Right-Wing Claims About Spending Under Obama Are Completely Wrong – And That’s a Problem

The Cassandra Files

Talk to anyone on the Republican side of the aisle this election cycle, and you will hear one thing over and over (and over, and over….) Namely, you’ll hear how “out-of-control” spending is killing the country’s economy and that it’s all Obama’s fault. This plays into the two great dreams of the Republican Party: 1) to get rid of Barack Obama, and 2) to slash government spending, and with it, the size and scope of government itself. Unfortunately for those spinning this tale, those pesky things called facts are getting in the way:

As you can see from the chart to the right, government spending under Obama, including his signature stimulus bill, is rising at a 1.4% annualized pace — slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.  The big surge in federal spending happened in fiscal 2009, before Obama took office. Since then, spending growth has been relatively flat. Here…

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