Betty Sutton cleans up Jim Renacci’s numerous lies after their debate
When you debate someone like Jim Renacci, you’re bound to have to listen to skewed statistics from biased reports that are geared more towards advancing a cause than trying to find the truth.
Jim Renacci, didn’t disappoint and listening to his barrage was tiring and depressing. Probably one of the biggest examples of Mr. Renacci’s skewed facts was his lie that “$741 billion was gutted from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.” The telling of this lie actually forced the moderator to stop him and remind him that the statistic had been ruled by Politifact as “false.” It didn’t stop Mr. Renacci. He just kept on his merry way and stated that, because he felt it could be skewed as true, well then, it was.
Thankfully, Betty Sutton’s campaign sent a press release correcting this and many many other lies Jim Renacci told. Seriously, look at the following list, isn’t that just sad? This was a 60 minute debate and it looks like the only accurate thing Jim Renacci stated was his name.
”Fact Check on Congressman Renacci
FACT: Renacci sponsored a bill that called for permanent tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas to countries like China and India, even though Ohio has lost nearly one hundred thousand jobs to China since 2001. And he supports bad trade deals that send more American jobs overseas. [The Daily Record, 4/6/12; Renacci Press Release, 11/16/11; Economic Policy Institute, 3/12/10; HR 3079, Vote #782, 10/12/11; HR 3080, Vote #783, 10/12/11; HR 3078, Vote #781, 10/12/11]
FACT: Renacci wants to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and himself http://www.wksu.org/news/story/33319
FACT: How Does Renacci Cut the Budget? NPR http://www.wksu.org/news/story/33319
FACT: Renacci Voted for Sequestration http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll690.xml
FACT: PolitiFact--$700 Billion Cut to Medicare Lie Ruled “False.” On August 24, 2012 PolitiFact ruled on a Renacci claim attacking Betty Sutton for gutting Medicare by $741 billion to pay for Obamacare. “We have examined the claim that health care reform cuts Medicare by $500 billion on a number of occasions. The most recent was last May, when Renacci's campaign website said Sutton "gutted Medicare by $500 billion" to fund Obamacare. We rated that statement Mostly False.” The report continued, “First, Obamacare does not literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, spending will grow. But the health care law instituted a number of changes to slow the program’s future spending growth and try to contain future health care costs in the program. At the time the law was passed, those savings amounted to $500 billion over the next 10 years.” The report concluded: “The CBO determined in 2011 that the federal health care law would reduce Medicare outlays by $507 billion between 2012 and 2021. In its latest estimate released last month, the budget office looked at the years 2013 to 2022 and determined the health care law would reduce future Medicare spending by $716 billion. The $741 billion cited by the RNCC and Renacci includes that Medicare spending and money for other federal programs. So it is timing that's making the figures bigger, not changes to Medicare. The claim that Democrats support "gutting" Medicare is wrong -- program spending will still increase under Obamacare, but at a slower pace. There is an element of truth in Renacci’s claim. The health care law seeks to reduce future Medicare spending, and the tally of those cost reductions over the next 10 years is $716 billion. But describing those savings as cuts that gut Medicare suggests a slashing of programs that is not in the law. On the Truth-O-Meter, the claim rates Mostly False.” [PolitiFact, 8/24/12]
FACT: GOP, Boehner Influenced Ohio Redistricting to Benefit Renacci [Politico, 12/12/11]
FACT: Senate Republicans held middle-class tax cuts hostage in 111th Congress, so that they could protect tax cuts for the top income earners. According to CBS News, this vote was “largely symbolic, since the bill is unlikely to get the 60 votes it needs to break a GOP filibuster in the Senate.” [CBS News, 12/2/10]
FACT: Renacci corresponded with Republican insiders during redistricting process in spite of claims that he did not have personal contact with those who drew the maps behind closed doors.
Background on the CARS Act
FACT: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, Cash for Clunkers resulted in a $3.8 billion to $6.8 billion increase in GDP and over 60,000 jobs created or saved. The new vehicles obtained under the program were 58 percent more fuel efficient than the vehicles they replaced, with an average combined EPA rating of 24.9 miles per gallon, versus 15.8 MPG for the vehicles they replaced, reducing fuel consumption by 33 million gallons per year. [ABC News, 08/17/10]
Sutton Received Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association. “Rep. Betty Sutton received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association (OADA) for her dedication and commitment to creating and protecting the jobs of Ohio auto dealers and workers throughout the auto industry. The OADA advocates for and protects the interests of 900 dealerships throughout the state of Ohio. Rep. Sutton authored the successful CARS program, also known as `Cash for Clunkers', that put money directly in the hands of consumers, saved and created jobs in the auto and related industries and worked to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. The CARS program, signed into law on June 24, 2009, provided consumers with incentives to trade in an old vehicle for one with higher fuel efficiency, spurring the sale of approximately 700,000 vehicles nationwide. The program provided auto dealers with a lifeline to survive the greatest recession in decades.” [Press Release,4/19/10]
Sutton Named 2010 Automotive News ‘All-Star’. Sutton’s work on behalf of the automotive industry was recognized in 2010 as she was named one of the, “leaders who set the pace in tough times.” Sutton’s work was praised for, “moving many dealers -- both rejected and continuing -- into the category of survivors.” [Automotive News, 2010]
Sutton Was an Early Sponsor of a Bill Allowing Dealers to Win Back Their Stores after Being Terminated by Chrysler and GM. Sutton … was an early sponsor of the arbitration legislation that allowed some dealers to win back their stores after being terminated by Chrysler and GM. [Automotive News, 11/8/10]
Sutton Signed a Letter Appealing to GM to Delay Closing of 500 Dealerships. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives appealed to General Motors and the Obama Administration to put a temporary halt to GM's plan to close 500 dealers “pending the conclusion of a court challenge that three Ohio dealers have made to arbitrators' rulings that they indeed be closed as GM intended.” The average dealership employed as many as 50 employees. [Global Insight, 11/1/10; Environment and Energy Publishing, 10/29/10]
Sutton Praised by Ford’s President for the Americas. At an event in Ohio in which Ford announced the addition of a third shift to their Brook Park Engine Plant, Mark Fields, Ford’s President for the Americas, said: "Congresswoman Sutton has worked with us particularly during the most critical times to help find solutions to give our industry a needed boost." [05/01/12]
GM Would Likely Have Closed More Dealerships Without Government Assistance. “It is impossible to say which dealerships might have closed and which might have survived, General Motors was already working on a closure plan. In fact, even before the White House auto team asked it to be more aggressive, it submitted plans to shutter 1,650 dealers by the end of 2014. As for the government’s involvement, including loans, GM said it did not have a lot of other options so it stepped up the pace. In U.S. bankruptcy court filings, GM said it tried to find private investors but failed because lenders were not willing to take a risk on a damaged automaker amid a financial meltdown. Without funding, the company might have been forced to liquidate, selling off all its factories and equipment.” [Politifact, 8/2/12]”
Jim Renacci’s campaign might try to respond to this, but all they can do is damage control right now. And, Jim, just go back to the privet sector where sadly it’s true, you can get rich off your lack of integrity.