It’s Not A Cut If It Costs More

Most “Chanting Points Memos” refer to Minnesota issues.

But this is not only an issue for all of us – but it’s one where the Minnesota media and leftyblog clacque have been chanting especially aggressively.

One tweeted “Obama is doing the biggest budget cuts (as percent) since Eisenhower. What do #teabaggers have 2 say?”

I say what I usually say when lefties claim to have done the right thing; it’s just not true

Conn Carroll at Heritage has the story:

Since President Barack Obama was sworn into office total entitlement spending has grown 4%, total discretionary has soared 16%, and the national debt has exploded 43%. Over that same time the United States economy has lost 3.3 million jobs. President Obama cannot be blamed for the most recent recession, but he certainly can be held accountable for the failure of his deficit spending policies in response.

As Krauthammer noted yesterday, the “cuts” are only cuts from the last budget’s “porkulus-inflated spending.   After the cuts, Health and Human Services spending is up 30% or more since their already-inflated Bush-era numbers.  And those numbera are not anomalies in the budget.

Carroll notes that Obama “cut” discretionary spending using three gimmicks:

  • Redefining Pell grants as mandatory spending. Stripped of this gimmick, discretionary spending jumps by $14 billion in 2012.
  • Reclassifying $54 billion of surface transportation spending from discretionary spending to mandatory spending.
  • Spending the peace dividend. The budget proposal includes spending for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, referred to as “overseas contingency operations,” as discretionary spending and reduces funding for these operations by $38.2 billion in 2012.
  • If you live in a district with a GOP representative – the 2nd, 3rd, 6th or 8th, and maybe the 7th dependong on which way the wind blows – you might wanna contact them.  Obama’s budget needs to get sent, bleeding, to palookaville.

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