Yesterday was budget day (actually a week late) and President Obama submitted his 2013 budget proposal to Congress. It won’t get passed, of course, but it is still a good snapshot of the budget priorities that Obama is proposing and offers a clear contrast to what Republicans would like to do.
This is the fourth budget that Obama has submitted, despite what you may hear from your conservative friends who get all their news from email forwards, talk radio, or facebook posts from psychopaths.
Buddy Roemer (who I actually like a lot, for what it’s worth) made a statement while trying to get noticed in the early GOP presidential race that “Obama has never submitted a budget.” This statement seemed so outrageous that Politifact (winner of the coveted Half Pulitzer) decided to investigate it. Here’s what they found:
So we turned to the experts, checking the public record and reaching out to five economists across the political spectrum.
Not true, they all say.
As per law, Obama has submitted a budget for each fiscal year he’s been president — fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to a quick check on the Government Printing Office’s website, where the documents are posted. It’s as simple as that.
Obviously in the face of such overwhelming evidence, Politifact had no choice but to rate Mr. Roemer’s statement as… half true. Balance! The president has indeed submitted a budget every year. Some disagree.
Anyway, moving on, people really should be more familiar with the basic numbers that are in the budget, if only so that when conservatards suggest cutting off foreign aid to help balance the books, it can be (gently) pointed out that foreign aid makes up just over 1% of the total budget.
The New York Times has a fantastic multimedia tool that allows you to view the budget based on All Spending, Types of Spending, Changes, and Department totals. Please go over there and check it out. It’s very sexy.
I’m sure we (or at least I) will be talking more about the details of this budget and Republican alternatives in the coming weeks. As always, we at SomeDisagree will endeavor to keep our analyses fact-based and objective, but not balanced. (Not balanced. Like the budget. Heyoooo!)