see how far they can go with Potemkin Village triangulation before they even think about doing anything tangible. In their minds, if Obama can BS the moderates back onto his side just by throwing out a few buzz words about fiscal responsibility, while most of the big media gushes about his new tone and sensible proposals, he’s not going to have to bother with actually having to support anything that would truly tick off his far left base (which is in his own way what Clinton did 16 years ago — he didn’t sign welfare reform until the summer of ’96, after Dick Morris told him he needed to do it to make sure the swing voters would come back to his side).

jon1979 on January 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other.

petefrt on January 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

It’s really quite simple. The spending freeze will save lots of money, right? And what better way to use those new savings than to “invest” in new projects? Or even some of those that may have been affected by the spending freeze…

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BlueCollarAstronaut on January 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

If he isn’t burning massive amounts of money, he feels impotent. These pretentious guys and gals seem to get power rushes from the spending. Cutting, freezing, controlling expenditure of government makes them feel small, slighted..like we’re telling them what to do and they don’t like it at all. The schizo tone of Obama’s speech clearly tells us how defiant he actually is. He will not bend, no siree, Bob.

RepubChica on January 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Their problem is that Drudge put this up on top of his page; with 25 million unique visits to his site daily, this will spread.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

1. Crippling national debt
2. Trains
3. ???
4. A new era of prosperity!!!

Cicero43 on January 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Joe Biden seems almost prescient now…

BlueCollarAstronaut on January 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Obama argued that his new health-care plan lowers the deficit, and that repealing it would add “a quarter of a trillion dollars” to it. Woodward points out that this argument depends on deep cuts to Medicare payments to doctors, which Obama and his fellow Democrats later reversed, at least for now. It’s also worth noting that the reason it works on paper is because it hikes taxes more than it cuts spending.

so does it depend on the doc fix, which was never part of health care reform anyway, or on tax increases? which is it, superblogger?

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I have been wondering what kind of returns we’ve been getting on our past “investments”. AmTrak has been so successful that we’re ready to get into ‘high speed’ rail. Since we own GM and the Volt is such a hot ticket we’re going to ‘invest’ in electric ‘low speed’ cars. Oh yeah, and the roads to drive ‘em on. We must be making a killing on those investments! Let’s not forget education investments, they’ve been paying huge dividends for decades so let’s partner with states and invest in teacher pension funds! The returns on that should be enough to fix social security so we all can retire!

cartooner on January 26, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Well,at least I had an enjoyable evening watching a great basketball game :) Go Bucks

ohiobabe on January 26, 2011 at 9:20 AM

When you are spending 60% more money than you take in tax revenue, freezing the spending level for five years is not an example of fiscal responsibility. It is institutionalizing irresponsibility. Walk into a real bank and ask for a loan based on a business plan like that. No wonder our credit rating is in danger.

KW64 on January 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

If you give this man long enough to talk, eventually he will contradict himself into a corner.

Of course, he excels at talking out both sides of his mouth so whoever might be listening likes what he/she hears.

Cheesecakecrush on January 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Look what happens when that is the subject on HA. Those who see this as a huge problem are not exactly respected.
There is no surprise there is no record. If there was one it would have been produced by now. Obama’s team gets out of it by making it into a crackpot issue. They’ll continue because it works.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Lemme get this straight. We’re going to freeze spending by pursuing massive spending increases INVESTMENTS!! Gotcha.

tommyboy on January 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

It’s all about the messaging.

BigWyo on January 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Agreed… Thank God there are people like Matt Drudge who don’t follow trends, but go with their gut instincts.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Way back before he was elected(remember those good days?)we used to hear stories now and then that hinted that he and Michelle were not very good money managers. Nothing concrete, but vague remarks along the lines of running out of cash and having to postpone bill paying etc etc so they knew how it was to be running short. This guy is a bad news bear, he was , is and always will be. The thing is why so many can’t see what is as clear as glass.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I think this Dumbo should be forced to talk without his favorite teleprompter. Then we would get the truth…after about a thousand “uhs” that is.

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I’m pretty sure fact checking is racist. Also, actual numbers are irrelevant, if you add the word ‘free’ before every item then it can be discarded from the budget.

