In a Wall Street Journal Editorial today Karl Rove again repeats the falsehood that George W. Bush only added $2.9 trillion to the national debt over his 8 years in office. In fact, Bush added nearly $5 trillion to the national debt since he took office, essentially doubling it during his time in office. Rove has produced this $2.9 trillion figure on numerous occasions, and I have yet to see him being called on it. What's more, I've done some web searches and have yet to find any justification for this figure. Rove simply repeats the figure, no one calls him on it, and the show moves on. It's the classic Big Lie technique. I'm sure Rove has some disingenuous justification for his claim, but it's rather sad that no one has yet challenged him to produce it.