The country faces a serious problem. We’re starting to reach the point where long-delayed, painful financial decisions cannot be put off much longer; we’re all out of later. The future is now, in most of the worst ways.
And as we try to discuss the best way to rectify this financial mess, our head of state continues to state things that simply aren’t true. It’s not a matter of spin, it’s not a matter of interpretation; he simply is saying that 2 + 2 = 5.
Speaker Boehner’s office lays it out:
President Obama tonight repeated a claim about his job-destroying budget that has already been discredited by independent voices as “not close to being true” and “literally not true.” Here’s what the president said during a one-on-one interview with WCPO-TV Cincinnati’s Carol Williams: “My budget freezes spending for five years, and what that does is it solves the short-term problem by saying, we’re not going to spend any more money than we’re taking in.”
Here’s a fact: in every year of the President’s budget, the federal government would spend more than it takes in. It’s all laid out in the White House’s own budget tables:
“At no point in the president’s 10-year projection would the U.S. government spend less than it’s taking in,” ABC News reported the day the budget came out. After the president made a similar claim in his news conference earlier this week, FactCheck.org evaluated the claim as “not close to being true, even assuming that the president’s budget is enacted exactly as proposed and all economic assumptions turn out to be accurate.” One budget expert, Robert Bixby of the non-partisan Concord Coalition, told McClatchy, “It’s loose rhetoric. It’s literally not true.”
The administration’s solution to the problem is to insist that it’s not a problem.