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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:08 PM

Why Government Spending Is Not Out of Control (Reagan/Bush advisor Bruce Bartlett)

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/01/25/Why-Government-Spending-Is-Not-Out-of-Control.aspx#page1

It is a standard talking point of Republicans and deficit hawks of all political stripes that federal spending is out of control; that major surgery is needed, especially on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, to get the budget on a sustainable course.

In fact, our long-term deficit situation is not nearly as severe as even many budget experts believe. The problem is that they are looking at recent history and near-term projections that are overly impacted by one-time factors related to the economic crisis and massive Republican tax cuts that lowered revenues far below normal.

Taking a longer-term view, such as that in a recent Treasury Department report, shows that our longer-term fiscal problem is in fact quite manageable.

As the chart below illustrates, federal spending ballooned in fiscal year 2009 mainly because of what economists call “automatic stabilizers” – programs already in law such as unemployment compensation that rises whenever a recession occurs. Spending rose from 20.7 percent of the gross domestic product in fiscal year 2008 to 25 percent in 2009.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/01/25/~/media/Images/Inline/2013/01/01252013_Spending_Chart.ashx

Republicans would have us believe that all of this resulted from Barack Obama’s policies, but this is simply a partisan lie. Fiscal year 2009 actually began on September 1, 2008, and was based on the budget that George W. Bush submitted in January 2008.

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http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/01/25/Why-Government-Spending-Is-Not-Out-of-Control.aspx#page1

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Response to swag (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:14 PM

1. Wow ...

Bartlett is gonna get kicked out the party!

Wait a minute, nevermind ...

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:21 PM

2. What do you bet ...

this will NOT be featured on fox or drudge or hannity?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:48 PM

3. No cray here. It will not penetrate the RWNJ filter bubble, you're right.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:15 PM

4. k/r

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Response to swag (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:44 PM

5. If you are on Facebook send Bruce a friend request...

very lively status updates

http://www.facebook.com/bruce.bartlett

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