Republicans lie about "explosion of spending" under Obama

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    While giving the Republican Response to the State of the Union, Mitch Daniels repeated the lie about how government spending grew under Obama:

    "In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt."

    Well, that is a blatant lie. Here is how the spending really increased:

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    As anyone can see in the chart above, the government spending grew under Obama at the same rate they were growing under Bush's 8 years. There was an uptick in 2009 (that was the stimulus package), but since then there was no increase at all.

    It is true, that the budget deficit exploded ten-fold around the time when Obama moved to the White House. But the reason for that were falling tax revenues as the economy tanked in the end of 2008 -- not an increase in the spending.

    So why respected Republican leaders -- and not just Tea Party nuts -- keep repeating such an obvious lies? That is a good question, but it speaks a lot about the state of US democracy.
     
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    Republicans lying? I find that hard to believe. They are so honest and truthful. Remember all the WMD's we found in Iraq? Remember "Jobs Jobs Jobs"? Remember how they help the "Middle Class"?

    You don't remember? Funny, neither do I.
     
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    So the President hasnt borrowed more money in three years than all the time from George Washington to Bill Clinton?
     
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    The lie is not about borrowing. It is about spending. US government had to borrow more to make up for the lost tax revenue. If it didn't, it would have to cut dramatically the spending on things like military and social security. And such a cut would be self defeating anyway, because it would further depress the economy and the government revenues.
     
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    Translation: We blew a Trillion plus hole in the deficits our first year and we've been holding steady ever since. We even got our first ever credit downgrade
     
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    Budget? Wussdat? We don't need so stinking budget! We're Democrats!
     
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    Well, at least you are not surprised at the fact that Republican leaders treat you as an idiot ;)
     
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    And by the way, Reagan borrowed more money than all presidents before him. So even by this measurement Obama is doing no worse than the greatest Reagan of all times ;)
     
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    How much is OIRA paying you? :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Our fucking spending was too fucking massive and too linked to borrowing and deficits BEFORE the One became President.

    The ONE just jacked it up faster than others.

    Nonetheless, the out of control massive spending DID get jacked-up enormously by the Obama Administration and the dumbed-down and intentionally misleading "chart" cannot even conceal that fact.
     

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