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This Year’s Deficit Is Not the President’s Fault
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This Year’s Deficit Is Not the President’s Fault

The narrative that an “Obama spending spree” caused our deficit problem is utterly false.

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The federal budget deficit will again exceed $1 trillion this fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday. That news is sure to trigger another round of condemnations from politicians and pundits who have a political or ideological interest in pinning these deficits on the domestic spending policies of President Barack Obama.

Unfortunately for them, yesterday’s report—along with dozens of other similar CBO reports in recent years—actually proves the opposite—that the current deficit is overwhelmingly the result of two factors: events that occurred before President Obama took office and tax cuts.

In fact, higher spending under Obama accounts for less than 20 percent of this year’s deficit, and nearly half of that was additional defense spending—not domestic spending. Bottom line: The narrative that an “Obama spending spree” caused our deficit problem is utterly false.

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