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Obama Disowns Deficit He Helped Make

What’s this? Some actual real life fact checking from the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer – Wed Apr 29

WASHINGTON – "That wasn’t me," President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One. It actually was him — and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years — who shaped a budget so out of balance.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

Obama met citizens at an Arnold, Mo., high school Wednesday in advance of his prime-time news conference…

A look at some of his claims Wednesday:

OBAMA: "Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn’t me. Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since the Great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps. So you’ve got a lot of Republican economists who agree that we had to do a stimulus package and we had to do something about the banks. Those are one-time charges, and they’re big, and they’ll make our deficits go up over the next two years." — in Missouri.


Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, and it was under Democratic control for Obama’s last two years as Illinois senator. Obama supported the emergency bailout package in President George W. Bush’s final months — a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger

The economy has worsened under Obama, though from forces surely in play before he became president, and he can credibly claim to have inherited a grim situation.

Still, his response to the crisis goes well beyond "one-time charges."

He’s persuaded Congress to expand children’s health insurance, education spending, health information technology and more. He’s moving ahead on a variety of big-ticket items on health care, the environment, energy and transportation that, if achieved, will be more enduring than bank bailouts and aid for homeowners.

The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimated his policy proposals would add a net $428 billion to the deficit over four years, even accounting for his spending reduction goals. Now, the deficit is nearly quadrupling to $1.75 trillion.

OBAMA: "I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the (disease) prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road. … If we’re making those investments, we will save huge amounts of money in the long term." — in Missouri.

THE FACTS: It sounds believable that preventing illness should be cheaper than treating it, and indeed that’s the case with steps like preventing smoking and improving diets and exercise. But during the 2008 campaign, when Obama and other presidential candidates were touting a focus on preventive care, the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned that "sweeping statements about the cost-saving potential of prevention, however, are overreaching." It said that "although some preventive measures do save money, the vast majority reviewed in the health economics literature do not."

And a study released in December by the Congressional Budget Office found that increasing preventive care "could improve people’s health but would probably generate either modest reductions in the overall costs of health care or increases in such spending within a 10-year budgetary time frame."

OBAMA: "You could cut (Social Security) benefits. You could raise the tax on everybody so everybody’s payroll tax goes up a little bit. Or you can do what I think is probably the best solution, which is you can raise the cap on the payroll tax." — in Missouri.

THE FACTS: Obama’s proposal would reduce the Social Security trust fund’s deficit by less than half, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

That means he would still have to cut benefits, raise the payroll tax rate, raise the retirement age or some combination to deal with the program’s long-term imbalance…

OBAMA: "My hope is that working in a bipartisan fashion we are going to be able to get a health care reform bill on my desk before the end of the year that we’ll start seeing in the kinds of investments that will make everybody healthier."

THE FACTS: Obama has indeed expressed hope for a health care plan that has support from Democrats and Republicans. But his Democratic allies in Congress have just made that harder. The budget plan written by the Democrats gives them the option of denying Republicans the normal right to block health care with a Senate filibuster. The filibuster tactic requires 60 votes to overcome, making it the GOP’s main weapon to ensure a bipartisan outcome. The rules set by the budget mean that majority Democrats could potentially pass health care legislation without any Republican votes, sacrificing bipartisanship to achieve their goals.

This is a nice antidote to our previous post about Mr. Obama’s ‘New Era Of Responsibility’ budget.

But isn’t Mr. Woodward putting his job with the AP at risk?

(Thanks to Franco for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Obama Disowns Deficit He Helped Make”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    “That wasn’t me,” President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, ..”

    No .. it wasn’t him. It was his evil alter ego, barack hussein obama (aka – o-blah-blah).

    What an idiot. And to think other idiots believe this crap. Good gawd.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Here is how Der Fuhrer sees this….. since he probably wasn’t there for the voting process, he can claim ignorance. Of course he was a senator for 2 years but campaigning takes its’ toll. Now we all reap this boobs economic disaster he did help place on our shoulders!!

  3. BigBad says:

    Remember Eddie Murphy RAW? The part about the cheating husband getting caught. “Hey wasnt me!” But I saw you walk out of her house! “Hey wasnt me!” Maybe it wasnt you.

