Trump made 30,573 false or misleading claims in four years

“We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world…Powered by these policies, we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

FACT CHECK:

This is Trump’s favorite false claim, so there should be no surprise he said it twice in his farewell address. (In this database, we only count a falsehood once per venue.) By just about any key measure in the modern era, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton presided over stronger economic growth than Trump. The gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in 2019, slipping from 2.9 percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2017. But in 1997, 1998 and 1999, GDP grew 4.5 percent, 4.5 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. Yet even that period paled in comparison with the postwar boom in the 1950s or the 1960s. Growth between 1962 and 1966 ranged from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent. In 1950 and 1951, it was 8.7 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate reached a low of 3.5 percent under Trump, but it dipped as low as 2.5 percent in 1953. (After the novel coronavirus tanked the economy, Trump jacked up his claim even more, falsely saying it had been the greatest economy in the history of the world.) This marks the 493rd time that Trump used a variation of this line, meaning he said it on average every other day.

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Grumpy parents take out anger over invalid Groupon offer on Xmas Grotto staff


Grotto staff Ellie Rushton, Robert Briggs, Donna Parks and Jazzmin Ullah

Foul-mouthed parents verbally abused Santa’s elves and fairies at a Christmas grotto when they heard their Groupon deal promising a magical Christmas train ride was invalid…

Penny Ward, who organised the grotto, was shocked when almost 2,000 families turned up with vouchers from the discount website Groupon, which had mistakenly sent an email to customers saying that there would be a train ride around the winter wonderland.

When parents discovered there was no train ride, and the queues to the grotto became so long that their children couldn’t get in, some parents began swearing at staff, who were dressed as elves, fairies and a Christmas tree.

Penny said: “One man even verbally threatened the lady who is dressed as a Christmas tree.

One of the elves was so upset that she has resigned. It was a complete nightmare. Children were crying and upset.”

Organiser Penny said most of the abusive parents had come down to the grotto in York with their vouchers from Newcastle during last weekend’s St Nicholas Fayre, a popular Christmas market in the picturesque city…

Penny had agreed to use Groupon’s services to publicise the grotto but maintains that she never said there would be a train ride…

A Groupon spokesman said: “Owing to a technical error, we apologise that the picture and wording used in this promotion may have indicated that a train ride was available at York Winter Wonderland when this wasn’t the case. We regret any disappointment this may have caused.

Of course, that did a lot of good – especially for the Grotto staff who had to put up with deranged parents and wailing weans.

Arrogant, abusive and disruptive — and a doctor

Hospital staff members blame badly behaved doctors for low morale, stress and high turnover. Recent studies suggest that such behavior contributes to medical mistakes, preventable complications and even death…

A survey of health care workers at 102 nonprofit hospitals from 2004 to 2007 found that 67 percent of respondents said they thought there was a link between disruptive behavior and medical mistakes, and 18 percent said they knew of a mistake that occurred because of an obnoxious doctor. (The author was Dr. Alan Rosenstein, medical director for the West Coast region of VHA Inc., an alliance of nonprofit hospitals.)

Another survey by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit organization, found that 40 percent of hospital staff members reported having been so intimidated by a doctor that they did not share their concerns about orders for medication that appeared to be incorrect. As a result, 7 percent said they contributed to a medication error.

Every nurse has a story about obnoxious doctors. A few say they have ducked scalpels thrown across the operating room by angry surgeons. More frequently, though, they are belittled, insulted or yelled at — often in front of patients and other staff members — and made to feel like the bottom of the food chain. A third of the nurses in Rosenstein’s study were aware of a nurse who had left a hospital because of a disruptive physician.

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