Today I start a weekly (or almost weekly) series on truth in politics, which many commenters on this blog have noted is an oxymoron. FactCheck.org states the following:
Thomas Hobbes' oft-cited phrase from 1651, "nasty, brutish and short," does not describe the 2012 presidential campaign — unfortunately. The contest so far has been nasty all right, and disregard for the truth has been brutish on both sides, in our judgment. But alas, it won't be over until Nov. 6.
Well, at least those of us who really are concerned with the truth, even in politics, can investigate and attempt to separate what is true from so much outright falsehood currently being thrown around in our campaign discourse.
From now until the election in November, every Tuesday (or almost every Tuesday) I will highlight claims from both sides being made in the campaign and will link to a political fact checking site for analysis.
Today's analysis comes from FactCheck.org. The first one concerns Governor Romney's "impossible tax promise."
Tax experts — including one who supports Romney's plan — say the Republican presidential candidate's promise to cut individual income tax rates without either favoring the wealthy or losing revenue isn't mathematically possible.
The second concerns the Obama campaign's "falsifying of Romney's abortion stance, again."
The Obama campaign is out with another ad making the false claim that Mitt Romney "backed a bill that outlaws all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest." Romney's consistent position through this campaign, and the last, and as far back as 2005, is that he opposes abortion except in cases when the life of the mother is in danger, and in cases of rape and incest.
May the truth prevail.