Government spending isn't really going up…


Paul Krugman


I recently read an article on the New York Times by Paul Krugman that stated that government spending really hasn’t gone up under the Obama administration, and “we never had the kind of fiscal expansion that might have created the millions of jobs we need.”  In other words, it is possible for the government to spend enough money to create enough jobs so that the U.S. economy can get out of its rut, but we just haven’t tried hard enough yet.

This is a classic example of twisting the facts to one’s own advantage.  The author argues that government payroll overall has decreased, because state and local government employment has gone down (while federal employment has gone up), but then argues that the part of the stimulus plan that went to state and local government shouldn’t be considered government spending, because it wasn’t done by the federal government.

And the reason there’s a perception that government has increased spending?  Because of a disinformation campaign from the right-wing.  Not because spending in 2009 went up $618 billion (21.3%).  Not because our deficit increased from $200B in 2008 to $1.4T in 2009 to $1.5T this year.  Not even because our national debt jumped 36.4% from 2008 to 2010, to $13.6T.  It’s the evil right-wing narrative that’s the problem.

We need to try ramping up government spending… then we’d find out that it will improve our economy, and that government can responsibly handle money.

I’m adding a picture of Paul Krugman.  Do you buy his argument?

  • janey griffin


  • Ellie

    Haha, Janey! I thought I could hear you yelling from here. :)

  • Morgan-LynnGriggs Lamberth

     Ah, but a rational being would not have tested Job whilst an irrational,pathological one would. That any children would go to Heaven is quite useless,but a mere rationalization for evil.
    Per Lamberth’s argument from autonomy, as free beings, in line with Morgans’ Canon and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Man.Therefore, no God has any rights over us and would face that one-way street of putting us into a safer place per Fr. Meslier’s the problem of Heaven, the definitive argument against theism,upholding the logical argument from evil and William Row’s the evidential problem from evil.
      Paul Krugman, Robert Reich, Dean Baker and- Mark Zandi are evidential,empirica Google the problem og Heaven.l economist whilst those of the right are pseudo-economist and rank with pseudo-scientists.