"... I checked with John Lott, one of the nation's premier economists and author of the magnificent new book with Grover Norquist: "Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future." (I'm reviewing it soon, but you should start without me.)
It turns out Rex Nutting, author of the phony Marketwatch chart, attributes all spending during Obama's entire first year, up to Oct. 1, to President Bush."
Now the libs will spew their hatred for Ann Coulter, or, as they like to call her, Mann KKKoulter, but they can't disprove the facts. Nutting...what an appropriate last name.
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen
The myth, debunked.
As the chart indicates, Nutting arrives at that 1.4% number by assigning 2009—when spending surged nearly 20%—to George W. Bush: “The 2009 fiscal year, which Republicans count as part of Obama’s legacy, began four months before Obama moved into the White House. The major spending decisions in the 2009 fiscal year were made by George W. Bush and the previous Congress. Like a relief pitcher who comes into the game with the bases loaded, Obama came in with a budget in place that called for spending to increase by hundreds of billions of dollars in response to the worst economic and financial calamity in generations.”
Let me complete the metaphor for Nutting: “Then as those runners scored, Obama kept putting more on base.”
Obama chose not to reverse that elevated level of spending; thus he, along with congressional Democrats, are responsible for it. Only by establishing 2009 as the new baseline, something Republican budget hawks like Paul Ryan feared would happen, does Obama come off looking like a tightwad. Obama has turned a one-off surge in spending due to the Great Recession into his permanent New Normal through 2016 and beyond.
Lets not let the facts get in the way of a good Myth..
""I'm running to pay down our debt in a way that's balanced and responsible. After inheriting a $1 trillion deficit, I signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law," he told a crowd of donors at the Hyatt Regency. "My opponent won't admit it, but it's starting to appear in places, like real liberal outlets, like the Wall Street Journal: Since I've been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years. Think about that."
This really is the Big Lie that the GOP depends on. Willard constantly repeats it and he either knows it's not true and doesn't care or he simply doesn't have a grasp of the facts.
Neither one reflects well on his fitness to be president.
"Truth" has a well known and commonly accepted liberal bias.
For some here, the alternative reality created and supported by the Republican Party, FAUX nooze, KochInc, etc, etc, (oh yeah, and don't forget good ol' Turd Blossom) is literally all they have.
This alternative reality must be maintained at all costs. Flooding the talk forums and internet chat rooms with this "reality" is but part of the process, performed usually gratis by the faithful.
It's sad, really, because you know they know better, but maintain the illusion anyway.
Who knows. Maybe someday, well into Obama's second term, one of them will falter and admit that yes, he knew it was all a lie, but that was part of the game.
The far-right-wing-nut is in a quandry. He must deny logic and truth to maintain his party, relying on that most illusive of human qualities, faith.
Logic vs faith... an ages old battle.
Which usually wins out?
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