Free high speed rail
Free super fast Interwebs
Free healthcare
Free cookies

As an added bonus, the money saved on those items can be spent elsewhere. Government economics is easy.

mudskipper on January 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Little will be remembered, and even less was truthful. Isn’t that the basic Obama problem?

tarpon on January 26, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Indy82 on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Stop with your questions already. 92% of all Americans liked the speech.

antisocial on January 26, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Obama offered to work on malpractice and tort reform, which Woodward referred to as a Lucy-with-the-football moment. Obama keeps endorsing the idea publicly in concept, but refusing to endorse any actual reform proposals. The CBO calculated that tort reform of the type imposed in California could save $110 billion over the next decade in the health care industry, with $54 billion in savings for the federal government.

Freedom From Unnecessary Litigation Act provides a dollar-for-dollar tax credit that permits consumers to purchase “negative outcomes” insurance prior to undergoing surgery or other serious medical treatments. Negative outcomes insurance is a novel approach that guarantees those harmed receive fair compensation, while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system. Patients receive this insurance payout without having to endure lengthy lawsuits, and without having to give away a large portion of their award to a trial lawyer. This also drastically reduces the costs imposed on physicians and hospitals by malpractice litigation. Under the Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act, individuals who pay taxes can purchase negative outcomes insurance at essentially no cost.

Rae on January 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM

When you lost the AP…

mizflame98 on January 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I wish. This morning they had an AP blurb about the SOTU speech accompanied by a picture. Of Biden and Boehner giving Obama a standing ovation. Puhlease! I watched the whole nauseating show and even Biden rarely stood up.

mrsmwp on January 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM

BlueCollarAstronaut on January 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Yep, and the freeze protects all his spending hikes of the past two years. ObamaSpeak.

petefrt on January 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Of course it adds up! Look here:

Nothing + nothing = (2)nothing = nothing

Simple as A-B-C. Any algebra teacher can tell you as much.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvrb7YqdvxE

Another lil problem the AP might want to look into…

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Ruh roh!

This too: Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law

petefrt on January 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Does the administration have the Chinese translation of the 1931 hit song ready to play for the next state visit?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Drained Brain on January 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

It’s all part of the myth. The guy is the myth.
It is scary. The list of stories not reported or investigated on the two in the WH could not be longer.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Rae on January 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM

That sounds really interesting. Of course, since the dirty trial lawyers are being cut out they will rally their powerful lobby against it.

mrsmwp on January 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

That sounds really interesting. Of course, since the dirty trial lawyers are being cut out they will rally their powerful lobby against it.

mrsmwp on January 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Yep, the long overdue battle with trial lawyers is coming; hopefully.. Let the entire country see these maggots for what they really are.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Is that the best you’ve got? Any rational person understands it took both to work. But none of us ever took you for being rational.

chemman on January 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM

New AP headline: Media shoots down Obama’s speech!

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Unexpectedly.

Vince on January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

so does it depend on the doc fix, which was never part of health care reform anyway, or on tax increases? which is it, superblogger?

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

The doc fix was part of the health care bill but they choose to address it separately so the cost wouldn’t be added to the CBO numbers.

Anyway, you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. You might as well just be a spambot.

darwin on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

so does it depend on the doc fix, which was never part of health care reform anyway, or on tax increases? which is it, superblogger?

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Uh…. The “superblogger” was quoting the AP, superdumbazz.

Vince on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

What happened to “Pay-Go”???????

…and as usual,the War in Afghanistan was nothing more than an afterthought to the President and his friends in the MSM.

Here are some other gems from the AP on Obama’s blatant spin and deceit from the past.


FACT CHECK: Obama and a toothless commission

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer Thu Jan 28, 3:12 am ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_fact_check/print

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.”

…Obama basically gave nothing but lip service to this waste of time and tax payer money….

OBAMA: Discussing his health care initiative, he said, “Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan.”

…God did this turn out to be absolute bullSh!t…

Woodward:


But Obama can’t guarantee people won’t see higher rates or fewer benefits in their existing plans. Because of elements such as new taxes on insurance companies, insurers could change what they offer or how much it costs.

Over 200 waivers,massive hit to the deficit,massive tax increases, and substantial premium increases certainly was not what Obama was promising.

…Typical smoke and mirrors spin coming from Mr. “open and honest government”.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

What happened to “Pay-Go”???????

…and as usual,the War in Afghanistan was nothing more than an afterthought to the President and his friends in the MSM.

Here are some other gems from the AP on Obama’s blatant spin and deceit from the past.


