The lies were flying fast at the CNN Arizona Republican debate, but here are the top seven untrue statements that must be debunked.
1). Lie: Rick Santorum claims Obamacare adds to the deficit.
The Facts: The CBO has found that Obamacare will reduce the deficit by $143 billion. The truth that the Republican candidates won’t tell you is that repealing Obamacare would add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021, so much for fiscal conservatism.
2). Lie: Mitt Romney claims government employees earn more than private sector workers.
The Facts: A paper by Rutgers University professor Jeffrey Keefe found that, “Private-sector workers earned average annual wages of $55,132, $6,061 greater than the $49,072 earned by public-sector workers. When looking at total compensation including employer-provided benefits, this gap narrowed but the private-sector workers still earned $2,001 more per year than public sector workers ($71,109 in total compensation, versus $69,108). This gap was especially large among more educated workers. College-educated workers on averages earned $22,966 less in total compensation.”
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