June 08, 2012
I missed this infographic before. In a word: yes.
Obama and the Democrats have been extremely dishonest in discussion of the budget and deficits and debt. They blame Bush for FY2009 spending that the Democrat majorities in Congress passed, Bush rejected, and Obama signed into law. They then take credit for the economic improvements over the same time period.
And don't even get me started on the fact that even FY2008 -- which was also a huge increase in spending over previous budgets, one of the greatest single-year non-war spending increases ever -- was the first Democrat budget in more than a decade.
We can debate whether the spending was good or bad. But the fact is that when the Democrats came into office in 2006, with their first budget, spending skyrocketed, and when Obama came into office, it went much, much, higher.
The last Bush / GOP Congress deficit (FY2007) was $160.7B. Spending was $2.73T, 19.7% of GDP. The last budget Bush signed (FY2008, one year later), with Democrat majorities in both houses, was a deficit of $458B, and $2.98T (20.8% GDP) in spending. We're currently at an estimated FY2012 deficit of $1.33T, on $3.8T (24.3% GDP) in spending.
Even if you take the spending Bush proposed in FY2009 as Obama's baseline ($3.11T), it was still far, far lower than what Obama and the Democrats actually spent that year.
And to top it all off, the recent slight decreases in spending a. were probably inevitable given how high Obama and the Democrats had pushed spending in the first place, and b. further inevitable because the Republicans took control of the House.
To say Obama has not dramatically increased spending as President, or -- worse -- that the Democrats are not the ones who have actually massively increased spending since taking Congress in 2006, is just insane.
Again, we can argue about whether the spending was good or bad. But to say Bush or the Republicans are more to blame for the increase is just lying. Facts are stubborn things.
Posted by pudge at June 08, 2012
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1. And now they are saying: Look over there, it's Europe. Leftists will blame anyone and everyone but themselves for the economic malaise.
2. Europe has nothing to do with how much we spend. Recessions can affect revenues, but only the direct choices of government affect spending.
Obama had the nerve to repeat this lie in a fundraiser with Bill Clinton:
Even when it comes to their big issue, the deficit and the debt, as President Clinton just mentioned, you know, the truth is that the two presidents over the last 30 years, 40 years, who had the lowest increases in government spending, you are looking at them right here. They're on this stage.
4. All this spending and taxmagedon is looming.
Out here in DC there was a great little blurb on the radio about WARN notices. All the big Defense contractors (including Boeing) are already looking at their calendars and are begining the process of counting backwards from Jan 1 2013. Assuming 60 days notice, the estimate is that most will come out in October, and by most, I mean thousands.
Liberals consider facts to be impediments to their grand schemes. For example, according to the bleeding hearts, the end of the free ride zone means there will now be large groups of homeless permanently stuck downtown because they can't get on a bus to go anywhere, thus depriving them of dignity, basic human rights, etc., etc. However, at no time in any of the reports I saw via the usual news sources did anyone say there will be X number of people directly affected by this change because they have been tracking this systematically for x months. No, instead we get "we need to spend millions to transport the homeless to Harborview" now that the free ride zone will end. The fact Harborview has always been out of the free ride zone is not the point (though there is a Harborview clinic downtown near the YWCA).
What is missing during all the spending discussions at local, state, and federal levels is the notion not to spend more than you take in. That means taking a hard look at priorities instead of blaming past admininstrations or grumpy taxpayers for the huge gap between revenues and outflows. Facts are the real inconvenient truth for the libs.
6. So yes--they're still on their "We want all the power and none of the responsibility" kick. They seem stuck on that theme.
Thanks for stating the facts in plain English for the math-challenged leftists to be able to comprehend.
Bush certainly did not help matters much even though he pales in spending by comparison to Owebama.