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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fact Check Calls Barack Obama Out On More Social Security Lies

Barack Obama is keeping those researchers over at Fact Check .org pretty busy lately and yesterday they called him out on falsehoods and "rank misrepresentation", in a piece they called "Scaring Seniors" and today they say "Obama personally fed senior citizens another whopper," on Saturday.


In Daytona Beach, Obama said that "if my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would've had their Social Security tied up in the stock market this week." He referred to "elderly women" at risk of poverty, and said families would be scrambling to support "grandmothers and grandfathers."

That's not true. The plan proposed by President Bush and supported by McCain in 2005 would not have allowed anyone born before 1950 to invest any part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts. All current retirees would be covered by the same benefits they are now.

Obama would have been correct to say that many workers under age 58 would have had some portion of their Social Security benefits affected by the current market turmoil – if they had chosen to participate. And market drops would be a worry for those who retire in future decades. But current retirees would not have been affected.

They use words like "highly distorted", "whopper", all making it clear that Obama is directly, deliberately, lying to the elderly to confuse them.

Read the whole thing...