Via CNS News Service:
Appearing on NBCs “Meet the Press” on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he cut spending by more than $1 trillion in 2011. However, the White House Office of Management and Budget says that federal spending increased by $147 billion from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011.
Host David Gregory asked Obama: “Well, you talk about dysfunction in Washington. You signed this legislation setting up the fiscal cliff 17 months ago. How accountable are you for the fact that Washington can’t get anything done and that we are at this deadline again?”
Obama responded: “Well, I have to tell you, David, if you look at my track record over the last two years, I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011.
According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal spending was not cut by $1 trillion in 2011. In fact, in fiscal 2010, federal spending was $3,456,213,000,000. In fiscal 2011, federal spending was $3,603,213,000,000. That was an increase of $147 billion.
While President Obama did not cut federal spending by $1 trillion in 2011, he did increase the debt by more than $1 trillion in that fiscal year. In fiscal 2011, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the federal deficit was $1,299,595,000,000. That was up from a deficit of $1,293,489,000,000 in fiscal 2010.
Commenter swtrainer said:
Herein lies the problem. We either have a president who can’t do the math or a president who just flat out lies…or both.
But there is actually a third option – since a reduction in the growth rate of spending in baseline budgeting counts as a “cut” – and Obama is probably talking about a 10 year reduction (just like in the fiscal cliff negotiations) it is entirely possible that what he says is accurate in Washington speak.
In reality, it is just another kind of lie.
We all know that David Gregory is one of the lap dogs of the fawning media and this is just continuing proof. There was no challenge, no meaningful followup questions to 1) define how the President arrived at that number and 2) get him to define how his “trillion” helps reduce the deficit or the debt in the face of the actual spending numbers from his own White House.