Let’s Help Kerry Prepare for Tonight’s Debate

Kevin Drum notes five whoppers Bush told in the second debate and hopes Kerry’s staff comes with some clever responses before tonight’s debates. I’ll take a shot at whopper #2 as this one strikes me as really easy:

The deficit is solely the result of recession and war. Flatly untrue. It’s also the result of tax cuts and spending increases. George Bush just doesn’t like to admit it.

The deficit continues even as Bush himself has declared victory in the Afghan war and “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. Since Bush thinks the economy is doing great, why isn’t the budget back in surplus? Open thread on the other four whoppers.