Figures Don’t Lie: Democrats Do

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It’s been breaking news all over MSNBC, liberal blogs, newspapers and even The Wall Street Journal: “Federal spending under Obama at historic lows … It’s clear that Obama has been the most fiscally moderate president we’ve had in 60 years.” There’s even a chart!I’ll pause here to give you a moment to mop up the coffee on your keyboard. Good? OK, moving on …This shocker led to around-the-clock smirk fests on MSNBC. As with all bogus social science from the left, liberals hide the numbers and proclaim: It’s “science”! This is black and white, inarguable, and why do Republicans refuse to believe facts?

Ed Schultz claimed the chart exposed “the big myth” about Obama’s spending: “This chart — the truth — very clearly shows the truth undoubtedly.” And the truth was, the “growth in spending under President Obama is the slowest out of the last five presidents.”

Note that Schultz also said that the “part of the chart representing President Obama’s term includes a stimulus package, too.” As we shall see, that is a big, fat lie.

Schultz’s guest, Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston confirmed: “And clearly, Obama has been incredibly tight-fisted as a president.”

Everybody’s keyboard OK?

On her show, Rachel Maddow proclaimed: “Factually speaking, spending has leveled off under President Obama. Spending is not skyrocketing under President Obama. Spending is flattening out under President Obama.”

In response, three writers from “The Daily Show” said, “We’ll never top that line,” and quit.

Inasmuch as this is obviously preposterous, I checked with John Lott, one of the nation’s premier economists and author of the magnificent new book with Grover Norquist: Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future.

(I’m reviewing it soon, but you should start without me.)It turns out Rex Nutting, author of the phony Marketwatch chart, attributes all spending during Obama’s entire first year, up to Oct. 1, to President Bush.That’s not a joke.That means, for example, the $825 billion stimulus bill, proposed, lobbied for, signed and spent by Obama, goes in … Bush’s column. (And if we attribute all of Bush’s spending for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and No Child Left Behind to William Howard Taft, Bush didn’t spend much either.)

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  • Ken

    Liberals and Progressives lying to save their collective butts?!? Shocking!!! NOT!!!

  • Stephan

    One could argue that fiat money is worth nothing so Obama spend nothing.

  • David Cay Johnston

    This post displays an astonishing disregard for empirical facts, among them labeling me a Democrat.

    Had Ms. Coulter bothered to look for provable facts — a Bing, Google or other Internet search only takes seconds — she would have known that I am a longtime registered Republican.

    David Cay Johnston

    • theleastthreat

      I know what the title of this article states but don't you think you may have read too much into that? That wasn't exactly a labeling of you. Or an astonishing disregard for empirical facts. She did point you out as a Reuters columnist though or was that incorrect? Is describing President Obama as incredibly tight-fisted, something you didn't say or mean? So what else did she get wrong?

    • Rifleman

      You're a longtime registered Republican? So was arlen spectre. So what's your excuse for falling for such an obvious con job?

    • Beagle

      So your takeaway from this is Ann Coulter called you a Democrat?

      Being so absurdly factually wrong as to make the now-famous NC teacher look like James Madison would seem to be more a concern.

      You REPORT for a living?!

      I'm literally staring at the computer and shaking my head speechless.

    • moshe

      A long time registered RINO infiltrator, you mean, right?

  • tagalog

    Sadly, the Republicans can't claim much on the financial credibility front, either. I heard on the news some commentary on the Republican push for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Well, that's fine, but first we have to have a budget; where's the Republican push for the Constitutionally-mandated federal budget that's been missing for the past 3 and a half years? I know the Democrats find it in their interests to duck actually doing what they're Constitutionally obligated to do, but the Republicans don't have that excuse.

    • theleastthreat

      Not to make excuses but, the Republican controlled House did come up with a budget. And, for two of those 3.5 years, both houses of Congress were controlled by the Democrats. During the Bush years, there was an incredible amount of spending too but that doesn't mean we have to like it then or now. As for a Constitutional amendment to balance the buget, then every time there is a deficit, (and that has been basically every time), the easiest way to balance the budget would be to raise taxes. Does anybody want taxes to go up every year?

    • Roger

      We need competent leadership.
      Anyone like McConnell or Boehner needs to be retired and replaced.

