Thursday, October 11, 2007 Giuliani guilty of multiple missteps Fred's Facts Check Out; Rudy's Don't

Two things about the Republican October 9 debate: Fred Thompson's facts check out and Rudy Giuliani's don't.

But here's the deal: Giuliani threw out facts and figures like he knew what he was talking about. People will believe his crap. Problem is, he was wrong a few times, and in BIG ways. For example:
  • Giuliani claimed Sen. Hillary Clinton once called the free-market economy "the most destructive force in modern America." She didn't say that. She quoted another author who said free markets were "disruptive." She also said free markets bring prosperity.
  • The mayor falsely claimed Clinton proposes to give $1,000 to "everybody." Her proposed subsidies to workers' retirement accounts would be for couples making up to $60,000 a year and would be $500 for those making up to $100,000.
  • Giuliani falsely claimed that more than 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product is spent on "frivolous" lawsuits. The figure is from a study about the cost of all lawsuits.
My take on this is that Rudy is extremely dangerous. Using his selective memory and other dubious character flaws, he can "lead" a country down a path more perilous than our current president.

Beware Rudy Giuliani.