Teacher union bosses fail at subtraction

Government teacher union bosses have spent $6 million on ads since March attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for wanting to cut runaway spending by schools instead of feeding their habit with yet more tax hikes, confident New Jerseyans back their agenda of bigger and endless spending.

Apparently pensions costs, budget numbers, tax rates and dropouts aren't the only government teacher union bosses can't keep a lid on. Christie's approval rating has jumped 17 points since April.

A new Quinnipeac poll finds 51 percent of voters approve of Christie's job performance, while only 36 percent disapprove. That's a significant leap from June, when 44 percent approved and 43 percent disapproved. Rasmussen Reports also has Christie's approval rating at 51 percent.

Back in April, around the time the union boss/taxpayer-supported attacks ads began airing, Christie's approval was at around 33 percent.


What's Wrong?

Can you spot the two errors in this lead paragraph from Reuters?

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.


ObamaCare already falling short of coverage promises, pushes employers to cut jobs and wages

The claim:

"The recent health reform package made 4 million small business owners eligible for a health care tax credit that covers up to 35 percent of premiums." - WhiteHouse.gov, Aug. 10, 2010

The truth:

"Supporters claim four million small businesses are eligible for the credit, but the fact is less than two million small businesses will receive it. And those that do receive a credit aren’t guaranteed a large check." - Bill Rys, tax counsel at the National Federation of Independent Business

And it gets better. ObamaCare include provisions encouraging employers to cut their employees' wages, stop hiring or lay people off so they can qualify for the handouts.

"At most, the credit offsets 35 percent of the insurance costs of a small business. However, this percentage phases out as the number of employees rises above 10 or the average wage (not including the owner’s income) rises above $25,000. Importantly, both of these phase-outs operate simultaneously," writes Rys.

So not only does ObamaCare only offer tax credits to half the businesses the White House implied, businesses must limit their pay and hiring to be eligible and those that still don't qualify will struggle to stay in businesses as they face health insurance costs sent skyrocketing by government control.