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Lie of the Day: Progressives Pretend Obama Isn't a Big Spender

Crispian Wrote: May 24, 2012 6:10 PM
A colorful analogy: Imagine a woman married to an abusive man. Over the course of 8 years, the violence escalates and takes a sudden rise at the end, before she finally divorces. Her next husband approves of her ex’s level of abuse and keeps it at its highest level for a time before ratcheting it down – though still well above the levels of abuse given by her ex for most of the marriage. Do you call the second husband a romantic? Those who contend that Obama is not a profligate spender are suffering from something analogous to battered person syndrome. Hopefully enough of us are willing to get out of this destructive relationship in 2012.
It made the rounds on the blogosphere. It got fact-checked by Politico. White House spokesman Jay Carney cited it. It's the latest left-wing talking point that President Obama has actually put a slow to the growth of government spending.

And it's completely false.

(This despite Politifact's "Mostly True rating. But who's surprised by that?)

Started by Rex Nutting at Marketwatch, the claim goes something like this:

Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the...