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Local • Nation/world DAILY NEWS, BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 - PAGE 5A FACT CHECK Is millionaires’ poll cited by Obama by the numbers? By GLENN KESSLER The Washington Post “This was an idea that was supported by a strong majority of the American people – including nearly half of Republicans. The majority of millionaires supported it. And Senate Republicans didn’t listen.” – President Barack Obama, Lorain County (Ohio) Community College, April 18 Many surveys, by pollsters such as Gallup and Washington PostABC News, show strong public support for Obama’s proposal – killed in the Senate last week – to impose a tax surcharge on people with adjusted gross income of more than $1 million, known as the “Buffett Rule.” But we were struck by the president’s assertion that even a majority of millionaires support such a tax. The claim that two-thirds of millionaires back the plan is also promoted on the Obama campaign website, under the headline: “Millionaires stand in support of the Buffett Rule.” How does Obama know this? The facts The White House directed us to an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, which was headlined “Millionaires Support Warren Buffett’s Tax on Rich.” The article cited a study by the Spectrem Group, which claimed that “68 percent of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more) support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income.” First, note that the article referred to people with investments (i.e., net worth) of $1 million or more, which is different from people with $1 million in income. People with net worth of $1 million includes many people who make less than $1 million a year, so at least some, if not many, of the people who supported higher taxes actually would not be affected by the Buffett Rule. So Obama – and the Wall Street Journal – are mixing up two differ- ent types of millionaires. The other problem is that the article gave no detail on how the survey was conducted, the sample size and so forth. We found a brief online description on the Spectrem website and we spoke to George Walper, Spectrem’s president. Walper said the questions were asked once in the fall as part of a regular sample of high-net-worth individuals via an online survey. He said about 500 people in the survey have a net worth of $100,000 to $1 million, 333 have a net worth of $1 million to $5 million and 165 have a net worth of $5 million to $25 million. The statistics cited by the Journal were just from the last two categories, and he said the margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent. The Washington Post has strict standards about the types of polls that we quote. We are especially wary of online polls, and a standard practice before quoting a poll in a news story is to make sure it is vetted by The Post’s polling unit. So we asked The Post pollsters to assess the Spectrem survey. Here is what Polling Analyst Scott Clement reported: “George Walper had me talk to Tom Wynn, director of affluent research for Spectrem Group. He says the survey results are from an opt-in online panel. That’s a big weakness as far as polling is concerned. We don’t report these surveys per our methodology standards at The Post, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s 2010 task force cautions researchers to avoid such panels when trying to estimate population values – i.e., what percentage of millionaires support the Buffett Rule. Wynn also refused to supply the topline results of the survey, a standard item of survey disclosure for publicly released polls.” The phrase “topline results” refers to basic detail about question wording and the responses. Do such details really make a difference? Well, another Spectrem poll, from a month earlier, has been cited by CNN Money as evidence that millionaires do not support the Buffett Rule. That survey found that only 24 percent of millionaires said that higher taxes on higher income was the fairest tax system. A White House official countered that The Post, from time to time, has cited Spectrem’s research, including even The Fact Checker in 1999, for an article on 401(k) investments. Not everyone at The Post gets the message to be careful with polls, but the eight articles cited by the White House did not mention the poll in question. “We’re not suggesting a blanket dismissal of the group’s work, only that this poll doesn’t merit publication,” Post Polling Director Jon Cohen said. “Some of the [articles noted by the White House] is market info – who knows where from. Some is survey data, but none of it vetted by us.” Walper said he was “very confident” that his poll was representative of all millionaires. “In his speech, the president cited a survey that has been cited by, among others, the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The survey itself was done by an organization whose work The Washington Post has deemed credible in many of its own articles.” The explosion of polls has made it essential to be careful about understanding how they are conducted and what they really mean. Obama has on occasion cited “a survey” as reporting this claim about millionaires and we suppose he could have been even more specific by citing a “survey reported by the Wall Street Journal.” But this week, and