      If Newt could balance the budget it's possible. We just have the wrong people in place.

      • Reason_For_Life

        Newt didn't balance the budget. Neither did Clinton. The budget was balanced because the American people increased their productivity and produced wealth faster than the government could spend it. If you look at the numbers you'll see that the economy grew at almost 4% per year while the government only grew at 2.5%.

        Once the feds realized there was more money to steal they started borrowing knowing that the effects would not be experienced right away.

        Don't give politicians credit for your hard work, and that goes for Republicans as well as Democrats.

        • Roger

          And someone wrote those budgets, Newt and his staff.

          Let's compare him to Boehner, shall we? Was Newt out golfing with Clinton before each capitulation?

          • civics101

            The President writes the budget. Newt was not president. Clinton was. Therefore, Clinton wrote the budget and congress approved it.

          • Roger

            During the state of the union address the president submits a budget proposal.
            But that's not the real budget, it's his 'suggested' one. The House is where all spending legislation starts and the speaker sets that agenda.

            What does all that mean? The speaker gets to call the shots in spending. Newt did that to balance the budget.

  • StephenD

    Ms. Coulter, to use Grover Norquist as a quotable expert is foreboding to me. He has proven himself to be a shill for the Islamic cause and eventually will side with the push for Sharia which is diametrically opposed to our Constitution. Norquist should be forever a Persona Non Grata in the Republican Party regardless of how “fiscally conservative” he appears.

    • Rifleman

      If I'm not mistaken, she's busted on ol grover a few times before. I wouldn't read too much into it.

    • davarino

      Exactly what I was going to say. This guy is a non person to me.

  • Indioviejo

    Ms Coulter, when you mention Grover Norquist are you forgeting his Muslim brotherhood connection and his closet Islamism? We made a similar mistake in WWII and had the Soviets as allies which cost us a forty year cold war. This time we face an existential threat, so we can't treat his infiltration litely.

  • Beagle

    So you can have your own facts?

    I actually had to check to make sure it wasn't April First or that I clicked the Onion.

    The crazy is strong in them. This reminds me of all the recalculations they've made on the inflation rate and ignoring persistent unemployment. By 1970s standards, when the 'basket of goods' included more food and less notebook computers, our inflation rate is up around 10%.

    Amazing how the Left always manages to really stick it to the poor. Like the proposed food tax, as regressive a tax as could ever be created.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Watch You Tube of United Muslim Brotherhood invades Tampa to re-elect Obama.

    ISLA AUGUGST 31 thru SEPTEMBER 3 ISLA Convention in Washington DC.

    Obama recently gave 1.5 billion of our hard earned tax dollars to The Muslim Brotherhood.

    http://youtube// Ip4t0is1_Eo

    BHO "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinians."

  • kong.ming

    In one of the last scenes of Casino Jack, Kevin Spacey let's loose on Republicans and their horrible grafting consisting of tens of thousands of dollars.

    Barney Frank, whose homosexual lover sat on the board of Fannie Mae, and Chris Dodd, whose name appeared on a list of friends of Angelo ex Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozillo, for years attacked anyone who pushed for reform on GSEs as racists trying to kick minorities out of their homes. Years after they caused Americans to loose over $7 trillion they disclose they lied about their subprime exposure much more than any investment banker, yet they got immunity and charge the taxpayer $1,800/hr in attorney fees if anyone tries to reign in their drunken bureaucratic spending.

    Obama routinely talks about what he inherited, yet he was part of this corrupt Democratic Senate since 2004 and before that argued in court in support of ACORN and government backed subprime lending. If you wish to be accurate on the cost of the Democratic big government blunder, created solely based on the nightly news running a list of the children George Bush killed today, add in the $7 trillion.

  • mrbean

    Democrats offered no plans – NONE. ZERO. – to deal with the fact that Medicare will be bankrupt and collapse in 2016. That is less than five years away. But it’s actually much worse than that. For example, as recently as December 2010, the estimate was that it would go bankrupt “as early as 2017,” according to CBS reporting. Which is to say that it is going broke a lot faster than the experts have been anticipating; and it easily could go broke by 2014 instead of 2016. And Obama has no plan. He has completely abdicated any leadership whatsoever. He offered a budget that was so ridiculous (it would have added $12 trillion to the debt) that not even ONE DEMOCRATS would vote for it. It failed 97-0 in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Just how massive a failure is Obama? And since then he has offered NOTHING but fearmongering and demonization.

