Bush Campaign Lies

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Bush Campaign Lie #75: Non-Defense, Non-Discretionary Spending is Less Than 1% 

So lied Bush in Friday night debate. Here's the actual quote:

"Non-homeland, non-defense discretionary spending was raising at 15 percent a year when I got into office. And today it's less than 1 percent, because we're working together to try to bring this deficit under control."
When I heard Bush say this, I didn't know right away that this is one of his biggest campaign lies yet. But according to the Congressional Budget Office (via Kevin Drum), the Bush administration and Republican Congress have overseen a larger rise in non-defense, non-discretionary spending than any of the previous five administrations, at about 8.2% per year.

If Bush tries to call Kerry a 'big government' liberal in the final debate, remember this fact and laugh hysterically.

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