HolyCoast: Washington Post Fact Checks Obama's Spending Claims

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Washington Post Fact Checks Obama's Spending Claims

And finds they're pretty much all hot air:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread belief, President Barack Obama is tightfisted with taxpayer dollars. To back it up, the administration cites a media report that claims federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since the Eisenhower years.

"Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said at a campaign rally Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The problem with that rosy claim is that the Wall Street bailout is part of the calculation. The bailout ballooned the 2009 budget just before Obama took office, making Obama's 2010 results look smaller in comparison. And as almost $150 billion of the bailout was paid back during Obama's watch, the analysis counted them as government spending cuts.

It also assumes Obama had less of a role setting the budget for 2009 than he really did.
Read the rest of it here. Obama tries to have it both ways - blaming Bush for spending he didn't do and claiming credit for cuts that aren't going to happen. The Market Watch analysis that Obama has been touting is full of crap.

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