Re: Obama’s ‘Wildly Inaccurate’ Claim about ‘Domestic Spending’

More Hyscience Aug 1, 2011, 6:58 pm

Jeffrey H. Anderson writes (emphasis mine):

In his remarks on the debt ceiling deal, President Obama said, “The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years….The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was president.” This claim is utterly false, as domestic spending has actually gone through the roof. How, then, can Obama make it? He simply chooses not to count any of the major categories of domestic spending — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and (soon) Obamacare — as part of “domestic spending.”

istorical Tables (see tables 1.3 and 3.1) tell a very different story than Obama does. Some of the initial $917 billion in proposed spending cuts over the next decade (and likely far more of the $1.5 trillion in subsequent cuts) would come from defense. But even if that weren’t true, even if not one dollar of the initial $917 billion in cuts were to come from defense, it would still be true that non-defense spending — almost all of which is domestic — would be higher throughout the next decade, even as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), than during any pre-Obama year in American history.Continue reading here.

Anderson later points out in his piece that if Obama had actually told the truth in his remarks on the debt ceiling deal, he would have said, “Under this agreement, domestic spending will remain higher

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  • Description: Jeffrey H. Anderson writes (emphasis mine): In his remarks on the debt ceiling deal, President Obama said,