Conservative Fantasy World
Posted by Jeff Condon on March 17, 2012
On the last thread Kevin O’Neill left this post.
Conservatives live in a fantasy world. Their myths are etched in stone and actual facts can never sway them from their beliefs.
For instance: “Per Capita Government Spending by President: Ranking since Johnson (starting in 1968), and using the first-quarter comparisons, and calculating growth under Obama through 2011Q4, Clinton is the most austere, followed by Obama. The most spendthrift are (1) Nixon-Ford, (2) Reagan, and (3) Bush II. ”
Now, can a conservative deal with those facts? No. They stick to their myth that liberals are the big spenders. Yet history tells us that Democratic Presidents have been *far* more fiscally responsible than Republicans.
Kevin left an unsourced link to a chart which doesn’t seem to match federal budget data. Whether his graph is true or not, spending increases are not the same as deficit spending which is America’s true problem. When you can’t pay your bills, his point is a non-sequitor. If we actually had the money to pay for Obama’s programs, we would be having an entirely different discussion. Either way, as one of those ‘fantasy world’ conservatives. it seems necessary to take a few minutes to correct the record.
From the budget of the US government, the data is easily downloaded. I still wish more people would look at the data themselves rather than trust some leftist newspaper or even a blog. I may have made some mistakes here after all.
Below is the budget deficit by President. I wonder if anyone (on the left) can see any differences?
Now there are all kinds of things wrong with the federal numbers. Certain Military spending and the economic bailouts for instance are not included. Obama has actually spent far MORE than what is shown here. This economic bailout is a post for another blogger but if you are a liberal, and haven’t explored the nature of Obama’s theft and redistribution of wealth under the guise of a bailout, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
I am not a Bush fan, because he was also too liberal with the cash, except when I think of how much better than Obama he was. Bush was not clean with the bailout cash either.
Now to be slightly more fair to Kevin’s claim, I need to do this graph again. This is way off topic from his bogus Obama oil arguments of the last post, it is also NOT related to the problem of ‘deficit’ spending. Kevin’s graph was actually near fraudulent in its presentation it doesn’t recognize that increasing the US federal government has been a long standing problem. Bush Jr, had a
democrat liberal spending house and senate, from a conservative perspective, his job was to mitigate damage which he did not do very well. Obama had two friendly houses to deal with – lets see what happened.
We know that revenue for business and individuals has dropped since 2008. In the face of that tightened budget, our wise Keynesian friends did what?
Spending dramatically more in the face of reduced income is like flying by lifting up on your ankles. If you want to see the TRUE motivation behind the tea party, this next plot makes it awfully clear.
During Obama, we have gone insane. At this point we are approaching 2X our tax revenue for items ON the budget. Two friggin times! And it is us conservatives which are Naive???
We have got to shrink this insane spending and I don’t care what you put in office, Obama has to go. We cannot play these games for any length of time.
And that plot doesn’t include the BAILOUT money distributed to unions and Obama’s liberal friends. This is money that we didn’t need to spend 3 years ago. Money we don’t have.
Obama is in a league of his own. And whenever a liberal tells you that this particular extremist government is somehow ok, think back to these plots of the government data. Think about the massive scale of the hidden money not included in these plots. Think about how much better off we would be if we would unshackle our own industry. If we removed the ever more onerous environmental, and regulatory restrictions on business. If we revamped tax codes to be flatter and fairer so all pay and corporations again want to operate in the US.
The title of the post should be “Don’t be st000pid” but far too many are confused on these matters. Hell nearly half the country seems to think Obama is doing a fine job. I’m just going to continue on in my fantasy world – with the data.