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david | Tue, May 22, 2012 1:23 PM EST
Great read from a MarketWatch columnist on the spending spree that wasn’t.
Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”
Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.
But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.
Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has.
Read the whole thing. Also noteworthy: the second- and third-lowest rates of spending growth in the last 30 years belong to President Clinton’s first and second terms, respectively. Remarkable.