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Home  Aggregator    So, Just Whose Budget Is It That's 'Antithetical' to US history?  77794

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In his roughly 45 minute hyper-partisan, incredibly dishonest, diatribe lambasting Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, Obama called Ryan's plan, among other things ... "a Trojan Horse" ... "thinly veiled social Darwinism" that is "antithetical to our entire history," and even had the chutzpah to say, "I am not exaggerating," "These are facts" ... as he, ahem, not only 'greatly exagerated' - but outright made sh*t up as he went along.

Unfortunately for Obama, people actually do such things as fact checking, it's not too hard to do these days, and as usual, Obama's speech has been found to be riddled with misleading statements, contradictions, elisions, and distortions. Paul Ryan's own response to Barack Obama's speech against his "Path to Prosperity" budget clearly exposes the president's deceitfulness.

Today, Conn Carroll specifically addresses Obama's claim that Ryan's budget is "antithetical to our entire history." ... and as you might expect, the claim is 100% bogus:

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[...] According to the Historical Tables produced by the White House Office of Management and Budget, spending as a percentage of gross domestic product under President Clinton (1993-2000) averaged 19.8 percent and never went above 21.4 percent in 1993. Under President Bush (2001-2008) it averaged 19.6 percent and never went above 20.8 percent. In fact, since demobilization after World War II (1947-2011), spending as a percentage of GDP has averaged 19.7 percent and reached a record 25.2 percent in 2009.

ts about our federal government's spending history. Now lets compare the Obama and Ryan budgets going forward as scored by the Congressional Budget Office. As the chart above shows, under the Obama budget, federal spending stays far above the post-WWII 19.7 percent average, never falling below 22 percent, and sloping upwards sharply at the end of the ten year window.

By contrast, the Ryan budget cuts spending from 23.4 percent in 2012 to a low of 19.3 percent in 2018, before rising to 19.8 percent in 2022. Over a 10-year span, federal spending as a percentage of gdp averages 20 percent under Ryan's plan. That it is higher than the post-WWII historical average.One's left wondering if anyone in the WH ever bothers to look stuff up; on the other hand, given the WH's record of being less than truthful, it appears that one could correctly conclude that truth and facts simply don't matter to them - they either naively don't expect their claims to be checked or they simply don't care ... believing that if they say a lie enough times, people will come to believe it.

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