October 4, 2012
Heritage Foundation policy experts have been busy analyzing last night’s presidential candidates’ debate and exposing liberal myths.
The President argued, for instance, that “over the last 30 months we’ve seen 5 million jobs created.” Heritage’s Lachlan Markay clarifies this claim:
While [The President's statement] is true, the president’s choice of the “30 months” time frame was deliberately chosen so that he could tout the largest number of jobs created.
If measured from February 2009, the month Obama took office, the American economy has only created about 316,000 jobs.
President Obama also cited a study–previously debunked by Heritage polity experts–analyzing Gov. Mitt Romney’s tax plan. The report, produced by the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, had significant flaws and oversights in the assumptions they made about Romney’s proposal. Markay explains:
In this TPC report, the authors’ choices and assumptions lead them to a carefully chosen result that is misleading and biased. This hinders the debate on tax reform because lawmakers and the public need accurate information to make good decisions. [ . . . ] To provide a more thorough analysis of Governor Romney’s plan, the authors should show other ways to frame their analysis—including one that fully captures all of the plan’s aims—to give a more detailed account of the issues his plan presents. They should also show the various ways that his plan could be revenue and distributionally neutral. Using dynamic analysis to evaluate the plan would further inform the public about the Romney plan because it would show its benefits, not just its costs.
What do you think about last night’s debate?