According to Rep. Paul Ryan and other Republicans such as Speaker Boehner, and House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, non-defense discretionary spending has increased by 80% under the Obama administration.
Except it hasn’t.
Politifact, emphasis mine:
An assortment of Republicans -- including speaker Speaker Boehner of Ohio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia -- have used Ryan’s numbers to exaggerate spending increases since Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009.[……]
The White House budget office shows non-defense discretionary spending rose 26 percent from 2008 to 2010. The CBO, which Hurt and other Republicans cite as their source, puts the increase at 23.7 percent.
We rate his [Ryan, Hurt, et al] statement False.
Paul Krugman, emphasis mine:
It’s completely false. As anyone who knows how to read federal statistics should have known, the real number — including the stimulus — is 26 percent. And it’s now in the process of falling off.
The discretionary spending falsehood is a key part of the claim that Obama has presided over a vast expansion of government; as I’ve tried to explain, the only real area of rapid growth has been in safety net programs that spend more when there is high unemployment.
As a point of reference, Krugman’s initial post on this meme in May.
The Republican Party is absolutely unswerving in its slavish devotion to dissemination of lies and bigger lies in order to propagate a fascist agenda.
And they hate the black guy.