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Jobs bill reduces deficit, not the other way around

As one of her reasons for voting against The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (a.k.a. jobs bill), Congresswomen Capito stated in the Gazette this morning that “this bill [would] add to our already bloated deficit.” Leaving aside for a moment that Capito bears significant responsibility for our large budget deficits, the assertion that the jobs bill adds to the deficit is unsubstantiated and wrong according to the CBO, which says the bill would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over the next 10 years.

 Gazette reporter Alison Knezevich did a great job by including this fact in the article. Alison avoided the classic journalism fallacy of  “He Said, She Said” that often gives equal weight to both sides even if one person is wildly off the mark. 

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