Guess who leads the pact? You've got it - none other than Sarah Palin who claimed that the Democratic health care proposal would create “death panels.”
But her's isn't the only whopper of the year. Here are a few of my favorites from Factcheck which provides a detailed analysis of 18 of them.
- "300,000 American women with breast cancer might have died" if we had a health care system like England's.
- The government would force people into quarantine camps if they did not get vaccinations.
- Obama was not born in the U.S. and wasn't qualified to be president. (Attorney Orly Taitz was fined $20,000 for "making frivolous claims and wasting the court's time.)
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) drew attention for overstating how much "proposed cap-and-trade legislation would affect the average family." He and Rush Limbaugh "both claimed that the House legislation required home owners to have an 'energy audit' or 'survey' before they could sell their homes."
President Obama came under scrutiny for a few whoppers of his own - quite a few in fact. For example, he charged that "an insurance company was responsible for the death of an Illinois cancer patient whose coverage was canceled before he hadn't reported gallstones."
Harry Truman said, "The buck stops here." But I've always wondered about all presidents, not just Obama or even Bush, who write very few of their own speeches and in some cases none of them. Don't they rely on their speech writers and staff to research the facts? Can any one human being remember every single detail about every single thing?