(For another take, Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute has an interesting tour through the numbers, isolating various spending categories. For instance, he says debt payments should be excluded from the analysis because that is the result of earlier spending decisions by other presidents.) UPDATE: The Associated Press also dug into the numbers and came to the same conclusion as we did. The problem with that rosy claim is that the Wall Street bailout is part of the calculation. The bailout ballooned the 2009 budget just before Obama took office, making Obamas 2010 results look smaller in comparison. And as almost $150 billion of the bailout was paid back during Obamas watch, the [Nutting] analysis counted them as government spending cuts, the AP said. It also assumes Obama had less of a role setting the budget for 2009 than he really did. The Pinocchio Test Carney suggested the media were guilty of sloth and laziness, but he might do better next time than cite an article he plucked off the Web, no matter how much it might advance his political interests. The data in the article are flawed, and the analysis lacks context context that could easily could be found in the budget documents released by the White House.
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‘Talk to neighbors, spread the facts’ on health care, says Obama
President Obama speaks at the White House Wednesday. “I need you to knock on doors, talk to neighbors, spread the facts and speak the truth,” he told religious leaders and reporters on a conference call that was streamed over the Web at faithforhealth.org. “This debate over health care goes to the heart of who we are as a people,” he said. “I believe that nobody in America should be denied basic health care because he or she lacks health insurance.” Some 140,000 people participated in the call, the coalition of more than 30 faith-based groups that organized the event said in a written statement. Obama urged the listeners to reject misinformation about his plans, noting, “There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness.” He referred to some assertions as “ludicrous,” and cited as an example rumors that the government is planning to set up “death panels” to determine the fate of the nation’s elderly. Don’t Miss In depth: Health care in America “That is just an extraordinary lie,” he said, adding that it was based on a provision in the House legislation that would allow Medicare to reimburse someone who voluntarily sought counseling on how to set up a living will for the end of life. “It gives an option that people who can afford fancy lawyers already experience,” the Harvard-trained lawyer said.
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