Mitch Daniels Lies "Pants on Fire" in SOTU Rebuttal

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Showing some of that creative accounting work you so loved at the OMB? Poltifact (yea, I know) crunches the numbers and decides-

Mitch Daniels says 'nearly half of all persons under 30 did not go to work today'

We suppose in a narrow sense, Daniels has a point that "nearly half of all persons under 30 did not go to work today." But that’s because the number includes many people who have no desire to work -- for instance, full-time high school or college students, stay-at-home parents or others who are unable to work.

We can understand the concern about the nation’s current high level of unemployment, particularly among youth. Americans age 16 to 19 have an unemployment rate of 23.1 percent, and those who are 20 to 24 have a rate of 14.4 percent -- both well above the 8.5 percent for all age groups, which is itself elevated from historical averages.

Still, the statistic Daniels chose to document this one is a wildly misleading one. We rate it Pants on Fire.

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  • Jim

    And how about Obama's "Pants on fire" statement about millionaires paying less tax than their secretaries? The secretary may pay thousands of dollars in taxes, but their millionaire bosses pay millions (e.g. thousands of thousands) of dollars in taxes, yet Obama portrays it as the boss pays less. He leaves it to his press secretary and campaign staff to tell you that he really is talking about tax rates.

    Meanwhile, he continues in his stump speeches to ingrain it in everyone's mind that the boss pays less than the common worker, implying actual dollars and not a percentage.