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Clinton’s Math

In response to a question about Lance Armstrong and cancer research last night, Hillary Clinton said “It’s just outrageous that under President Bush, the National Institutes of Health have been basically decreased in funding.”

The NIH budget in 2001: $20.4 billion

The NIH budget in 2007: $28.6 billion

An eight billion dollar increase. Maybe it all depends on the meaning of the word “basically”.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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