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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Bush Makes Life Easy for the Fact Checkers

Well, that'll be a pretty easy speech to fact check. He didn't even bother to make up new lies. He just just repeated old ones that have been extensively debunked: Kerry says "the heart and soul of America is found in Hollywood." "More than 10 million [Afghani] citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election -- a resounding endorsement of democracy." And on and on.

So let me fact check a minor point that probably hasn't been debunked yet:
In this time of change, most new jobs are filled by people with at least two years of college, yet only about one in four students gets there.
Actually, 37% of Americans obtain a 2 year degree or more by the time they've reached 25-29 years of age (source: Census Bureau, Table 1). Another 21% have attended college without receiving a degree, many of them surely meeting Bush's "at least two years of college" criterion. Don't bother to ask what a "new job" is; it's a poorly defined concept that could mean anything.

It's a small thing, but it really shows this administration's contempt for the facts that they don't even bother to get basic figures about educational attainment right.

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