In union-member killings, there were zero convictions from 1991-2000 and one in 2001. But from 2002-2007, there were 80.
[S]ince President Álvaro Uribe took office in 2002, that violence has been substantially reduced. The homicide rate through the end of 2007 was down by 40.4% and the rate among union members was down almost 87%. There is nothing "consistent" about a drop to 26 union member murders in 2007 from 155 in 2000.
[I]n 2004 Mr. Uribe pushed through congress a judicial reform that has reduced the average time needed to issue an indictment for a homicide to 50 days from 493. He also increased the budget for the attorney general's office to $598 million in 2008, from $346 million in 2002 -- a 73% increase.
In addition to misrepresenting the country's progress on reducing violence, Mr. Obama has never explained how denying Colombians the FTA will help the country reduce violence. Maybe this is because he knows he's merely repeating union distortions.If Obama makes up this garbage in a third presidential debate, where is the howl? Shouldn't Obama know these facts by now?
Shouldn't an aspring President know this by now? After 20+ months on the campaign trail?
Where are the fact-checkers? FactCheck.org is entirely silent on this one.
Isn't it interesting that Walter Annenberg founded both the Annenberg Foundation (which was responsible for Obama and Ayers getting together on the board of its Chicago Annenberg Challenge) AND FactCheck.org?
They aren't the objective factcheckers the world thinks they are. after all.