Here is the Republic Andrew Sullivan on how big the cuts in govt spending have been under Obama...the largest in forty years: andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/05...overnment-obama.html
I guess yes this shows that government spending has been cut the most as a whole, but this is not the result of obamas policies. He is not in control of state and local spending, many states were forced to cut spending because they are going bankrupt and many states are mandated by their constitutions to have a balanced budget so they have no choice but to make cuts. This shows that the federal governments spending still increased even if at slower rates than the Bush adminastration. This also fails to address the issue of the impacts of healthcare reform once it kicks in and you can talk all day about spending but tax rates matter to. I feel like this shows the adismal state of the economy more than it proves that obama has cut the governments size. I can post articles all day from sources just as valid if not better that go in to much more detail about the negative implacations of Obamas fiscal policy. I suppose technically what you said is correct gov cuts have been biggest under obama but this correlation doesnt seem to have any causation.
Exactly!!! It is much larger than just what the President does. The very fact that the GOP has more than doubled the use of the filibuster this last session should show us all right there that the dismall state of the economy has as much to do with GOP obstruction as it does the President's policies. He also unilaterally put a freeze on all government pay increases and negotiated at least two cuts. So he gets half the credit for the smaller gov...which I don't even think is prudent in a recession such as ours (ex: Greece!). I would be interested in reading those sources that claim Obama's fiscal policy has negativly impacted the economy.
You seem hell bent on bringing elements totally irrelevant to what I have been arguing about into this discourse. Cuts in government pay are not going to balance the budget or help the economy, i can see your very excited that obama has been able to cut the pay of public servants. the article you supplied shows that it has shrunk most under obama due to state and local gov cuts, this has nothing to do with obamas policy or gop filibusters, which i remind you again I have not been defending the gop anyways, they definetly contribute to this mess. You continue to ignore how the healthcare bill will affect use in the future and the bust of a stimulus bill, both of which obama personally fought for. The effects of extending and expanding entitlement programs is much greater on the budget than you can ever make up for by cutting federal jobs and salaries. For a detailed account of the affects of Obamas policy one thing I might suggest reading is "Seeds of Destruction" by glenn hubbard and peter navarro, two graduates of harvard business school, one of which is the Dean of the graudaute school of business at Columbia University. Im sorry this is an actual book so I realize it is harder to get your hands on, but im not going to insult your intelligence by posting a half page article which offers two statistics and act like that explains how obamas policy has impacted the biggest economy in the world.
in lieu of that book you might read www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/0...er-in-world-history/