2009-03-13 Karl Rove's funny numbers
Karl Rove's funny numbers
The second "most read" story on the Wall Street Journal Web site Friday morning was a column by Karl Rove, "The White House Misfires on Limbaugh." It's a fascinating column in a number of respects -- not least the Alice-in-Wonderland quality of watching Karl Rove criticize someone else for politicizing the White House. But one paragraph jumps out.And among those [unpleasant realities] America now faces is Mr. Obama adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt in his first 20 months and 11 days in office, eclipsing the $2.9 trillion added during the Bush presidency's entire eight years.
Where in the world does that $2.9 trillion number come from?
When George W. Bush took office, the national debt was $5.66 trillion. When George Bush left office, http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np it was $10.62 trillion].