on his campaign website, all caveats were dropped and the assertion was stated as fact. Reputable surveys already show the Buffett Rule is broadly popular, so there is little reason to hype the claims even more by citing a survey with questionable provenance. You can’t just accept any poll, no matter how much it fits with your convictions. The president, in particular, should have higher standards than that. Mrs. Marjorie S. Riggs Cemetery. Mrs. Marjorie S. Riggs, 92, of Bowling Green, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home. The Greenville native was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnie Sweeney and Bertha Marie Jones Sweeney; her husband, Henry T. MARJORIE S. RIGGS Riggs; a son, Thomas Harrison Riggs; a daughter, Cheryl Marie Hayes; a brother, Lyndal Sweeney; and a sister, Inez Phillips. Survivors include her grandson, David S. Hayes (Lisa) and granddaughter Teresa Marie Curtis (Jeff), all of Bowling Green; great-grandson Levi Caleb Curtis and great-granddaughter Sally Marie Curtis; a sister, Delta (Cooky) Stovall of Greenville; two brothers, Frank D. Sweeney of Greensboro, N.C., and Gayle Sweeney of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at JohnsonVaughn-Phelps Funeral Home, 901 Fairview Ave., Bowling Green, on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview MUNFORDVILLE — Thomas M. Shemwell, 80, of Horse Cave, died at 11:31 p.m. April 21, 2012, at Caverna Memorial Hospital in Horse Cave. Funeral is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brooks Funeral Home, with burial in Horse Cave Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Robert Craig/AP Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks April 11 during a visit to the Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del. Gingrich racks up more debt as his unlikely bid continues By DAN EGGEN The Washington Post WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich, whose quixotic presidential bid has been dogged by financial problems, racked up nearly $3 million in new debt for private jet flights, security consultants and travel costs in March even as his campaign teetered on the edge of collapse, according to new disclosures. The former House speaker entered April with $4.3 million in total debt, up from $1.5 million the month before, according to reports filed late Friday with the Federal Election Commission. He raised $1.6 million, spent $2 million and reported having $1.2 million cash on hand. The Gingrich campaign’s top debts for March include $1.1 million to Moby Dick Airways, a private air charter broker; $450,000 to Patriot Group, a Warrenton, Va.-based security firm; and $178,000 to Event Strategies of Alexandria, Va., for “event production.” Gingrich is listed as being owed $271,775 for travel costs, and numerous other employees and consultants claim similar travel debts, the records show. The disclosures outline what has become a typical scenario for Gingrich in his topsy-turvy, year-long campaign for the White House, which nearly imploded last summer amid runaway spending and staff defections. Financial problems also have swallowed the private consulting empire he built after leaving the House in the late 1990s, including a pri- vate health care think tank that filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. Gingrich rose in the polls and began to claw his way out of debt during a series of strong Republican candidates’ debate performances last fall, but his prospects have plummeted since his surprise win in the South Carolina primary in January. The main thing keeping Gingrich alive for much of the primary season was Winning Our Future, a super PAC that was funded almost exclusively by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his relatives. Adelson’s wife, Miriam, gave the group an additional $5 million in March, bringing the Adelson family total to $21 million, according to new disclosures. Gingrich has steadfastly refused to leave the race despite having no reasonable prospect of defeating Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, while continuing to solicit money and support as he campaigns across the country. “Please take a moment to get involved with my campaign and make calls to voters,” Gingrich wrote in a Twitter message Thursday. Gingrich has had a particular penchant for racking up travel-related expenses with vendors such as Moby Dick, which arranges charter jet travel for Republicans and has done millions of dollars in business with Gingrich over the years. One defunct Gingrich group called American Solutions for Winning the Future paid Moby Dick $6.6 million over a period of four years, records show. DEATHS Rose M. Oller BROWNSVILLE — Rose Mary Oller, 73, of Bowling Green, died at 3:06 p.m. April 21, 2012, at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. Funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cherry Springs United Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Gravil Funeral Home. Christine Hurt Powell Christine Hurt Powell, 89, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Cal Turner Extended Care in Scottsville. The Allen County native was the daughter of the late Sellus and Lottie Stone Hurt and was preceded in death by her daughter, Suzie Cummings; a granddaughter, Kristina Towe; and a brother, Douglas Hurt. She is survived by her two sons, Rogers Powell and his wife, Patsy, of Bowling Green, and Jerry Powell and his wife, Sue, of Scottsville, two brothers, James Hurt and Billie Hurt of Scottsville; two sisters, Libby Flowers of Glasgow and Anna Cooksey of Bowling Green; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Visitation begins at 5 p.m. today at T.W. Crow and Son Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery. Condolences online may be left at Let our experienced staff help you in your time of need. Thomas M. Shemwell Richard J. Sujat Sr. GLASGOW — Richard Joseph Sujat Sr., 69, of Glasgow, died April 21, 2012, at T.J. Samson Community Hospital. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home, with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Ruth Mears Taylor December 24, 1916 – April 21, 2012 Ruth Mears Taylor passed peacefully from this world at the Meadowcreek Care Center in San Angelo, Texas, at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Ruth was born Dec. 24, 1916, in Cass County, Texas, to Edwin Lloyd Mears and Katie Cleveland Mears. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years Robert Taylor; a sister Ora Amick; RUTH MEARS and brothers TAYLOR Tom, Edwin, Guy, Pat, Frank and George Mears. Ruth married Robert P. Taylor on Dec. 7, 1935, in Queen City, Texas. The first years of their marriage were spent living in Bivins, Texas; Meridian, Mississippi; Demopolis, Alabama; Oklahoma City; and Brooklyn, New York. They grew tired of the nomadic life and happily moved to San Angelo in 1945. Ruth was a homemaker who was very involved in the activities of her children. When they were no longer in school, she began a career at Baptist Memorial Geriatric Center. As admissions officer, she found a great deal of satisfaction in helping families adjust to the transition of loved ones to custodial care. She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church for over 60 years, serving as Sunday school teacher for much of that time. She Please Come to Our Gospel Meeting April 22 – 27 Sunday: 9:00 & 10:00a.m., & 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday: 7:00 p.m. BIBLE PREACHING BY: ERIC THOMASON Chris Kramer ---------------Sunday John Madrigal --------------Monday Justin Monts ---------------Tuesday Steve Monts-----------------Wednesday Curtis Pope -----------------Thursday Gary Henry -----------------Friday was a person of strong faith whose life was an outstanding example of Christian service. She enjoyed reading and playing bridge, especially with close friends Fay and J.W. Mackey. A cruel disease robbed Ruth of her memory and thought processes in the past several years but it couldn’t suppress her sweet spirit and loving heart. She was a devoted wife and mother; and a loyal, caring friend who will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Robert P. Taylor Jr. and his wife, Sarasue, of Dallas; her daughter, Patsy Sloan and her husband, Jay, of Bowling Green; and her granddaughter, Perri Lynne Taylor of Dallas. The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at Meadowcreek Care Center for their exemplary concern for Ruth’s well-being, and to Buddy and Sylvia Peel, whose love and friendship enriched the last years of her life. In addition, both Ruth and Robert received loving care from Kay Mixon, Dorothy McCormick and June Waddell during the last years spent in their home. A funeral service will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Mark Bumpus officiating. Interment will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Johnson’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online register book at Susan M. Whobrey BROWNSVILLE — Susan Michelle Whobrey, 43, of Louisville, died at 2:35 p.m. April 20, 2012, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. today at South Union Cemetery. Visitation is in progress until 1 p.m. today at Gravil Funeral Home. “The Finest in Flowers Since 1902” PHONE 843-4334 901 Lehman Ave., Bowling Green, KY HEALTH NOTES Drug Induced Nutritional Deficiencies Conclusion by Steve Sheldon, R.Ph. We hope that the series of articles on drug induced nutritional deficiencies has been informative. Some of the classes of medications that were discussed included cholesterol medications, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, antacids, ulcer medications, and antibiotics. There are many other classes of medications that can cause nutritional deficiencies such as anti-diabetic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and some cardiovascular and blood pressure medications. It is these nutritional deficiencies that often cause known side effects from medications. The goal of this series was not to discourage the use of these medications, because they definitely have their role in modern medicine, but to inform you of their potential long-term effect, how to recognize the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies, and how to correct the deficiencies. If you are taking any of these medications and are concerned about their potential long-term effect on your overall nutrition please feel free to contact us for our recommendations and, if necessary, what vitamins, supplements or minerals you may need to address these deficiencies. First Century Christianity in the 21st Century! 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