On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Obama spoke to the Associated Press, saying his budget prevented disaster. Obama, focusing on Ryan’s proposed budget cuts, said they mean Americans will be dying from starvation and defenseless from hurricanes and other natural disasters. So let’s examine what he said:
- Nearly 10 million college students would see their financial aid cut by an average of more than $1,000 each.
- There would be 1,600 fewer medical grants; research grants for things like Alzheimer’s and cancer and AIDS.
- There would be 4,000 fewer scientific research grants, eliminating support for 48,000 researchers, students, and teachers.
- Investments in clean energy technologies that are helping us reduce our dependence on foreign oil would be cut by nearly a fifth.
- Over 200,000 children would lose their chance to get an early education in the Head Start program.
- Two million mothers and young children would be cut from a program that gives them access to healthy food.
- There would be 4,500 fewer federal grants at the Department of Justice and the FBI to combat violent crime, financial crime, and help secure our borders.
- Hundreds of national parks would be forced to close for part or all of the year.
- We wouldn’t have the capacity to enforce the laws that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the food that we eat.
- Cuts to the FAA would likely result in more flight cancellations, delays, and the complete elimination of air traffic control services in parts of the country.
- Our weather forecasts would become less accurate because we wouldn’t be able to afford to launch new satellites, meaning governors and mayors would have to wait longer to order evacuations in the event of a hurricane.
Obama continued, “… there is no secret plan or formula that will be able to protect the investments we need to help our economy grow.” Isn’t it ironic that he would use the words “economy grow” since we are still waiting, after over three years of his policies, to see the economy grow?
But he forgot (on purpose?) to mention that Ryan’s budget resolution cuts would still allow deficits to increase by $5.5 trillion over the next ten years. That’s bad enough, but at least it’s not $6.4 trillion over the same period.
As a candidate, Obama said that one cause of the economic crisis was the large deficits the country was running, and he promised that he would correct that by cutting government spending. Obama promised that the stimulus spending was going to be temporary, but he now tells us that not only can’t this spending be trimmed, it must be increased dramatically. Remember?
But what did we actually get? Obama ran up the largest increases ever in government spending and the largest deficits ever, even larger than those the US ran in the worst part of World War II. He blamed the spending increases and deficits under Bush for the economic problems we were facing. He tried to blame Bush for his profligate spending. Just one week after the 2008 election, Obama began talking about an up to a $500 billion stimulus. A week later, Larry Summers told the AP that the amount should be between $500 billion and $700 billion. In the end, it turned out to be $825 billion.
So if Obama’s actual track record is contrary to what he said, why should we believe anything he says? What are you going to believe, what he says or your own lying eyes? And, have you noticed that Obama tends to understate his budget and deficit figures while overstating his future growth estimates? So that $6.4 trillion deficit could actually be much larger, while Ryan’s deficit estimate was not based on estimates.
But that’s just my opinion.