Remember the flap when the Bush administration surprised us with the news that their Medicare program was going to wind up costing at least $150 billion more than they admitted when they were trying to get it passed in Congress? Yesterday Knight-Ridder broke the news that Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary for Medicare, had come up with accurate estimates long before the bill came up for a vote, but was threatened with dismissal if he disclosed those estimates. A crooked bunch of liars indeed.

Update: The Center for American Progress has a whole list of people they claim were dismissed or threatened with dismissal by the Bush administration for telling the truth. I’m not going to link to it because it’s a PDF and these clowns need to learn to publish this stuff in a non-hostile format. Oh, alright.