Hey, big spender

Don't believe media hype over Obama's supposed frugality

The intelligentsia in Washington and the
national media have suddenly burst into a robust debate over whether the Earth is flat.

Well, the modern equivalent, anyway: Whether Barack Obama is a big spender.

Really? Aren’t we just proving the adage that figures don’t lie, but liars figure?

The debate erupted like spits of hot lava when a left-wing writer propounded, “Obama spending binge never happened,” and that he’s the most frugal president since Eisenhower.

All evidence to the contrary.

Of course the Obama administration instantly grabbed onto the claim and called White House reporters lazy for not seeing it, and the president termed Republican warnings about federal spending a “cowpie of distortion.” But in truth, that’s one of the biggest lies our government has ever told us.

Financial experts of all political stripes can tell you federal spending is rising and unsustainable. The facts demonstrate Mr. Obama is a huge spender.

One of the tricks being used to fool you into thinking otherwise is this: They’re assigning spending from the first nine months of 2009 to President Bush – even Obama’s huge $1 trillion “stimulus” boondoggle – because it happened in a fiscal year that began during Bush’s term. What naked chicanery!

In addition, as The Washington Post’s Fact Checker notes, “in every case, the president wanted to spend more money than he ended up getting” from Congress. So he actually wanted to spend more. And he’s already added $5 trillion to a $10 trillion debt.

Fact Checker gives the Obama administration “three Pinocchios” – the symbol, of course, of bald-faced lying. The truth, the paper says, is that under Obama spending has increased at three times the rate of inflation.

As a percentage of gross domestic product, Fact Checker notes, federal spending has risen from about 20 percent historically to nearly 25 percent under Obama – “highs not seen since the end of World War II — completely the opposite” of the Eisenhower claim.

We’re not sure we have seen a more disingenuous narrative coming out of the White House in decades.

Three Pinocchios is just the start. The Earth is not flat.

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