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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Bogus claims that just won’t die





Bogus claims that just keep getting repeated — and a further explanation of the Pinocchio scale

By Glenn Kessler

“You have 219 new regulations coming out, costing over $100 million each.”

 — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Oct. 27, 2011

As much as we try to expose wrongheaded rhetoric in today’s political debates, some of these “facts” keep popping up. It sometimes really feels like whack-a-mole.

Imagine our surprise on Thursday when we saw that Rep. Paul Ryan made the statement above concerning federal regulations on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” We thought we had driven a stake through this myth when we gave three Pinocchios to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in early September for making virtually the same statement.

As we detailed then, there are serious problems with that “219” figure. READ MORE




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