"Take a look at the facts, if the facts matter in this case. I pulled our economy back from the abyss, back from the Great Depression. We've stabilized our economy. We've guaranteed access to care for everyone. We're turning away from war. And, I'm pushing to invest your tax dollars here at home to grow the jobs we need to work our way back to prosperity. I'm the fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidate in this race," explained KagenEven for someone with Kagen's reputation for bombast, this seemed too over the top to be true. But the link above includes video of Kagen making the statement.
I listened to it twice to be sure, but I think what he said was he pulled the economy back from a great depression, not the Great Depression. But is there anyone in this country that thinks Steve Kagen himself actually pulled the economy back from the abyss? I guess such a claim should really be no surprise since Kagen also claimed to be writing the healthcare bill.
Since the Congressman claims that the facts matter, perhaps we should fact-check his statement.
"We've stabilized our economy." - Paul Krugman argues this is no recovery.
"We've guaranteed access to care for everyone." - CBO estimates 23 million nonelderly will remain uninsured under the new healthcare law.
"We're turning away from war." - President Obama sent an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.
"I'm the fiscally responsible...candidate in this race,"- For fiscal year 2010 Kagen requested almost $18 million in earmarks.
"I'm the...socially progressive candidate in this race,"- This is true. Kagen's record of voting with Nancy Pelosi 96% of the time proves it. Only problem is that Kagen represents WI-8, not CA-8.
Claims about the Great Depression aside, I know that after hearing Kagen's remarks I am greatly depressed that he represents me in Congress. I'm confident that I'm not the only one that feels this way.