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“Every year of my presidency, we have reduced the growth of non-security discretionary spending – and last year you passed bills that cut this spending”

This is a meaningless phrase. All he is saying is that annual discretionary budget authority (not actual outlays) excluding: A) defense, B) homeland security, and C) any and all supplemental bills from defense to Katrina to agriculture to veterans, have grown by a little less than the 15% growth rate that occurred in the year 2000. Not a remarkable accomplishment

The reality is that discretionary outlays are up 48% since 2001. Even excluding defense, homeland security, and Katrina, they are up 33%.


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