FACT CHECK: Obama and a toothless commission

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer Thu Jan 28, 3:12 am ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_fact_check/print

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.”

…Obama basically gave nothing but lip service to this waste of time and tax payer money….

OBAMA: Discussing his health care initiative, he said, “Our approach would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan.”

…God did this turn out to be absolute bullSh!t…

Woodward:


But Obama can’t guarantee people won’t see higher rates or fewer benefits in their existing plans. Because of elements such as new taxes on insurance companies, insurers could change what they offer or how much it costs.

….. Over 200 waivers,massive hit to the deficit,massive tax increases, and substantial premium increases certainly was not what Obama was promising.

…Typical smoke and mirrors spin coming from Mr. “open and honest government”.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Sorry about the double post.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Obama is a two legged myth. There is no substance to the man and apparently there has never been. We, here at HA, go on about Romney being a shift with the winds political animal(he is), but the real poster boy sits in the Oval Office. Obama has never met a conviction he liked, an opinion that couldn’t be changed, a political opportunity he couldn’t exploit or a principle he wasn’t willing to toss aside. He is a hollow man who gives pragmatism a whole new meaning. I guess it’s pretty clear how much I dislike and dis-respect him isn’t it.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM

We haven’t often seen a President aspire to rise to a level of incompetent and struggle to get there.

He offered not much of anything to anybody, this was the Reaganesqe speech he and his writer were crowing about?
They may want to get the pie server ready, that bird’s nearly done.

Speakup on January 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

The smoked salmon didn’t get cheesiest line???

di butler on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

AP fact-check says Obama SOTU doesn’t add up

Gee, who’d have guessed. Cause Obama’s been so good with deficits and math before now.

BTW, I’ve reached a grim milestone. I’m very behind tort reform, but when I see it will save 110 billion, I think to myself, oh, is that all? We must be pretty boned if saving 100 BILLION no longer impresses. Probably because I realize that as incomprehensible a number that is, it’s not even REMOTELY enough.

Vyce on January 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM

The smoked salmon didn’t get cheesiest line???

di butler on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Fox’n'Friends this morning gave it cricket chirps. Funny.

petefrt on January 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I thought the smoked salmon line was funny. But because I live in the people’s republic of Portland.
He clearly doesn’t understand that his most adoring fans would rather kill a baby than smoke a salmon.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I’ve listened to most all SOTU addresses since Jimmah. This is easily the worst one ever. We’re facing massive deficits, there’s talk of states going bankrupt (never heard that before) and yet Dear Liar wants to spend money on high speed rail? The high speed rail trains in Japan are not fully used.

rbj on January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Moreover, places that have bullet trains, like Japan and France, have a much higher population density. This is what annoys me when statists want to import some idea or technology from Japan or Europe, or credit government intervention for the instances where Europe or Japan are ahead of us technologically. If you want to start a new technology, or move people from place to place, it’s buttloads cheaper when your potential customer base all live close together.

About 13 million people live in the 844.4 square miles of Tokyo. In contrast, about five million live in the 14126 square miles of the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Not hard to see which city is going to have less need of hardware to support more users.

Sekhmet on January 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The CBS poll showing 92% approved of Obama’s speech was a total sellout like Immelt’s sellout to get billions for his sellout by GE for NBC/MSNBC. The MSM is not even trying to hide that their propaganda machines are for hire. Transparency in business is brutal when the doubts of their intentions are so vividly revealed. First the MSM, next the internet. Its how every socialist dictator has ever gained control. Free people must have their freedom taken from them as they will never relinquish it willingly. History just repeaating itself.

volsense on January 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Uh…. The “superblogger” was quoting the AP, superdumbazz.

Vince on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

superblogger misquoted the article, which noted that medicare costs are difficult to cut, and used the example of the doc fix, but that was not part of the bill. instead, ed [applause] morrissey wrote that “Woodward points out that this argument depends on deep cuts to Medicare payments to doctors,” which is untrue. ed then added that “the reason it works on paper is because it hikes taxes more than it cuts spending,” which is his own analysis, and contradicts his statement in the previous sentence that the doc fix is the key to deficit reduction.

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Yep, the long overdue battle with trial lawyers is coming; hopefully.. Let the entire country see these maggots for what they really are.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The congressional hearing on Pigford will shine a little more light on the scummy lawyer cabal.

slickwillie2001 on January 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

sesquipedalian on January 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Me hopes that superblogger throws your a*s out of here. Moron.

