In the Nation (the left wing political rag whose editor does not know who represents her in Congress), David Corn writes:
September is back-to-school time, and Bush hit the road to promote his education policies. During a speech at a Nashville elementary school, he hailed his education record by noting that “the budget for next year boosts funding for elementary and secondary education to $53.1 billion. That’s a 26-percent increase since I took office. In other words, we understand that resources need to flow to help solve the problems.” A few things were untrue in these remarks. Bush’s proposed elementary and secondary education budget for next year is $34.9 billion, not $53.1 billion, according to his own Department of Education. It’s his total proposed education budget that is $53.1 billion. More importantly, there is no next-year “boost” in this budget. Elementary and secondary education received $35.8 billion in 2003. Bush’s 2004 budget cuts that back nearly a billion dollars, and the overall education spending in his budget is the same as the 2003 level.
Sounds damning, and some on the left rushed to link approvingly to this newest bit of evidence to add to the “Bush is a Liar” meme.
In summary, it is only through a combination of selective data and careful parsing of words that David Corn is able to exploit the habitual budgetary tricks of the federal government to call the President of the United States a liar. And his faulty conclusion has probably already caught on sufficiently that careful analysis of boring numbers will not prevent it from becoming “common knowledge.”
This is the Democrat strategery, and it started with the fabricated yellowcake ‘scandal.’ Simply make charge after charge about Bush being a liar, and don’t waste a second checking the facts. The idea is to just throw things up and hope they stick. When you are corrected, merely ignore the corrections, and wait a couple of weeks to re-surface the charge. By then it will be, as Justin pointed out, ‘common knowledge.’ The Democrats will know it is a lie, but they will keep saying it over and over again, because it might lead them to the only thing they care about- winning the White House.