Since it’s impossible to have an adult conversation between the two sides of the aisle with the divisive House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan deeming Obama as a ‘failed President’ let’s look at some actual facts for a change.
After Rex Nutting’s column for the financial website MarketWatch went viral, PolitiFact scrutinized the author’s claims. The article titled, “Obama spending binge never happened” delved into data on federal spending patterns comparing them to recent Presidencies. Nutter concluded, contrary to the tax-and-spend stereotype of Democrats — President Barack Obama has actually presided over the smallest increases in federal spending of any recent president.
The Facebook post said that Romney is wrong to claim that spending under Obama has “accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history,” because it’s actually risen “slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.”
We found that Obama has indeed presided over the slowest growth in spending of any president using raw dollars, and the growth on his watch was the second-slowest if you adjust for inflation. The math simultaneously backs up Nutting’s calculations and demolishes Romney’s contention. The only significant shortcoming of the graphic was that it failed to note that some of the restraint in spending was fueled by demands from congressional Republicans. On balance, we rated the claim Mostly True.
Last April on Paul Ryan’s congressional website he made a striking claim that President Obama has doubled the size of government and for that, his partisan pants caught on fire. Mitt Romney’s assertions were demolished, like a train running through a cheap trailer.