Who is the real small government president?

The narrative, of course, is that Obama is the big spending, big government liberal who has greatly expanded big government to the point where it is taking over our economy and our lives. And that George W. Bush was the small government fiscal conservative, who, no matter what else you might say about him, certainly did not expand government. Andrew Leonard at Salon gives us the actual numbers, which don’t match the ongoing media narrative that no one can deviate from on the cable shows, right or left, less they be ridiculed as just not getting it. Yet in fact, as Leonard shows, in Obama’s term so far there has been a net increase in private sector jobs of 35,000. And so far in Obama’s presidency, 607,000 government jobs–at the local, state, and federal level–have been lost. That contrasts to Bush’s first term, where 913,000 private sector jobs were lost, and the only thing that saved him at all was that the economy added 900,000 government jobs. Small is big, big is small, up is down, down is up. Compared to what we’re sold by the media, reality is really weird.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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