Daily Archives: Dec. 28, 2011

The biggest Pinocchios of 2011

Washington Post fact-checkers were kept busy this year reviewing all the exaggerated and flat-out wrong statements made by politicians. They assigned “Pinocchio” ratings ranging from one Pinocchio for some shading of the facts to four Pinocchios for “whoppers.” Among the biggest whoppers of the year were the GOP claims that President Obama apologized for America and that he thinks Americans are lazy, Obama’s claim that he passed the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s claim that she hasn’t said anything inaccurate in any of the debates, and Democrats’ claim that GOP lawmakers voted to kill Medicare.

Kansas delegation not among the wealthiest

A Washington Post analysis of the growing gap between the economic experience of average Americans and their lawmakers reported that the median net worth of a member of the U.S. House is $725,000, excluding home equity. Kansas’ House members are below that, though it may be partly because they haven’t been in Washington, D.C., very long. Second-term Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, has a net worth of $510,013, according to financial disclosure forms. The net worths of first-term Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, are $287,007, $267,514 and -$91,998, respectively. Kansas’ senior senator, Pat Roberts, has $845,022 in net worth, while Sen. Jerry Moran has $768,009.