"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard." -- H.L. Mencken
Monday, February 21, 2005
Another thing George Bush will never tell you. Bush is running around the country blaming lawsuits for driving up the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors. But the facts indicate otherwise:
But for all the worry over higher medical expenses, legal costs do not seem to be at the root of the recent increase in malpractice insurance premiums. Government and industry data show only a modest rise in malpractice claims over the last decade. And last year, the trend in payments for malpractice claims against doctors and other medical professionals turned sharply downward, falling 8.9 percent, to a nationwide total of $4.6 billion, according to data compiled by the Health and Human Services Department...
But these facts are inconvenient for business and for the goal of undercutting a fundraising source for Democrats, which is why you'll never hear them from Bush.
Monday, February 14, 2005
He's leaving a budget mess for others to clean up George Bush's budgets feature costs that will explode after he leaves office, explains the Washington Post:
Even if Bush succeeds in slashing the deficit in half in four years, as he has pledged, his major policy prescriptions would leave his successor with massive financial commitments that begin rising dramatically the year he relinquishes the White House, according to an analysis of new budget figures.
Whatever faults Republicans used to have, you could count on them for fiscal responsibility. But those days are long over.
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