And that settles the question, right? Because, in the new world’s glorious Declarative style of governing, what Obama says he’s doing is what counts; never mind the facts.
Well, let’s try on a few facts:
- Obama’s budget proposes a further 2.5% increase in federal spending, after some years of increases.[**]
- Despite all the talk about budget cuts this year, we have not seen a year-on-year reduction in federal spending.[**]
- “The budget projects a deficit for the current year of $973 billion, falling to $744 billion in 2014. Those would be the first deficits below $1 trillion since 2008.”
- But in FY2008, when Bush ran a budget deficit of $438 billion, Obama called that “unpatriotic”.
Don’t get me wrong: Obama had kind of a point, in 2008. A point which should be applied doubly now, to him.
Hypocrisy alert level Red (Severe): Obama also declared that “Our economy is poised for progress as long as Washington doesn’t get in the way.”
Hmm… What law could Obama be implementing right now that puts businesses in a quandary, making it tougher for them both to plan and to hire people? What could it be?
[**] NB: These points were overstated in the original version of this post; I regret the error. Actual federal spending grew through the 2000s, peaked in 2009 (the Obama “stimulus” budget – thank you, RH at comment #9), declined in 2010, and has increased again since 2010. The increases have been smaller than GDP growth, so that federal spending has declined since 2009 as a percentage of GDP; while still remaining, at 22% of GDP, higher than in the Clinton-Bush era.