Here's the best way to put it, re: the OP's article...
Aside from stimulus spending, some of which was put in place under Bush, Obama has not seen an increased level of spending.
HOWEVER - this is important - without higher tax revenues or decreased spending, the government is seeing massive deficits year over year.
You can't really fault Obama for 'spending' - he's not nearly as bad as some would make him out to be - but you can certainly fault him for not getting enough bi-partisan support to forge deficit reduction policies.
Summary: He's not spending, but he's not getting tax revenues, either; in essence, he's not getting the job done in deficit reduction.
Give this guy some credit, at least he is trying to make an informed decision with his vote.
Not everybody gives a **** about politics year round, it isn't interesting or vital to everyone. At least he doesn't want to waste his vote.
Thanks for sticking up for me guys, but I'm not even 18 yet. I'm 17 and won't get to vote until the next presidential election but I always like to stay informed.
Thanks to all for giving me a little more insight so I'm not leaning one way or another without proper information
It's pretty well-known that Democratic Presidents have had a better record on fiscal responsbility in the last 30 years. The Romney campaign has decided that swiftboating is what they're going to base their campaign on this year. It's unfortunate, because the GOP has an important role to play and they're squandering it in favor of radicalism and obstinance.
As if anyone paying attention to politics on a daily basis REALLY has any better of a grasp of the way things are. As if our sources for this info are really helpful and unbiased.
Why would you care about such a thing, especially in times like these? It's not like it's 1980 and you have to run to a library and do extensive research on the nation's politics over the last 4 years, pulling news reels and reading bios. People can learn everything they need to in a single night if they want to.
Enjoying politics year round is fine, but it takes a matter of hours to become a well informed voter....not that there really is such a thing.
Also, JFK, Bay of Pigs is still there ;)
Regardless, I just thought it was an interesting comparison, not getting in depth here. Just an observation, that may or may not be accurate at all.
The green numbers in the column for the yearly growth of debt shows that he isn't spending much.
To the right of that, the red numbers in debt as % of GDP show that he really isnt getting revenue at all. The debt as % of GDP is rising at a pretty good rate too.