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Obama press secretary believes fiscal conservatives are lazy, slothful

Posted: May 24, 2012 at 10:50 am   /   by

“Do not buy into the B.S. that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.” – Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary


Ah yes, food stamp usage has gone up 70% under President Obama, yet it is the fiscal conservatives who are lazy and slothful.

Products that can be obtained using food stamps. Photo credit Preston Romero @PrestonGOP


“This is from MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting,” Carney said, noting that it was “BIG IDEA No. 2” for POLITICO’s Ben White. “‘He says, ‘“Of all the falsehoods told about …President Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree. … [I]it didn’t happen.”

Carney, with a smile, then expounded on the idea – on the tough situation Obama faced when he took office, on the president’s “significant fiscal restraint.”

“That is a fact not often noted in the press,” Carney said, “and certainly never mentioned by the Republicans.”

And as long as we’re making value judgments, it seems appropriate to point out the dishonesty of Carney’s statements.

Until Barack Obama took office in 2009, the United States had never spent more than 23.5% of GDP, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1946. Here’s the Obama spending record:

– 25.2% of GDP in 2009

– 24.1% of GDP in 2010

– 24.1% of GDP in 2011

– 24.3% (estimates by the White House ) in 2012

What’s more, if Obama wins another term, spending—according to his own budget—would never drop below 22.3% of GDP. If that forecast is right, spending during Obama’s eight years in office would average 23.6% of GDP. That’s higher than any single previous non-war year.

Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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Obama press secretary believes fiscal conservatives are lazy, slothful