- The Washington Times - Friday, August 23, 2002

Remember the Democratic Party's "Medi-scare" campaign in 1995? It blamed the newly installed Republican-controlled Congress for attempting to cut Medicare spending by $270 billion over seven years in its balanced-budget plan. Democrats were so unrelentingly demagogic in their "Medi-scare" campaign that even The Washington Post editorial page found it necessary not once, but twice to describe the party as a collection of "Medagogues."

At the time, Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour ran an ad in which he promised to pay $1 million to anyone who could demonstrate the falsity of this statement: "In November 1995, the U.S. House and Senate passed a balanced-budget bill. It increases total federal spending on Medicare by more than 50 percent from 1995 to 2002 based on figures from the Congressional Budget Office."

Mr. Barbour's statement was unassailable. As this page pointed out in October 1995, between 1995 and 2002 annual Medicare spending would increase from $158 billion (1995) to $244 billion (2002). This $86 billion increase represented a 54.4 percent increase.

Amazingly, dozens and dozens of Democratic "Medagogues" actually challenged Mr. Barbour's straightforward, indisputable assertion in futile attempts to collect the money. Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat, actually filed a lawsuit in an effort to collect the $1 million. This week, an appeals court threw out the case.

Applying simple arithmetical calculations, a judge confirmed that there were no Medicare cuts. The Democrats had lied. In fact, their entire demagogic campaign was based on lies, a conclusion that now has been confirmed by court judgment.

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