Well, the press actually did its job for once. New reports from “market watch” of the Wall Street Journal, a notably liberal newspaper, have come out showing that under President Obama, spending has actually grown at a slower rate than under any president in the modern era. By a long shot.
That’s right, while Obama’s spending grew at 1.4% rate, his predecessor, Bush, increased federal spending by 7.3% in his first term, and then 8.1% in his second. Coming in first place for increasing government spending is actually the revered Republican God, Ronald Reagan. He increased spending by 8.7% during his first term as president.
What may surprise people most, is that in fact, according to the data, under the two Democrats in the modern era, Clinton and Obama, federal spending increased at the lowest rate. The average rate of increase during their 3 combined terms is 2.83%, whereas the under Republican Presidents since 1980, federal spending has increased by an average of 6.88% per term.
Anyway, here’s the link and I’ll put the chart below so you can see for yourself.
But, all in all, this just shows that the attempt of Republicans to smear Obama as a socialist at the head of a massive wave of government spending is just a complete and utter lie. Indeed, if Tea Partiers and Republican voters were really concerned about the federal deficit and out of control spending, they should be voting for Democrats.
What this chart really demonstrates is three things: 1) that the whole concept of Republicans being responsible stewards and advocates for small government is perhaps the biggest farce ever perpetrated upon the American people, 2) that the press, by and large, has done a horrible job reporting the facts about how our government is being run, and 3) that the Tea Party movement is nothing more than a collection of hypocritical, gullible, idiots, who’ve been manipulated by the right wing to do their bidding like a bunch of no-nothing ninnies.
Oh, by the way, just to show you how far gone these right wing “journalists” are, check out Lou Dobbs (http://mediamatters.org/
Now it is your job, dear reader, to report the truth, and to blast anyone that you hear saying Obama has been running up the debt. Show them the chart, show them this blog post. This is one of the key lies Republicans are trying to get away with during this election, and we have to hold their feet to the fire.
Obama has spent less than anyone since Dwight D. Eisenhower. That is a fact. And any claim otherwise is a horrifying lie.