  4. proreason says:

    His approach to life is that of an angry 8 year-old boy.

    Whatever the problem is, it wasn’t me.
    What do I want? – everything, all the time, all at once.
    Cross me and you will be punished.
    No ability to delay gratification.
    Disagree in any form and I will lash out.
    No self-control.
    Only my needs are important.

    • Gila Monster says:

      Pro, you just recited the liberal commandments and unfortunately, our schools and universities are indoctrinating our children with the very same mindset.

      Heaven help us….

    • canary says:

      Strange thing Obama said in a bizarre tone, (no teleprompter) at recent MO
      townhall meeting, was that the one thing he was actually a conservative on, was children doing their homework. It was strange the way he said it, as if he disagreed on anything else that might be considered a conservative issue, and as if liberals don’t believe in making kids do homework. Also, there he is in a highschool, and he said after maybe 10 or 15 years of good service, a teacher should get a financial bonus of some kind. Course he also said bad teachers should be fired. All this after teachers unions supported him with out taxpayers money.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    So the Democrats took the “nuclear” option?

    They should be careful, they might get what they want.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Obama: ‘Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit,…that wasn’t me’. So now we have a $4 trillion deficit, that one’s all your doing Mr. President. ‘Number two, there is almost uniform consensus among economists that in the middle of the biggest crisis, financial crisis, since The great Depression, we had to take extraordinary steps.’ Yeah, like showing your fellow Americans what a bunch of controlling ***holes you and your party have become by seizing much of the private sector. I’ll be getting an annual refresher of the government at it’s inefficient best within half an hour. It’s time to renew my vehicle registration at the DMV and without fail I’ll be waiting in a long line and staring at the five open windows, wondering why the other five aren’t open. I’d have renewed it through the mail, but the DMV charges extra for that convenience.

  7. proreason says:

    Let’s hope Rush is right about this:

    “RUSH: Now, I want to give you an analogy here to what’s happened. I gave you one analogy yesterday that you get married and you know within a month that you’ve made a mistake, but you don’t dare start thinking divorce — and you wouldn’t dare tell anybody that. “Oh, my gosh, I goofed up here. Ah, I can’t do this.” So you stick it out. Well, that’s where a lot of Obama voters now are. “

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I do hope that he’s right. It does take a certain amount of character for a person to admit they were wrong. But if enough people start saying it, it becomes a “movement” and people start saying, “Oh I felt that way all along”.

      Perhaps that’s one lie I could live with.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit…. That wasn’t me.”

    (Which is why I took steps to triple that debt, thus making the original debt go away. I wished it into the cornfield)

    Honestly….the crap that’s in his brain comes unfiltered out of his mouth. I’m beginning to think that half the nation took some sort of pill that makes all the gray matter dissolve and replaces it with a microchip.

    It’s un(f***ing)believable.

  9. pinandpuller says:

    I could no sooner disown the deficit than I could my own grandmother…

  10. caligirl9 says:

    This might not be the perfect thread for this, and for now I have to be sort of vague …
    I work as an editor, and I’m working on cleaning up a transcript of a public school event that is sponsored by a federal agency.
    One of TOTUS’ cabinet members attended and offered welcoming remarks. In the near decade I’ve worked on this transcripts of this event, I have never read such politicized remarks directed at young teenagers. I promise to share those remarks once the transcript is published.
    I am inclined to edit the remarks out, because they were totally off-subject, talking about TOTUS’ budget and plans for saving the nation, but I have asked the person who put together the event this year—a raging Dem—if I may de-politicize the transcript. Bet she tells me to leave the remarks as is.
    I promise to share more when I can. Rush, if you are reading this, don’t talk about it yet!

  11. dodgeboy27 says:

    In retrospect, I am sure Mr Woodward can find work elsewhere. Certainly he’s already been fired and one can only hope that his conscience doesn’t call for him to “commit suicide” or write a retraction in tomorrow’s paper.

    Time will tell

    • Barbie says:

      In retrospect, I am sure Mr. Woodward is residing in some basement, with electrodes attached to his ‘privates’ and being ‘stimulated’ to remember to never, ever criticize the ‘Messiah’ again.

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