Keemo on January 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM

That sounds really interesting. Of course, since the dirty trial lawyers are being cut out they will rally their powerful lobby against it.

mrsmwp on January 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I asked Dr. Rich at Covert Rationing Blog what he thought about it, and he said (paraphrased) it sounds great, but the govt would never allow it because it puts too much control in the hands of the patients and doctors. (That guy’s snark it delightful!)

Rae on January 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM

AP Reports That Sheep Are Still Sheep…

Or at least 92% of them.

When will the sheep learn that it doesn’t matter what song the shepherd sings to them on the way to the shearing station?

People “liked” the speech?

So what? When has BHO not SAID what he thought people wanted to HEAR (regardless of what he might have said on the same subject previously, or done, or how he might have voted on an identical proposal)?

I suggest that what the man does is far more important than what he says.

Fact check? The “fact” is this man will say anything.

So the lambs liked the tune. Let’s hope they feel the same way about the shearing that’s coming.

IndieDogg on January 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Obama’s inconsistencies and slights of hand are standard for this administration. What I found unusual is that the AP noticed, a positive development.

burt on January 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Anyone who wishes to see what Obama is about politically can peruse his rotten books he has written and check out who Obama (Barry Sotero) associated with (Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, etc.). This is PROOF POSITIVE that Obama is a socialist, if not an unrepentant communist.

From time to time recently we have heard that so-and-so BELIEVE??? that Obama was born in Hawaii. WE DO NOT NEED OBAMA’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO KNOW THAT OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. Obama’s father WAS NOT a citizen of the United States; therefore, OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. The propaganda from Hawaii’s governor and recently from others is an attempt to end the debate. But like the Tea Party, the “Birthers” will not cease and desist from insisting that Obama be removed for failure to qualify according to our Constitution.

What is incredible is that ALL of those who have uttered that Obama is qualified have been sworn to uphold the Constitution. Like the vial and corrupt Nixon, Obama should be removed immediately.

AdrianS on January 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM

WTF… no cheerleaders shoot’n “together we thrive” Tee shirts into the crowd.

roflmao

donabernathy on January 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Lemme get this straight. We’re going to freeze spending by pursuing massive spending increases. Gotcha.

tommyboy on January 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Communist math. Much the same as how we’re going to get ourselves out of debt by borrowing more from China and going further into debt.

Dominion on January 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Rush is right on.
Obama counts on people being stupid and the media backing him up.

ORconservative on January 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM

SOTU Word Cloud

Ugly on January 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Uh oh… that means the AP is now a shill for the Tea Party. BOYCOTT!
/The Left

stevezilla on January 26, 2011 at 2:13 PM

His most hypocritical: “Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today.”

“we passed” kicking and screaming, like gored bulls…what an oaf.

Plus, he knows absolutely nothing about flight. He should stay away from that subject altogether.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Obama argued that his new health-care plan lowers the deficit, and that repealing it would add “a quarter of a trillion dollars” to it. Woodward points out that this argument depends on deep cuts to Medicare payments to doctors, which Obama and his fellow Democrats later reversed, at least for now.

Woodward pointed out that the Medicare funding cuts would be $19 billion the first year. Inflate that at 3% over 10 years, and the total is about $218 billion, not far from the “quarter trillion dollars” Obama claims to cut from the deficits.

This is the new Robin Hood, or Robama Hood. Take from the old and sickly to give to the young and healthy. Give Grandma a pain killer and put her out of her misery.

If the AP thinks the numbers don’t add up, Obama is in big trouble. Or will Obama say that the AP isn’t really a news organization like Fox News?

Steve Z on January 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM

AP will be sounding like MSNBC before the next election so enjoy while you have it, kids.

Speaking of the Moronic, Stupid, Never Becomes Coherent network, “Morning Joe” was full of hopeful analysis. They couldn’t even critique the MOON SHOT allusion. What is that?

The next politician who talks about “Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon” and how we got it done as cogent argument to prove we can accomplish their grand goals should be shot into space. And then left to figure out his own way back.Straightening out our economy and educational systems are a lot different than pulling together existing technology for application and refinement the way the gov’t did in the 1960′s.

I watched part of the speech and actually found it amusing.

DOES THAT GUY MEAN TO BE AS FUNNY AS HIS CHICAGO BEARS?

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Ok is a lot different. Sorry.

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM