In comparison to 'Slick Willie' or 'Teflon Reagan' Bush has, so far, gotten away with some incredible and outright lies.
How have they gotten away with it? Here's the pattern: a official in the cabinet makes the claim on a Bush-friendly media outlet, further statements are then made by other members in the cabinet supposedly supporting the claim without outright validating the claim, and once certain reports have gotten around to invalidating the claims Bush himself then comes out and in some manner separates himself from those claims. Usually, he disavows himself of those false assertations by either claiming the information provided was erroneous or blaming some crooked third-party source that was acting completely independently of his administration.
Here's a rough list of some of the doozies:
Bush's administration deliberately excluded data that would have shown that their new Medicare plan would cost $540 billion, one third larger than the original estimate of $400 billion, in proposing the plan before Congress.
An article from the New York Times that details the tax plan and the erroneous estimate:
'Bush's Aides Put Higher Price Tag on Medicare Law' - By Robert Pear, the New York Times
This article details the deliberate attempt to mislead Congress about the Medicare proposal's costs:
'Bush administration ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld' - By Tony Pugh
We have all heard the arguments back and forth on the Bush administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had untold piles of weapons of mass destruction that could be used against American interests at any time. Much of the current controversy revolves around whether or not the administration deliberately forged or distorted intelligence to support their WMD claims.
However, one of the strongest pieces of evidence that the Bush administration knowingly lied has been overlooked. Before the American public and the UN Security Council the Bush administration produced documents that they knew were fake alleging that Saddam Hussein had purchased high quality uranium from Nigeria.
A timeline produced by ABC News that shows how the false information of the Nigerian purchase traveled through to the White House. Notice that the CIA determined that the information was not at all credible quickly yet the administration continued to push this information as a selling point for their end goal of getting to Saddam Hussein for over a year after the CIA's initial analysis. Also notice that the envoy that they sent to investigate these claims, Ambassador Wilson, admits that the administration distorted the fake evidence to suit their needs.
'Evolving Untruths - A Timeline: How Did False Evidence Make It to the President?'
A Slate article detailing more about the mystery behind who originally forged the Nigerian documents. The real interesting point of this article is the details it relays on poor the forgeries were, naming people as Nigerian officials who had not been in power for decades. This evidence just further emphasizes how quickly the CIA determined that these documents were fake and how willing the Bush administration was to use false evidence to reach their goals:
'Follow That Story: The Nuclear Whodunit, Part 4 - Who forged the uranium documents that bamboozled the U.S.? A chronology.' - By Jack Shafer
Iraq Was Involved with al Qaida
This was a claim made by many of George Bush's underlings, though not by George himself. Most adament in this claim was Dick Cheney who made very direct statements supporting this apparent administration claim. But as the smoke has cleared from the fall of Saddam's government we're finding out there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim. Many sites that support the president continue to insist that there was evidence of collaboration but they often cite only internal administration memos. After the weapons of mass destruction fiasco, we all know how accurate those intelligence memos are. What's most galling about this lie is that with pressure from the international community and the '9/11 Report' many of those same Bush officials who supported this lie initially now openly admit that there is 'no' evidence of any connection between Saddam and al Qaida.
The initial claims made by the White House of collaboration:
'Rice: Iraq trained al Qaeda in chemical weapons'
Pretty much all those who've made the claim, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Wolfowitz for instance, have since have since disavowed themselves of these claims.
A report detailing the 'flip-flopping' the Bush administration has done on these claims:
"Rumsfeld: Iraq/al-Qaida remarks 'misunderstood'" By Simon Jeffery