Lois Frankel’s latest campaign email is so pitifully inaccurate that one has to wonder if anyone from her campaign checks basic facts or is capable of basic math.
Frankel, the former West Palm Beach mayor and state legislator who is vying against fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy in a primary to see who gets to face off against Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West in 2012, said the following in an email to her supporters Monday:
“That’s right. Allen West is doing everything in his power to protect tax breaks for billionaires, but refuses to lift a finger to protect 160 million working American families facing a tax increase.”
Frankel doesn’t actually say what tax increase she’s talking about in the email. She’s obviously talking about the payroll tax cut, which is set to expire at the end of this month and which was only supposed to last for a year. Frankel probably doesn’t say what tax she’s talking about because extending the payroll tax cut will only make Social Security go broke even faster than it already is, and that won’t be too popular with the senior condo commandos Frankel is trying to woo.
The tax issue aside, it was the “160 million working American families” claim that caught my eye. According to the most recent census data, the average American family consists of around 2.5 people. If you do the math, 2.5 x 160,000,000 would add up to 400 million people.
(Click the image below to view the email.)
Wow! The problem is, the entire population of the United States is only around 312 million.
It’s almost tempting to let Frankel supporters run around repeating this absurd number from the Democrat’s email just to have a good laugh when one of them says it in public.
But facts are a bipartisan kind of issue. So, for the record, according to the U.S. Labor Department, there are 78.2 million families in the United States, and a family is defined as “a group of two or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption. The count of families is for ‘primary’ families only, that is, the householder and all other persons related to and residing with the householder. Families are classified either as married-couple families or as families maintained by women or men without spouses.”
Frankel’s campaign emails have been amateurish laugh riots for a long time, but as a candidate for Congress, this supposed political veteran owes her supporters, and the public, more.
Disseminating demonstratively false information, either through ignorance or partisanship, is a disservice to the public, and it isn’t going to help Frankel get elected to anything.
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