ThinkProgress rounds them up:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

• The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

• Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

• The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

• Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

• For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

• Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

• 2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

• “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

• Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

• Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

• The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

• One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

• 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

• In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

• 50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

• More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

• Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

Which is it, Mitt?

A Facebook friend pointed out:

Now, this IS funny! I saw two article headlines side by side on msnbc this morning. The first one read, “Romney on State of the Union: Obama ‘adopted a lot of thoughts’ from my campaign”, and the one immediately following was, “Romney attacks Obama’s ‘fantasyland’, ‘detachment’ from reality”.

Srsly?  I had to look it up, and he’s right!

Romney on State of the Union: Obama ‘adopted a lot of thoughts’ from my campaign [video, no transcript]

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams after the State of the Union, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called some of President Obama’s ideas “interesting” but his praise stopped there. 

Obama detached from reality: Romney [video with transcript]

Mitt Romney hitting US President Barack Obama on his State of the Union address: "he was speaking in Fantasy Land again last night. He seemed so extraordinarily detached from reality."

So which is it, Mitt?

So, the president is a citizen, and most of the claims to say that he’s not are made up.  Which leads me to ask: what could possibly motivate people to make up stories about Obama’s illegitimacy?*

Truth-O-Meter items

We’ve published 18 Truth-O-Meter items on various claims about the birth certificate and collected them on this page. It’s worth noting that we’ve found most of the claims to be False or Pants on Fire.

Some of the significant ones:

Donald Trump earned a False for his claim that Obama’s grandmother said he was born in Kenya.

Donald Trump earned a Pants on Fire for his claim that classmates did not remember Obama.

A Texas state legislator earned a False for saying Hawaii’s governor can’t find anything that says Obama was born there.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for a claim that Obama’s college transcript indicates he was an Indonesian citizen.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for saying that Obama’s middle name is Muhammed.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for saying that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had agreed to hear a case about whether Obama is eligible to be president.


Is the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional? Greg Magarian, 5-Feb-2012

The Obama Administration’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has sparked political controversy at every stage of its consideration. Now the Supreme Court is preparing to decide whether or not the Act violates the U.S. Constitution. In particular, legal challengers argue that the Act’s “individual mandate” – its requirement that all U.S. citizens purchase health care coverage from private insurance companies – encroaches on the powers that the Constitution reserves to the states. The challenge has divided the federal courts. This talk will introduce the key constitutional concepts that frame the debate, evaluate their application to the health care controversy, and suggest how the Supreme Court may ultimately resolve the challenge. 

Greg Magarian is Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches and writes about constitutional law, with special emphasis on the First Amendment rights relating to freedom of expression, law and religion, and the law of politics. He has published widely and made numerous scholarly presentations in the United States and abroad. Professor Magarian received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D., as well as a master’s degree in public policy, from the University of Michigan, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He served as a judicial clerk for Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

[Note: he erroneously refers to Medicaid as Medicare in much of this talk.]

Yeah, I know I already posted this link, but I’m posting it again, because THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME! In the second video on the page, Melissa talks about how any organization that receives federal HUD money is prohibited from (trans)gender-based discrimination, even if their bigoted religion tells them to. Score one for the genderqueer atheist team!

Progress Made by President Barack Obama and His Administration:

  • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs
  • The Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport without surgery, making the process less burdensome for transgender people
  • President Obama signed the Byrd-Shepard hate crimes bill
  • President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • President Obama appointed the first transgender DNC member, Diego Sanchez
  • President Obama conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAGE
  • The Social Security Administration stopped it’s no-match letter policy
  • President Obama banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the federal government
  • HUD issued housing nondiscrimination regulations [with NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION]


Other white people:

If you refer to voting in this election as having to choose the “lesser of two evils”

You are calling Barack Obama evil.

I repeat:

You are calling a BLACK MAN evil.

And in this country, you can’t call black people evil as a white person without showing your inherent racism and complicity with the system that has been in place since this country’s beginning that demonizes black people for everything they do, gives them no justice and slaughters them without mercy. It assumes automatic guilt and yes, evil on the part of black people.

If you’re white and call Barack Obama evil, you’re a racist.

Have a nice day.

I just- what? Are you 12? Do you have no concept or experience of history? (Are you a troll trying to make the rest of us look like fools?)

People have been saying that elections are a choice for the lesser of two evils for decades before a person of color was allowed anywhere near the White House.

If the racial implications of an act can be informed by its historical baggage, then the not-racism of an act can be informed by that same history. (Unless the act is explicitly being retasked as racist, and in this case it’s not, since it’s being applied across color lines.)

Please, there’s plenty of racism (against the Obama family even) happening on a daily basis even before we start making shit up.