Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lies, Damned Lies, and the SOTU Address

President Obama really hit some new lows with his 2012 State of the Union Address.

Not only was it  the lowest rated of his presidency, down 12 percent from last year’s speech, but event the AP could not let slide some of the major lies uttered during his speech.  The 'fact check' article basically called him a liar.

Some of the statements are pure drivel.

Obama said "We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000".

What the heck does this mean?  Not much, if you break down the numbers.  Let's assume the class has 25 students and they work for 40 years. This means that they experience an extra $250 in annual income due to this supposed 'good teacher'.   How is it possible to calculate this or even notice it in peoples incomes? It is absurd to think that a study could track all the variables that affect lifetime incomes and pull out a correlation that is measured at .5 percent.  (That's one half of one percent)  Obama takes this very dubious number and then multiplies it over an entire lifetime to be able to present this idiotic factoid.

Obama said: "I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration.  That’s why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever before.  That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. "

The fact is that illegal border crossings are highly correlated to the health of the economy.  When there are lots of jobs here we get a lot of illegals looking to enter. When the economy is in the dumpster, we get fewer illegal crossings.  So what Obama is really saying is that he has damaged the economy so severely that even Mexicans don't want to move here anymore.

Obama said: "I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your coverage, or charge women differently than men. "

This is truly an amazing statement in terms of pure ignorance and mendacity.  Insurance is subject to the terms of the contract you signed. The implication here is that insurance companies were somehow running amok, not living up to the terms of the contracts.   Then he lumps in the idea that women are charged differently than men as if the evil insurance companies are screwing women.  The fact is that women often get charged LOWER rates than men.   For identical life insurance policies, women pay 1/3 less than a man.  Is Obama really advocating that insurance companies raise rates on women?

Full text of the address is here:

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