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  • http://twitter.com/DrLearnALot DrLearnALot

    Winners don’t lie.

  • http://twitter.com/stellaaaa Stella

    The truth is that all the answers are complicated. Yet, the pundits and the media wanted zingers and false bravado.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marian-Hennings/100000826252983 Marian Hennings

    I do not accept the studies Romney mentioned as anything but Republican shills so they don’t count as nonpartisan analyses.

  • Granny

    Good quiz, and helpful to understand what was being said, thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.shank Donald Shank

    I consider myself a well informed voter, but I only got 60% on the quiz. My incorrect answers were a choice between “false and “it’s complicated”. Both candidates have so muddied the waters with half truths and exaggerations that neither one can be taken at face value, with this caveat: Mitt (R)Money supporters don’t seem nearly as troubled when facts and rhetoric don’t align as Obama supporters do.

  • Sheila

    Some of the “it’s complicated” claims seem blatantly false instead.
    Re #2, regardless of the “unspecified” loophole closings (what the heck is that?) the number of “cuts” add up to the amount Obama indicated, so loophole closings are irrelevant. It’s false.
    Re #3, blog posts and partisan “studies” surely do not qualify as independent. Romney claimed 6 in any case. If there aren’t 6, let alone verifiable independent reports, it’s false
    Re#6, “think tanks” sponsored by GPS crossroads that publish reports that (again) cannot be verified by nonpartisan independent groups surely do not qualify as a worthy resource. It’s false.
    Mr. Moyers, I can’t see how you support this supposed “fact” check which bends over backward to avoid calling a spade a spade.

  • DaveH

    I find some of the ‘answers’ on this quiz to be wrong. For example, Q5 – there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small businesses.
    the answer is ‘True’ because a lot of rich people have small business income. Both Obama and Romney have small business income from speaking engagements or from writing books. George W Bush is also a small business.
    on Q2 – Romney’s plan does call for a 5 trillion dollar tax cut. so thats true.
    some other questions also have suspect answers.
    I agree that ‘its all complicated’ but Im just not so sure some of these ‘answers’ are correct (IMO).

  • http://www.facebook.com/pigity.pinky Patrick Clute

    One factor not taken into account with the taxes cuts is Romney also
    wants to get rid of both corporate and individual ATMs, which probably
    bring the numbers far beyond the 5T Obama talks about. not to mention
    several other tax cuts which can all be found on Romney’s own website.
    An example of just what get rid of the individual ATM will do is, in
    2011 despite what the media is saying Romney actually paid a tax rate of
    21% (9M taxable income paid 1.9M roughly). However, a big part of that
    21% or 1.9M was the ATM he had to pay totaling roughly $600,000. Without the ATM Romney would have paid 14% or 1.3M roughly.

  • canary131

    when 1/2 of a statement is FALSE, that doesn’t make the entire answer “COMPLICATED” Romney is not going to restore $716 billion to medicare.

  • Jim

    Republicans have been clash and spend radicals irresponsibly spending without paying for their adventures.

  • http://twitter.com/lOstsOul_rembrD lostsouls remembrd11

    I’ll tell you what’s complicated. Trying to have ANY Faith in either political party.

  • Anonymous

    When the IRS closes one loophole, the rich will open another. I find it hard to believe that Romney would close any important loopholes that the rich use so this method of off-setting his tax cuts is a pretty tough sell. Also, I don’t like the way lies and truths are mixed so liberally in their answers.

  • Anonymous

    A person that wins by cheating is not a winner–he is a cheater!

  • flobro

    I did poorly according your to your answers, yet I thought i was informed. This behooves us all to do our own fact-checking and check the sources of our findings. Yes, it all really is complicated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/DanMar-Dinsmore/726106873 DanMar Dinsmore

    The complicated answer skewed the results, all the questions could be considered complicated, while some of the statements were misleading and deceptive.

  • mitchell swann

    i have to agree with some of the critiques of the “it’s complicated” answers in here. But more importantly, IF you say you are going to “cut taxes” and that the supposed purpose of this is let people keep more of their money but you then say you are going to ‘eliminate deductions and loopholes’ to make the tax cuts ‘revenue neutral, then in effect you are NOT “cutting taxes”. You MAY be cutting rates, but you are NOT cutting tax payments. And when you eliminate deductions (and loopholes) you are effectively raising rates. So either Romney is lying when he says he is ‘cutting taxes’ (because a lower rate with fewer deductions means that you pay the same amount in taxes) OR he’s lying when he says it’s revenue neutral (because if you lower rates and allow people to keep more of their money the net revenue must be less).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Crawford/100001887515106 Linda Crawford

    Although this quiz result is very low for me, the subjects are intricate, and both politicians complicated their responses either with misinformation/lies and vagueness. The one major point of joy for me viewing the debate was when Romney admitted that Reaganomics (his political party stance – “trickle down”) is a failure — did/does not work. Along with many other citizens, I was very disappointed that Obama did not “call” Romney on the facts of his “job creation” = refers to those “out sourced” jobs along with their “out sourced” businesses that have nothing to do with improving/strengthening the United States. I am so so aggravated listening to EVERYONE refer to the United States as “America” = the continent rather the country = nation because “we” do not have the right nor the responsibility to speak for the other countries of America. Do people who do this understand that they are “promoting” the One World Government philosophy every time it comes from their mouth ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    The hollow man is revealed.
    The truth is Romney thinks he should be President because he “looks” presidential.
    He wants to cut public tv. Does he not understand that public tv is educational for adults as well as children? It is critical for poor children not able to afford preschool!
    Does he not understand that we paid into medicare and social security without choice and they have no damn right to take it away?
    I want not only PBS saved, but antenna tv saved as well. The communication networks pay millions in bribes to Congress and antenna tv is a competition that they need to crush. This is an important source of news and, yes, entertainment for people who can not afford the ridiculous fees from ATT and cable.
    Does he not understand that he is one of the 47% because he gets tax loopholes that make it so he pays a lower % of taxes than his secretary? Bass akwards!
    Why do republicans not understand that destroying the middle class will destroy the country. Bush almost accomplished it.
    Now they are re-evaluating the recession and it is now classified as Great Depression II. If GM went under as Romney said he would have done, there might have been no recovery!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    Do we call ourselves “United Statesian?” Canadian, Mexican, Brazilian–they have other choices. Most people in the world accept that Americans come from the USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    Obama better get rested up for the next one.

  • RJJ

    Yes, 5 million jobs may have been created but what is the net gain? Or, how many jobs were LOST in the same time frame? The answer is close to 5 million jobs were lost.

  • David F., N.A.

    Romney: Obamacare “puts in place an unelected [Medicare] board
    that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can
    have. I don’t like that idea.”

    Answer: False

    The Affordable Care Act stipulates that the Independent Payment
    Advisory Board (IPAB) can not make spending cut recommendations that
    “ration health care” or increase costs to beneficiaries.

    Am I missing something? If the selected (unelected) 15-member IPAB can’t raise costs or lower health care services, then why is it needed. This makes no cents. The way I see it, it has the potential of becoming a Death Panel, or, in this case, a Death Board (…walking the plank…). Since all this sound so subjective, I think I’ll run this one by Govner Palin for some clarity.

  • Mamer

    I think you mean AMT (alternate minimum tax). If all his income comes from investment income, which is taxed at 15%, then how could his tax rate, before AMT, be above 15%?