On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host and DC gun law violator David Gregory asked Obama if he sees himself as accountable for Washington’s inability to come to a suitable compromise on the over-sensationalized “fiscal cliff,” a term that the media and Washington have been using to scare Americans into accepting more socialism. Obama responded that he’s got a track record of cutting spending. In fact, he claimed to have cut $1 trillion last fiscal year alone. He stated, “Well, I have to tell you, David, if you look at my track record over the last two years, I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011. I campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way, in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy while keeping middle class taxes low.”
The problem is, the numbers tell a different story. As reported by CNS News, Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget show no overall cuts in spending:
“According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal spending was not cut by $1 trillion in 2011. In fact, in fiscal 2010, federal spending was $3,456,213,000,000. In fiscal 2011, federal spending was $3,603,213,000,000. That was an increase of $147 billion. While President Obama did not cut federal spending by $1 trillion in 2011, he did increase the debt by more than $1 trillion in that fiscal year. In fiscal 2011, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the federal deficit was $1,299,595,000,000. That was up from a deficit of $1,293,489,000,000 in fiscal 2010.”
Increase, decrease, what’s the difference? In this case, well over a trillion dollars.
Math was never my strong suit. But you don’t have to be a mathematician to compare two figures and calculate what the difference is. In 2010, the spending figure was over $3.4 trillion. In 2011, the figure was over $3.6 trillion. 3.6 is larger than 3.4. Therefore, there was an increase, not a decrease, much less a $1 trillion decrease.
Of course, I didn’t have the benefit of a government education like many in Obama’s administration. Maybe there’s a new way to do subtraction these days that I’m not aware of. Or maybe he got mixed up between “spending cuts” and “national debt increases,” because he did increase the national debt by $1 trillion in the same fiscal year.
Either that, or Obama’s just not telling the truth.