For those who still want to try to believe this, let me outline a few of the facts:
- Most of a President's first year is overseeing the executive branch that is using a budget from the previous administration. Many on the left will characterize it as Obama inheriting President Bush's budget. While it is true that Bush signed the budget, the budget is a creation of the Congress. If one looks at the budget proposal that Bush sent to Congress in February 2008, it called for a 3% increase in federal spending. The result of the federal budget process - after it made it through the democrat-controlled House and Senate pushed forward a budget that called for a 17.9% increase in federal spending. After a budget is passed, appropriation bills are allocated and the democrat congress only passed 3 of the 12 appropriation bills (which President Bush signed) and President Obama signed the remaining 9 after they passed in 2009.
- President Obama pushed for a supplementary spending bill for FY2009 to the tune of $410B.
- The debt grew from somewhere in the neighborhood of $4-5T (depending on who you ask and when you count it as the end of one administration and the start of the other) to presently over $16T. There is no way that the "smallest federal spender" can have a $12T effect on the debt without having significant spending problems.
- President Obama's last two federal budget proposals hit the floor of the Congress with a thud, both receiving ZERO votes. Not even one from his own party.