  • greatj not a news network.M.S.N.B.C. is a propaganda,misinformation operation controlled by Obama and the Democratic party.They will say and do anything to get Obama reelected.All of their so/called news casters are indoctrinated to attack all Republicans and Conservatives.They are hateful and a disgrace to cable news

  • Rifleman

    This goes along with why the dp hasn't allowed another budget to pass since then, to lock in that record spending on their '09 supermajority priorities. It's kind of a permenent stimulus for their donors and other constituents. I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a GOP supermajority to pass another budget.

  • Reason_For_Life

    "Rex Nutting, author of the phony Marketwatch chart, attributes all spending during Obama’s entire first year, up to Oct. 1, to President Bush.That’s not a joke."

    No, it's not a joke, it's completely accurate since the money was spent on George Bush's budget which ended September 30, 2009.

    The real fraud, as opposed to Coulter's usual half-witted criticism, is that the big expense was the TARP, which was supposed to be a one-shot fix for the banking industry. The budget was to return to pre-TARP levels in 2010 but Obama increased spending to a level over and above the TARP.

    Obama, on a per year basis, is the biggest peace time spender in American history. If the TARP is excluded, Obama raised spending from 21% of GDP to 24%. That increase was accomplished in a mere three years. George Bush, the previous record holder, took 8 years to increase expenditures from 18% to 21% of GDP.

    Coulter, who belongs in a home for washed up political hacks, gets the argument wrong and makes Obama's opponents look stupid, when it's Obama that should be taking the hit for the massive increases in spending that have paralyzed the economy and made recovery virtually impossible.

    There is nothing worse than a bad argument for a good cause. Coulter excels in making these.

  • sedoanman

    Ann has fallen into the classical Democrat trap; they make a crazy claim, and Republicans all go off and waste time on research to prove them wrong. Writes Dr. Sanity"

    "To counter the Narrative [say] that 'REPUBLICANS ARE CRAZY' you do not immediately offer evidence that a psychiatrist has documented you are sane. Once you do something like that, it is too late: you have already accepted the left's faulty premise and are battling on their postmodern turf. You will not be able to score. As I pointed out in a previous post STOP ALLOWING THE LEFT'S RHETORICAL STRATEGIES TO DEFINE THE DEBATE on why the Democrats always seem to win the name-calling contests:

    "Not because they are actually correct or have truth on their side; not simply because they have the media referees on their side, but because they always set the ground rules and they always insist on playing in their home court.

    The 'war on women' meme is not real, that is, it has no reality. Neither is the charge of Republicans being 'anti-Black' or racist; or anti-poor. These memes are just a few of the ongoing, politically correct rhetorical strategies adopted by Democrats and the progressive postmodern left in general, to achieve their ends.

    "There is no desire for rational argument on the Democrats' part because Truth is not the objective of their rhetoric. Stephen Hicks in his book quotes Frank Lentricchia, a noted Duke University literary critic. 'Postmodernism,' says Lentricchia, 'seeks not to find the foundation or conditions of truth but to exercise power for the purpose of social change [emphasis mine].'

    "Postmodern rhetoric explicitly rejects truth, and because of this those who use it are completely indifferent to consistency and dismissive of reason.Hence they tend to loathe rational debate and make sure that any discussion of issues plays out with their rules.

    "The only way to counter these postmodern political narratives is to destroy the premise on which it is founded. I would say something like: 'How DARE you sir/madam insinuate that I am crazy/racist/homophobic/sexist/stupid, when your own behavior [insert behavior here] is evidence to the fact that YOU are the one obsessed with [insert insult here]. You are engaging in psychological projection as a way of denying a painful reality about your own policies. The real issue that needs to be discussed is the failure of the Democrats on the economy/international relations/etc etc [and lay out your argument].'

    "In other words, refuse to play on their soggy postmodern turf and get back to reality."

    [Emphasis in original]

    — Dr. Sanity,