Statements we say are Mostly True

"This bill allows Virginia to join about 23 other states that have an ultrasound procedure" before an abortion.

The cost of a gas tank fill-up has risen $30 since Barack Obama became president.  

Public education has been permanently cut "by $1.6 billion through changes in the Standards of Quality funding formula."

"The U.S. gun homicide rate is 20 times the combined rate of other western nations."

The U.S. economy "is three times as big as China's."

"1.53 million jobs are at risk (from potential defense cuts)."

Takes credit for "substantially reducing the size of the state workforce."

"As a percentage of our gross domestic product, the defense budget remains just 3.6 percent. This figure is low by all historical standards."

 "Our crime rate continues to plummet."

Gov. Bob McDonnell launched a "raid on public education to pay for roads."

"The tax on job creating businesses is 35 percent in the United States, second worst in the entire world."

Virginia is "headed towards another surplus this year, unlike most states."

"Over the past decade, the big five oil companies --- BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell -- made a total profit of nearly $1 trillion."

A majority of the American people opposed the health care law when it was signed and still oppose it today.  

The House budget plan proposes "the largest discretionary spending cut in history."

"Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for public education in the Commonwealth for kindergarten through 12th grade." 

"We’ve now gained private sector jobs 12 months in a row."

Under former President George W. Bush’s administration "while the population in that period grew by 10 percent, the number of jobs in the nation grew by 1 percent."

The military has spent $500 million enforcing the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy regarding gays and lesbians in the military. 

The tax-cut deal "adds more than $800 billion to the deficit over two years -- more than the cost of TARP and more than the cost of the Recovery Act" and about the same as health care reform.

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