Welcome to zFacts!  Fair, Not Balanced.

If one side is fanatical or just plain wrong, balance is no virtue. ZFacts takes on the extremes — left and right.

Flights and Ebola

If US health care is even up to Nigerian standards, have Republicans gone nanny on us? Oddly, some of them are demanding that the government protect us from a tiny threat by telling healthy people they can’t fly from Liberia to the US. A tiny threat? Only two Americans have become ill. Compare that to more than 100,000 children hospitalized with pneumonia each year, and over 40,000 pneumonia deaths (all ages) in the US each year. Should the government stop flights from countries with pneumonia?  [Read more...]


Stock Prices by President

Reagan-Obama-stock-graph Republicans claim Democrats are bad for business, but the stock market disagrees. It rose more than twice as fast under Obama as under Reagan. In fact since Reagan (1981) stocks have gained 13% under Republicans and 450% under Democrats. That's 35 times more, and they had 6 years less time. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]


Unemployment Claims, Lowest in 47 Years!

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The Republicans left Obama with unemployment claims running higher than at any time since Reagan in 1982. Democrats (with the Republicans obstructing) reduced that to its lowest level in 14 years according to the Press. But, compared to the number of jobs, it's at its lowest level since they started collecting data in 1967. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]


Who are the Job Creators?

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  For at least the last 85 years, since 1929, every time the Democrats took over, jobs were created faster. And every time the Republicans took over, jobs were created slower. Ten times in a row is no accident.  And the difference is huge. Why is that? [EMail the Fact Card] [Read more...]


38% that the Dems will keep the Senate

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Nate Silver, the best election forecaster ever, gives the Democrats a 37.8% chance of controlling the Senate. Sept 5, it was 36.6%.) Then it rose to over 45% and dropped back. If Dems go out and vote, they still could win. The reason the Dems are not doing better for this may not be what you think. [Read more...]


Obama’s ISIS Strategy (part 2)

A few military and Republican leaders are criticizing Obama for saying that "American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission." But he and the American public are right to draw this line, and they are right strategically as well. If he had said, "Well we just might have to go back in," that would give the military another option, but it would also send a signal to Baghdad that, if they keep screwing up, we'll come dig them out. "Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee should be able to figure this out. [Read more...]


If Mitch McConnell Rules the Senate …

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Then McConnell will control the purse strings, so watch out. "We're going to go after them on health care, the Environmental Protection Agency ... across the board," McConnell told a private June strategy session of deep-pocket Republican billionaire donors, convened by the Koch brothers. With simple majorities in the House and the Senate, Republicans could pass any tax legislation, cut funds for any environmental programs, or even [Read more...]


A Super PAC to End All Super PACs

Lawrence-Lessig The Mayday PAC is not your average super PAC. Started on May 1, 2014 by Harvard Law Prof and political activist Lawrence Lessig, its goal is to end all super PACs in 2017. "Embrace the irony." 

His first fundraiser brought in $1.1 million in 13 days. Then he shot for another $5 million by July 4. On July 3 he was still $1.5 million short. We knew our $3.5 million in pledges would all be voided and our credit cards not charged if he didn't make it. The result was a tremendous surge of support and activity. Mayday hit $5.5 million by the end of Independence Day. Here's what's next. [Read more...]


Hope for Afghanistan?

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Ashraf Ghani

On May 5, eight pro-US candidates squared off, and the two big winners were the most pro-US. Not what the hard left would have you think. On June 15, Ashraf Ghani appeared to trounce Abdulah Abdulah, but there was much fraud. All parties are desperate to get a power-sharing agreement in place before the recount finishes in a few days. Without that, the loser may well tear the country apart. That would be a pity, because they are not far apart and real power-sharing would [Read more...]


ZFacts Is Back

 I've just upgraded zFacts from geeky Drupal to with-it WordPress. That's a big commitment and I intend to keep the site up to date after this election (unlike after Nov. 2012). It will be particularly active for the next couple of months, so stay tuned, and here's hoping today's launch avoids catastrophe. [Read more...]