Facts? Facts are for communists!
Before I tried to parse this whole Patrick Hynes column, I came upon this bit.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans below 125% of the poverty line was 21.3% when Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society war began in 1966.

The Great Society “war” on poverty began in 1966? Really?

Because it is right, because it is wise, and because, for the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty, I submit, for the consideration of the Congress and the country, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

The Act does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done.

It charts a new course.

It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.

– Lyndon Johnson, March 16, 1964

I think I’m going to write a column about how Bill Clinton triggered the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1993.

UPDATE: Heh. I made the mistake of reposting this on Hynes’s blog, and he and his commenters go on a tear against me (I’m alternately called a “geek” and a “dickhead”). In Hynes’ defense, I went out of my way to say his stuff was “worthless” as long as it contained factual gymnastics like this, which was rude. I really have nothing against him – snarky-and-oft-misguided commentary on articles is what this blog does. (“Does best”? Let’s stick with “does.”) I get called on it all the time. Usually my critics use more grown-up insults than “dickhead,” though.

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