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Use the Same Facts

Last night we watched the final presidential debate -- and like the last three, the candidates spent much of the time bickering over everything, including the facts.

By definition, facts shouldn’t be partisan. Yet to quote an old Scottish writer, leaders in Washington “use statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than for illumination.”

Our leaders need to agree on the facts in order to find solutions. No Labels has a no nonsense solution: all members of Congress and the president get a nonpartisan report on the fiscal facts once a year -- and sign on their support.

Click here to add your name and call for our leaders to base their opinions on a consistent set of facts.

Our country literally cannot afford for its leaders to play with different numbers any longer. As the fiscal cliff approaches and the economy hangs in the balance, it’s time for elected officials to agree on basic facts.

A generation ago, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan declared that while every man is entitled to his own opinions, he isn't entitled to his own facts. He was right then. He's still right today. And unless we act accordingly, we can't hope to solve our country's problems.

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