Carly Fiorina’s Truthiness

Russ Choma wrote an excellent article on Carly Fiorina’s habit of making precise claims which turn out to be false.

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Excellent article, but you missed one. “Ronald Reagan got rid of the the 55 mph national speed limit, he deregulated trucking and the airlines, that’s the last time it happened.” is false. Trucking and airlines were deregulated by Carter


The Motor Carrier Act of *1980* partially deregulated the trucking industry, dramatically increasing the number of trucking companies in operation.[17] … The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 *established*a federal minimum for truck weight limits, ”

Asterisks mine. Note deregulation under Carter. The only reference to the Reagan years s the reference to the introduction of a new federal regulation.

“The Airline Deregulation Act is a 1978 United States federal law intended to remove government control over fares, routes and market entry (of new airlines) fromcommercial aviation.”

It may be GOP dogma that Reagan was (among many other things) the great deregulator. However, in actual US history Carter deregulated more than Reagan.