Politicians lie. It’s just what they do. And PolitiFact tries its best to point out when a politician is lying. This year PolitiFact asked it’s readers to vote on the biggest political lies of 2010. Here are the results.
8.) Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security
Who said it: Florida Democratic Party and others
7.) “Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world.”
Who said it: Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others
6.) “Taliban Dan” Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands
Who said it: Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.
5.) The ethics report “exonerates me.”
Who said it: Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
4.) “Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats’ plan.”
Who said it: Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others.
3.) “The stimulus has not created one private sector job.”
Who said it: Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla., and others.
2.) “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.”
Who said it: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
1.) ObamaCare is a “government takeover” of health care
Who said it: Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch, R-Wis.; and others.
What do you think of this list? I think it’s missing some big political lies, you know, like Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch” fib.
The number one lie is actually that candidates are looking out for anyone other than themselves and that they are somehow different from the other candidates and the people who are already in office.
Number one on the list is not technically a lie. I submit that the number one lie occurred when the president was addressing the country in the state of the union speech, and started talking about how we need to end corruption, the influence of lobbyists, and backroom deals. All of this a week or two after he made a behind closed doors deal with union auto workers, exempting them from the government takeover of healthcare, in order to keep their future votes. Disgusting.