Whose reality do we really live in?

“nine falsifiable claims in three sentences” provides Randall Hoven some raw meat in the political definition of the world we live in. His conclusion? How to Blame Bush: Lie.

James is a political consultant, and Blame Bush is a political strategy. Who am I to second-guess Mr. Carville on a matter in which he is expert? … Here is my tabulation of his claims regarding the Bush presidency.

Private health care spending grew an average of 6.3% per year from 2001 through 2008. That is an eight-year increase of 63%, not a doubling. More importantly, private health spending grew faster before Bush. In the last three years under Clinton, 1997-2000, it grew 7.9%, 7.1%, and 6.7%, respectively. In the 1980s, it grew 11.3% per year. In the ’70s, 12.1%. (HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. See NHE tables, Table 1.) In short, growth in private health care spending did not “double” under Bush, and in fact, it was lower under him than previously.

Two of the partisan memes that show up include the cost of the Iraq war and the Medicare part D. What the partisans sweep under the rug is the fact that defense is a primary duty of the government and its costs, even during the Iraq war, have been only a small part of the overall budget and the drug benefits (and the HSA idea which was also implemented with it) were efforts at preventive medicine to reduce Medicare costs overall.

As Hoven points out, there are many claims that are made that are almost laughably dishonest. But that only scrapes the surface because there is also the dishonesty in selective perceptions that leaves out many of the issues involved in real world decisions that don’t fit within the desired opinions.

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