Terry Jeffrey

In exchange for agreeing with one another to borrow an additional $2.1 trillion in the name of American taxpayers, Obama and Boehner agreed to cap the amount of increase in future federal spending -- when, possibly, both of them could be out of office.

Tellingly, the CBO began its explanation of what the Obama-Boehner deal might mean for future deficits with the word "if."

"If appropriations in the next 10 years are equal to the caps on discretionary spending and the maximum amount of funding is provided for the program integrity initiatives, CBO estimates that the legislation -- apart from the provision related to the joint select committee -- would reduce budget deficits by $917 billion between 2012 and 2021," said CBO.

"In addition, legislation originating with the joint select committee, or the automatic reductions in spending that would occur in the absence of such legislation, would reduce deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over the 10-year period," CBO continued. "Therefore, the deficit reduction stemming from this legislation would total at least $2.1 trillion over the 2012-2021 period."

Then CBO added this warning: "Those amounts are relative to CBO's March 2011 baseline adjusted for subsequent appropriation action."

Bottom line: The Obama-Boehner budget deal would not cut spending, it would cut the size of anticipated future deficits based on the deficits the government was already planning to run based on legislation already enacted.

And that, too, would change if new legislation were enacted.

Even so, the Obama-Boehner deal would not cut spending in the long-term over even the mid-term.

In March, the CBO published an updated "baseline" for it budget projection, incorporating the spending caps from the deal. It showed that spending would indeed dip from $3.627 trillion this year to $3.580 trillion next year -- a drop of 47 billion. After that, it would increase in each of the next nine years, eventually hitting $5.520 trillion in 2022.

Under the Obama-Boehner deal, the budget would never be balanced and the debt would increase by another $2.887 trillion over the next decade.

But Obama was not satisfied with that. This year, he introduced a fiscal 2013 budget that would have reversed the debt deal's caps on increased spending.

"Over the 2013-2022 period," CBO concluded in its analysis of Obama's proposal, "the cumulative deficit that would result from enacting the president's budget -- $6.4 trillion (or 3.2 percent of GDP) -- would be $3.5 trillion larger than the cumulative deficit projected under current law."

When Obama told the people in Waterloo, Iowa, this month that he would make sure government did its part to reduce the debt, it was not a $1 trillion lie. It was a $3.5 trillion lie.

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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