On Friday, humorless "satire" site Empire News published an article titled "Congress Approves Bill That Will Offer Free Automobiles To Welfare Recipients," supplying elderly Facebook users with their weekly requirement of anti-Obama outrage.

According to the story, a new White House-sponsored "Obama Car" program will "offer free motor vehicles to welfare recipients" after being approved by Congress in a "narrow vote." Predictably, conservatives on social media completely lost their shit, and by Wednesday the article had been shared over 50,000 times.

But as you may have suspected, this story is totally false. Not only does such a bill not exist, even if one did, Congress could hardly have passed it during their current five-week summer recess.

Faced with such evidence, those who spread the hoax graciously conceded almost nothing.

Ironically, Obama's 2012 Republican opponent Mitt Romney did create such a program back in 2006. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney started the controversial Car Ownership Program, giving working welfare recipients free donated cars along with "one year's insurance, inspection, excise tax, title, registration, repairs and a AAA membership."

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