"President Obama has repeatedly claimed that his budget would cut the deficit by half by the end of his term. But as Heritage analyst Brian Riedl has pointed out, given that Obama has already helped quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package, pledging to halve it by 2013 is hardly ambitious. The Washington Post has a great graphic which helps put President Obama's budget deficits in context of President Bush's
What's driving Obama's unprecedented massive deficits? Spending. Riedl details:
-President BUsh expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion!
-President Bush began a string of expensive financial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course
-President Bush created a Medicare drug entitlement that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new government health care fund.
-President Bush increased federal education spending 58% faster that inflation. President Obama would double it.
-President Bush became the first President to spend 3% of the GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already increased this spending to 20%.
-President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President would continue that trend.
-President Bush persided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which President Bush and Obama share responsibility for a additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama's budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016.
Many of Obama's defenders in the comments are claiming that the numbers above do not include spending in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush years. They most certainly do.
While Bush did not fund the wars through emergency supplements (not the regular budget process), that spending did not simply vanish. It is included in the numbers above. Also, some Obama defenders are claiming the graphic above represents biased Heritage Foundation numbers. While we stand behind the numbers we put out 100%, the numbers, and the graphic itself, above from the Washington Post. We originally left out the link to WaPo. It has now been added.
Of course, this Washington Post graphic does not perfectly deliniate budget surpluses and deficits by administration. President Bush took office in January 2001, and therefore played a lead role in crafting the FY 2002-2008 budgets. President Bush and Obama share responsibility for the FY 2009 budget deficit that overlaps their administrations, before President Obama assumes full budgetary responsibility begeinning in FY 2010. Overall, President Obama's budget would add twice as much debt as President Bush over the same number of years"
Of course, many left wingers would question the source of this material. All I can say is, we will visit this in 4 years and know the truth. So what say you? Are the numbers correct? If not, provide sources that dispute these numbers please.