The Wall Street Journal in its Marketwatch section has pointed out that contrary to the tea party claims President Obama has had the smallest increase in government spending of Presidents going all the way back to Ronald Reagan. Here are the facts according to WSJ as opposed to the claims made by radical Republicans. Note that the first year of a new President has his budget for that year set by the former President.
Percentage increase in Government spending by President
President Obama 1.4 % 2010 to 2013
President G.W.Bush 8.1 % 2006-09
President G.W.Bush 7.3 % 20112-2005
President W.J.Clinton 3.9 % 1998-2001
President W.J.Clinton 3.4 % 1994-1997
President H.W.Bush 5.4 % 1990-1993
President R.Reagan 4.9 % 1986-1989
President R.Reagan 8.7% 1982-1985
The details of President Obama’s expenditure increases are as follows.
2010 a decline in government spending of 1.8 %
2011 a rise of 4.3 %
2012 a rise of 0.7 %
2013 a decline of 1.3 %
See the WSJ http:articles.marketwatch.com/2012-o5-22/commentary/31802270-1spening-federal-budget-drunken-sailor.
The modest size of the increase in government spending helps explain why the Obama stimulus was less effective than it might have been if the spending increase had been much larger.