Sparks flew during Sunday’s Democrat debate between Hillary and Bernie (Martin who?) Considering that the most googled questions after the debate were asking if Hillary would be prosecuted and what she did that was illegal, viewers didn’t get a positive impression of her character from the debate.
Unfortunately it also means people weren’t looking into her claims during the debate. And had they done that, they would’ve discovered a long list of falsehoods she uttered.
As compiled by the Washington Examiner, here are the top five Hillary lies from the Democrat debate.
Claiming healthcare costs are “the lowest they’ve been in 50 years”
This is blatantly false. Healthcare costs are increasing, and have been despite President Obama’s claims that Obamacare would reduce them. Yet, in 2012, healthcare costs had the smallest increase in 50 years.
And Clinton’s attempts to tie the smaller increase to Obamacare falls flat. As the Washington Post’s fact checkers point out, increases in healthcare costs began slowing during the 2008 recession. And health policy experts believe costs are soon going to begin increasing by larger amounts.
Claiming 1 in 3 young black men will go to jail in their lifetime
This statistic is based on outdated data from 2001, and they describe what would happen to black men born in 2001 “if current incarceration rates remain unchanged.” But the incarceration rate for black men has been declining since 2001. It’s still likely too high, but according to 2014 data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the incarceration rate for black males was 2,724 per 100,000, or 2.7 percent. That’s a decrease from 2001, when the rate was 3,535 per 100,000, or 3.5 percent.
Condemning Sanders for Wall Street bill her husband signed into law
Clinton called out Sanders for supporting the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which deregulated certain aspects of Wall Street. The thing is, President Bill Clinton signed that bill into law, and it doesn’t appear Hillary Clinton did anything to stop him from doing so.
Clinton claimed that “most commentators have said [her Wall Street plan] is tougher, more comprehensive, more effective” than Sanders’.
This is not true. Paul Krugman and former Congressman Barney Frank endorsed her plans, but Frank helped her write it, so he’s definitely biased. And a Post review of experts provided by Clinton and Sanders was a mixed bag. Clinton has gotten support from experts, but there are at least 60 (and counting) who have backed Sanders’ plan over hers.
Claiming she would ensure women receive “equal pay for women’s work”
This is a myth that just won’t die. The implication Clinton gives is that women are discriminated against in the workplace and being paid less simply because of their sex. This is not true. Women’s median salaries are lower than mens’ mainly because women tend to go into lower paying careers and work fewer hours. Studies that have controlled for the different choices men and women make in their careers finds the pay gap virtually vanishes. And the remaining gap can’t be conclusively linked to discrimination.
And now for a free bonus lie — that just might be the truth. Sanders pointed out that Hillary had received $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in a single year, a charge for which she had no response.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]