Factchecking Palin, By Hilzoy - CBS News Good speech but two problems: very little substance she told a lot of lies Palin actually slashed funding for schools for special needs kids by 62%. Palin: "this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate." A couple of Obama's accomplishments in the Senate. They include the Lugar-Obama bill on nonproliferation, and an ethics reform package that the Washington Post called "the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet. Palin: "America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it." No -- he plans to develop a lot more energy than John McCain does. It's just that a lot of it is renewable, not carbon-based. Moreover, Obama hasn't skipped the last eight votes on renewable energy. She said Obama will raise taxes. Most Americans will pay less in taxes under Obama's plan than under McCain's. So they might well be better off. Palin: "I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves." This is a lie. Whether or not Sarah Palin's engaging personality matters more than the fact that she tells lies depends a lot on the media, and whether they allow her to say that she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, or that Obama has neer authored a major law or reform, without calling her on it. I hope they do. But I'm not holding my breath.