Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Kerry's #'s Don't Add Up

An interesting analysis of the Kerry campaign attack ad assertion that over $200 billion has been diverted from after school programs and the like to pay for the Iraq war. The DNC also has a similar ad using the same figure.

However, The Annenberg Public Policy Center now summarizes that "...Kerry takes liberties with the facts..." According to their research, Kerry is overstating the cost by up to $80 billion. They go on to say that by exaggerating the cost, he is "...straining for effect and going beyond what the facts will bear."

It seems like Sen. Kerry not only suffers from issue "bipolarity" but also "fact inflation disorder." This sounds like a scare tactic to me and is just another example of the "tactic projections" the Kerry campaign employs.