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Resources on the Obama spending lie

Posted: May 25, 2012 at 11:15 am   /   by

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: We commentators on politics reflexively stay our hands before typing the word “lie.” We use euphemisms and synonyms, but we rarely use the actual word.

But honestly, what else do you call it when someone from MarketWatch creates a chart that attributes all of Obama’s spending from his inauguration through October 1st, 2009 to President Bush, and then the media report it as Obama being a more frugal president than any since Eisenhower?

But that is what is happening. Seriously. A guy comes along and gives Obama a pass on one of the biggest spending binges in U.S. history—literally taking it out of his column and placing it in the previous president’s—and the media trip over themselves to report it as fact. To add insult to injury, he moves the stimulus into Obama’s budget baseline (even though he didn’t attribute it to Obama) and that allows him to then claim that Obama’s baseline didn’t move much higher than that (already sky-high) figure. Insane.

It must be nice to falsify data to help your candidate and have the media report it as if it weren’t a colossal lie. Obviously that’s only something the left can get away with.

This idiocy is being debunked from a wide variety of sources. All of them are good, and any of them will give you the information you need to tell your friends, family, and co-workers at the water cooler just how much of a scam this is. I have decided to provide links to a number of them for your use.

Setting Obama’s “Great Fiscal Restraint Record” Straight

Barack Obama, Fiscal Conservative!

Figures don’t lie: Democrats do (Ann Coulter never seems to have trouble using the word “lie”)

Believe it. Obama’s A Big Spender.

MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting on Obama spending (infographic)


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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