Matt Yglesias fisks George W. Bush

A little bit of fact checking on Iraq section of the acceptance speech.

Matt does a job on the entire Iraq section of the speech — it turns out that just about every syllable that wasn’t meaningless was false — but he’s especially good on the $87 billion:

The president proposed $87 billion in funding for the troops and for reconstruction. John Kerry voted for a proposal to finance this by rescinding some of Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.

The president said that if such a bill passed, he would veto it. Kerry said that if the bill came up without the amendment, he would vote against it.

So Kerry’s position is this — we should only spend the money if we have the money to spend in our treasury. Bush’s position is this — we should only spend the money if doing so does not imperil the fortunes of the highest income Americans; moreover, I plan to use this as a bludgeon with which to beat up my political opponents by lying about their records.

We’ve seen a few vile smears in this speech and a few lies — now we have the quintessential Bushian moment, a lie in the service of a vile smear. It’s a smear that, moreover, was repeated over and over and over again throughout the disgusting display that was the Republican National Convention.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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