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Obama may be an eloquent speaker, but he also needs to double-check the facts before he goes

June 26, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama, unofficially the Democratic Party's nominee for president, has wasted no time in stretching the truth.

As it became apparent that he will face Sen. John McCain in the November election, Obama launched an assault on the Republican standard-bearer's platform. "It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs," Obama said of McCain.

McCain and President Bush differ greatly on some matters involving the economy. For one thing, McCain wants more restraint on federal spending. That is something about which Obama, who proposes gigantic tax increases and big growth in government, may prefer not to talk.

But what about jobs? When Bush entered office, an economic downturn begun during President Bill Clinton's term was hitting Americans hard. At one point, early in Bush's term, in April 2002, the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. This April, in part because of tax cuts promoted by Bush, the rate was down to 5 percent.

That's progress, though Obama is not likely to point it out. Nor should you expect him to discuss the job-killing effect his tax increases would have on the economy.



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