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ABCNews on Paul Ryan’s Jimmy Carter Comments

This is why, when politicians (Dems or Republicans) throw numbers at you, when you hear statistics in the political attack ads, take it all with a grain of salt. From ABCNews/Yahoo:

Let’s start at the beginning. In comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter, Ryan said in July 1980 the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent and “for the past 42 months it’s been above 8 percent under Barack Obama’s failed leadership.”

Both parts of this sentence are true according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, but in July 1983, when Ronald Reagan was president, unemployment was at 9.4 percent. In July 1982 it was higher at 9.8 percent.

In July 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, unemployment was at 7.7 percent.

Is what Ryan said factually correct? Yes, but it leaves out some important data.

In essence, the numbers they dish out at you mean diddly squat. More shock and awe, more FUD. Question it all. Don’t accept it as fact!

Read more of it on Yahoo News.