With Labor Day and other holidays close at hand, many of us can expect to have political conversations with friends and family who get their talking points from people not connected to the reality-based community.

Have no fear! To help all of us, Bill in Portland Maine recently authored this incredibly useful post. In it, he compiled a great set of links to facts we can use to debunk myths about some of today’s hottest political issues. (Literally, as the climate crisis is one of the subjects.)

> Tea Party’ers are not more likely to have racist tendencies than other conservatives.
(Except they are.)

> Democrats are scheming to hit 94 percent of small business owners with tax increases.
(Except they aren’t.)

> Bloody violence is out of control along the Mexican border, and illegal immigrants are streaming into America at record levels.
(Except it’s not and they’re not.)

> Obamacare will send Medicare spiraling out of control.
(Except it won’t.)

> Marriage is a religious union that’s all about procreation.
(Except it isn’t.)

> Voters say cutting the deficit is more important than creating jobs.
(Except they don’t.)

> Social Security is going broke, it adds to the deficit, and we have to raise the retirement age because people are living longer.
(Except it’s not, it doesn’t and we don’t.)

> The earth is getting cooler.
(Except it’s really really not.)

> Facts and logic matter to Republicans.
(Except I just snorted milk out my nose.)

You may want to keep this list close at hand.

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