Which of these statements will be named PolitiFact’s 2010 Lie of the Year?

Question by Flywheel: Which of these statements will be named PolitiFact’s 2010 Lie of the Year?
And why do you think it will/should win?

“The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $ 200 million a day.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

ObamaCare is a “government takeover” of health care. — Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Wisconsin Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch; and others

“Taliban Dan” Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands. — Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.

“The stimulus has not created one private sector job.” — Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla., and others

“Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats’ plan.” — Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others

“Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world.” — Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others

The ethics report “exonerates me.” — Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. — Florida Democratic Party and other Democratic candidates

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/dec/06/finalists-lie-year/

Best answer:

Answer by Bob P
“The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $ 200 million a day.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

She said it live on CNN and it was repeated on Fox. It gets my vote for big lie of the year.

The following is not a lie. Republican candidates voiced support for privatizing Social Security.
Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. — Florida Democratic Party and other Democratic candidates

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/24-9

http://www.libertarianrepublican.net/2010/08/yes-democrats-we-republicans-actually.html

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One thought on “Which of these statements will be named PolitiFact’s 2010 Lie of the Year?”

  1. Well, it’s not that last one—the Republicans DO want to get their greedy little mismanaging hands on Social Security (a system that has worked for more than 75 years now) and “privatize” (corporate RAID is more likely) the system. That’s true, although in the mid-term campaigns they softened the words to “rework Social Security” to avoid scaring seniors and the disabled and con their way into office.

    The Rep. Charlie Rangel thing—not a serious lie, per se, but more an old-timer unwilling to accept that the ol’ boy ways are not up to ethical standards (which was a lesson brought home to him when he was publicly Censored on the House floor by the bipartisan Ethics Committee.

    All the crappola about President Obama being a “tyrant” and “Hitler” and a “terrorist sympathizer” and a “racist”—that whole spiel or schtick should be included, in my opinion. The others named above are all lies, any one of which would qualify, but why not just name the SOURCE as ONE BIG LIE: Faux “news” and its affiliates (Brock, 2004).

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