With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel . . . .
As I mentioned earlier, I avoid the candidates’ debates, because, frankly, I think they are useless.
The debates, that is. (And most of the candidates.)
And FactCheck.org weighs in with, well, facts:
- Romney claimed New York called itself a â€œsanctuary cityâ€ for illegal aliens. It didnâ€™t.
- Giuliani denied New York actually was a â€œsanctuary city.â€ But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has classified it as such, based on immigrant-friendly policies Giuliani still defends.
- Huckabee claimed he would â€œabolish the IRS.â€ He failed to mention that heâ€™d replace it with another big tax bureaucracy.
- Huckabee said he had proposed to make children of illegal aliens eligible for Arkansas scholarships if they “had been in our schools their entire school life.â€ Actually, the proposal required only three years in Arkansas schools.
- Giuliani was correct on two points: While he was mayor, New York snowfall went down and the Yankees won four World Series titles. He was joking, but his gag should remind citizens that itâ€™s a mistake in logic to give mayors, or governors or presidents, all credit or blame for what happens just because theyâ€™re in office at the time.
- Romney, claiming to be a “true suffering” fan of the Red Sox, said the team waited 87 years to win a World Series. They actually waited 86.
And Tim F. has a question.
For a more reflectice, less dismissive, and certainly less snide commentary, go here and search for the archives of November 29, 2007, or listen here (Real Audio) .