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Government Getting Smaller in the U.S.
The New York Times ^ | 05/04/2012 | Floyd Norris

Posted on 05/08/2012 10:22:19 AM PDT by Purrcival

FOR the first time in 40 years, the government sector of the American economy has shrunk during the first three years of a presidential administration. Spending by the federal government, adjusted for inflation, has risen at a slow rate under President Obama. But that increase has been more than offset by a fall in spending by state and local governments, which have been squeezed by weak tax receipts.

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To: EagleUSA
The NYT is lower than whale dung. No wonder they're laying off staff right and left...

Even a kindergartner would bust a gut laughing at the claim that the federal government is getting smaller...

21 posted on 05/08/2012 10:30:50 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Purrcival

To say “having a hard time believing it” is being polite. It is utter BS. Military up or military down, should not be factored in, only civilian gubmint workers. By that standard there is little doubt that it is up. 16,000 new IRS “healthcare workers,” alone.


22 posted on 05/08/2012 10:34:09 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Purrcival
Part of the lie they tell about the Democrat agenda. They now try to defend Obama's and their spending on more and more federal government by pointing out that states are busy doing the hard work of cutting spending and prioritizing budgets.

They know that conservatives true target is federal spending, but they disingenuously include local and state government spending when they claim that government is shrinking.

Local governments may indeed be shrinking, but the federal government has exploded in size and cost.
23 posted on 05/08/2012 10:35:51 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: dfwgator

LOLOL!


24 posted on 05/08/2012 10:36:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Purrcival

State and local governments are cutting back because THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY due to ever-decreasing local tax revenues.
The Democrat Public-Sector Pensions Bomb is really hitting localities hard right now.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 10:36:25 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Purrcival

More bullsh!t from Obama’s Propaganda Ministry.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 10:43:50 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Purrcival
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27 posted on 05/08/2012 10:44:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Purrcival

The federal government after 3 years IS smaller in EVERY way... except for just one: it used to be $3 Trillion and now it’s $5 Trillion. But other than that, it’s smaller!


28 posted on 05/08/2012 10:48:56 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: BuffaloJack

“More bullsh!t from Obama’s Propaganda Ministry.”

Exactly. Lying sons of b!#ches.

They should be lined up and SHOT.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:07 AM PDT by Levante
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To: Purrcival

My state and local government is not shrinking. An expanded federal government does nothing for me either.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:28 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: Purrcival

LOLLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

What next? Barracks creates, produces and directs the biggest selling Broadway play....EVUH!!!!????


31 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Purrcival

The Government getting smaller is a d—k shrinking after the
Viagra(stimulus) starts wearing off.

The government is still a d—k and is still reaming us every chance it gets.

Sorry to be graphic...


32 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:40 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Purrcival

LOLLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

What next? Barracks creates, produces and directs the biggest selling Broadway play....EVUH!!!!????


33 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Purrcival

Wow. Tell that to the owners of a shop I know.

Their opening was delayed at least eight months by a local zoning Nazi who had this very strange interpretation of the zoning code - he felt a quarter of their space should be allocated towards bathrooms. And nothing would shake him. When he was finally trumped by someone with some sense, he kept coming back and submarining their approvals, out of pure nastiness. It took them an extra year to open, and they had to pay rent all that time.

Government nazis can be more destructive than the average person has any concept of. You tell people these stories, and they refuse to believe it, especially libs. They think you MUST be wrong, or lying.


34 posted on 05/08/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Purrcival

Certainly true here in Pennsylvania. Gov. Corbett has been doing yeoman’s work in this regard. You can tell because universities, school districts, advocates for the poor, and all the other usual suspects are screaming bloody murder.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 10:53:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Purrcival

Just this month we hear unemployment is down, April budget “surplus” and now government is getting smaller. Our Main Street Media would make Joseph Goebbels blush.


36 posted on 05/08/2012 10:54:39 AM PDT by crusadersoldier
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To: Purrcival
From a previous debunking, the primary cause is that social security, food stamps, unemployment and other direct benefit payments (not sure about medicare and medicaid) are not counted as government sections of the GDP but rather as part of the private GDP. Huh? That's some mighty creative accounting.
37 posted on 05/08/2012 10:58:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: KarlInOhio

Sounds like the same type of accounting that has plagued the unemployment numbers for the past 3 years. Reduce the number of people in the sample and it looks like unemployment isn’t so bad. If the same measures were used in 2008 and 2012, the unemployment rate (lets say U-3) would be about 11% now versus the 8.2% the 0bama administration publishes. U-6 is close to 19% with the same measures used.

Lies, damned lies and statistics.


38 posted on 05/08/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Purrcival
Even if it does get smaller by this limited measure it is still an overwhelming burden due to the ever growing halo gov't made up of the nearly endless line of organizations, associations, services, companies, etc, etc all feeding at the public trough. This means everyone from crony 'captalists' like GE to Planned Parenthood to universities to Sierra Club ad infinitum. We've all got to get off the gov't dole - even if our cause, organization, society, club, museum... is 'worthy'.
39 posted on 05/08/2012 11:07:18 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Romney's judicial appointments were more radical than Obama's)
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To: Purrcival

Rep. Joe Wilson was right, “You Lie”.


40 posted on 05/08/2012 11:17:52 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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