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Candidates Need Fact Check

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Both U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a few slips during the vice presidential debate.

Joe Biden was seemingly unaware that additional security had been requested at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the recent terrorist attack.  Biden claimed that they were not told they wanted more security, but Paul Ryan corrected him on the facts.

Top security official in Lybia Eric Nordstrom had been criticized for wanting more security. He believed that Washington would not provide the necessary resources until something huge and unfortunate happened.

Nevertheless, Joe Biden was not the only candidate who was misinformed. Paul Ryan described the $90 billion in stimulus the vice president was in charge of overseeing as a bunch of “green pork.” He completely ignored the fact that this package gave help to people so that they could have more energy efficient homes and grants to public entities that are building high speed rail lines. Tax credits were also given to manufacturers so that equipment fostering cleaner energy could be installed. With the rest of the planet going green, this certainly is not a waste of money. Not only has it cut back on pollution, but has also saved and created more than 3 million jobs.

Ryan also claimed that Obamacare is assaulting the religious liberties of this country by infringing upon Catholic charities, churches, and hospitals. This is a very strong statement that is completely wrong. The health care law requires that most employers cover birth control free of charge to female employees. While it does apply to hospitals and charities that serve the general public and happen to be church-affiliated, this law does not apply to churches nor other religious institutions. Therefore, Obamacare is in no way tarnishing our freedom of religion.

The candidates then spoke about taxing small businesses. Ryan said that about 53 percent of small-business income would be taxed, while Biden said that 97% of small businesses in America pay less and also make less than $250, 000. Both candidates are correct, but they also do not see the bigger picture. Under President Obama’s plan, only about 3% of those who report business income would see a tax increase. However, those business owners account for about half of all business income.

The list of slip ups go on and on for both candidates. While Ryan’s unpreparedness may be due to the fact that he is a less-experienced debater, both candidates certainly need to become more informed.

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