Obama Didn’t Raise Spending. In Other News, “Black” is Now Being Referred to as “White”

Rex Nutting, writing for Marketwatch, posits that the Emperor’s clothes are in fact Fabulous and we are only pretending not to see them:

What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress. The president only begins to shape the budget in his second year. It takes time to develop a budget and steer it through Congress — especially in these days of congressional gridlock.

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.

Ah. Well that makes reasonable se….WAIT A MINUTE

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA (Pub.L. 111-5) and commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act, is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009 and signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama.

To respond to the late-2000s recession, the primary objective for ARRA was to save and create jobs almost immediately. Secondary objectives were to provide temporary relief programs for those most impacted by the recession and invest in infrastructure, education, health, and ‘green’ energy. The approximate cost of the economic stimulus package was estimated to be $787 billion at the time of passage, later revised to $831 billion between 2009 and 2019.

I suppose that the new media strategy is to argue that this did not happen.


2 thoughts on “Obama Didn’t Raise Spending. In Other News, “Black” is Now Being Referred to as “White”

  • And what are you trying to say? Shall we look at the facts?

    The annulized increase in Federal spending under Obama has been 1.4. Less then half of that under the last Democrat Bill Clinton (3.4 & 3.9 in his two terms respectively).
    Reagan- during his minor recession? 8.7 . Dropping to 4.9 in his second term. bush Sr? 5.4 . Bush Jr? 7.3 in the first term and 8.1 in his second (and yes- that 8.1 is with the 2009 stimulus shifted to Obamas numbers.

    So- you were saying?

    • Yeah thanks; I read the same fascinating statistics in the linked article. Why you think bringing them up again would convince me is something of a mystery. What’s that line about the definition of insanity again?


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