Friday, April 18th, 2014
Some of our readers' comments recently have been as colorful as these mailboxes.

Some of our readers' comments recently have been as colorful as these mailboxes.

Mailbag: 'Everyone fails this fact-check'

It's time again to look at what readers have been saying, good and bad, about our recent fact-checks.

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"Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

Americans spend "6.1 billion hours a year" on tax preparation.

Says Charlie Crist "implemented Jeb Bush’s A+ Plan."

Says Mark Udall "decided Obamacare. ... He passed Obamacare with his vote."

"Shaheen votes with Obama 99 percent of the time."

"My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

During Lyndon B. Johnson’s first 20 years in Congress, "he opposed every civil rights measure that came up for a vote."

Seventy-two percent of Georgians did not have a chance to finish college.

Federal money for Medicaid expansion "is guaranteed for a few years and then goes away."

Says the Koch brothers want to "protect tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas."

"In 2006, Charlie Crist opposed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."

Says Bruce Braley took "tens of thousands from his friends in the health insurance industry" and gave them "special favors" by voting for Obamacare.

Says Rep. Michele Bachmann said President Barack Obama might be to blame for the Fort Hood shootings.

The health care law reduces "the number of uninsured in America by 3 percent for how much money? $2 trillion."

A North Carolina study proves that "probably over a million people voted twice in (the 2012) election."

"Young women today in metropolitan areas" who are childless and single are out-earning childless, single young males.

"Of all the jobs President Obama claims to have created since he started, only 38.5 percent are women. So 61.5 percent have gone to men."

"Before Congress, (Tom) Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies and corporate interests."

"The Koch brothers are one of the biggest polluters in the country."

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