Date: July 19th 2011

Conservative Resources by J.P. Travis at

Lie like a rug – American politics in the 21st century

Last Friday, President Obama was frustrated with Republicans about the impasse over the debt limit, so he peevishly cancelled a negotiating session and held a press conference instead. In that press conference, he made the following statement about how the American public wants the federal government's budget problems solved:
"You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically."
That statement, which formed the crux of the whole press conference, is a lie. What's more, it's not a debatable point, or a "mistake," or a matter of interpretation, or a difference of opinion. It was a lie. Most Americans, in fact, would prefer that taxes remain at their current level while the government concentrates on getting spending under control. Poll after poll verifies this, including the latest national poll on the topic, from Gallup, which is the one the president was misrepresenting on Friday...

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