What If….Obama’s Spending Was Not That Bad?


“…There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear. Why do people think Obama has spent like a drunken sailor? It’s in part because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the federal budget….”

I pride myself in attempting to be intellectually honest.  That is one reason I am so hard on conservatives and Republicans.  I think we should be better than liberals and Democrats.  Until recently, and the growing debacle with Mitt Romney, at least I thought conservatives and Republicans were better than Democrats.  Now though, I don’t think there’s much difference.  I am discovering that the right is as dishonest, and as intellectually reprehensible as is the left.

What is this is true?

“...Clinton and Obama, who both lost control of the federal purse strings to an intransigent opposing party halfway through their first terms, were comparatively hamstrung. Politically, this proved to be a much bigger problem for Obama than it was for Clinton — Obama, after all, inherited a historic financial and economic crisis. But Obama’s economy is finally picking up on its own, and just in time. This Congress isn’t about to give him a hand — and, for good measure, thanks to last year’s debt limit deal, Obama’s consigned to a continued downward trend in spending for the next couple of years at least…”

TPM has a headline that caused The Pink Flamingo to blink.  Obviously, it is partisan, right?

“…But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.

Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has.

Here are the facts, according to the official government statistics:

• In the 2009 fiscal year — the last of George W. Bush’s presidency — federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the Office of Management and Budget….”


So, I started asking a few questions.  This is the answer I received, slightly redacted to protect a few sources.

“…I am hearing it is true — one of ___ guys told me it is true.  I have been hearing this for days now after the DoD budget came out higher from the GOP House then the DoD needs or wants and higher then Obama’s.  In fact the GOP House is higher on almost everything then Obama asked for.  This goes along with wanting the economy in the tank to make Obama look bad and Romney look good in the one article I sent over the weekend. ..”

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Or are we not looking at things correctly?  According to James Pethokoukis, Obama is a big spender, but when you beak it down, he’s maybe 1.5% more a big spender.  That’s hardly a cause for demonetization.

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What bothers The Pink Flamingo is that I no longer trust conservative blogs, or pundits.  I certainly don’t trust FOX.  I’ve begun listening to Bloomberg for financial news.  This said, when you only find a few extreme right idiots such as Ann Coulter and the usual suspects trying to dispute these findings, I’m left with the possibility that maybe we’re not being completely honest about Obama.

What is do know is Mitt Romney will be just as bad, or possibly worse, if these stats are true.