Lies and confusion: Politics at work trying to destroy Obama’s shot at second term

Lies and confusion: Politics at work trying to destroy Obama’s shot at second term

Washington : DC : USA | Aug 16, 2012 at 6:45 AM PDT
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Painting President Obama as a president who has spent more money than any other president in history serves only one purpose- winning the office of the president of the United States. Lies are being tossed around like hot potatoes, and voters are left trying to decipher truth from fiction. The problem with lies being repeated over and over again is that if you hear something often enough, you begin to believe it is true. Politicians know this, and that is why the ads are so abundant.

As political ads are taking over the television, internet and radio waves, consumers are being blasted by so much information that nothing makes sense any more. Several issues have come to light that have been outright lies and attempts to destroy the chances of Obama winning a second term as president. The biggest lie and contortion of the truth is about the money he has spent while in office.

The confusion begins during his first year as President. The budget for 2009 was actually approved by President Bush. Four months before Obama was elected, Congress passed the budget for 2009 and Bush signed it. The first year any president is in office leaves them saddled with a budget that was signed by their predecessor. Sometimes this can be a good thing and sometimes it can be a bad thing. In the case of Obama it has been a disastrous issue that has plagued his presidency and clouded the minds of voters.

As Democrats try to dispel the lies and Republicans shout them from rooftops, voters are left scratching their heads in confusion. It is exceptionally important for voters to understand how this is impacted by the political ads bombarding their every waking moment. It is more important for voters to realize who actually signed the budget and which side of the aisle is responsible for the expenditures that have created outrage in the minds of Americans.

Here are some facts to help voters understand this issue:

2009 was the last year that George W. Bush approved a budget. During this year, federal spending rose by 17.9%. Click here to review this data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) .

Spending fell 1.8% during 2010, the first year Obama approved the budget.

Spending is scheduled to fall by 1.3% in 2013, which is the last year of Obama’s first term.

Spending is on track to rise 0.4% during Obama’s first term in office.

As we head into the elections in November, each voter has an obligation to understand the facts. Taking this step can often be confusing and frustrating. The political attack ads don’t help this process. Voters simply need to take a step back, find viable resources and seek understanding about issues that can be very confusing in many ways. Seek the truth, ignore the political ads and talk to people about the issues instead of being spoonfed lies and distortions of reality.

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President Obama reflects in the White House in late 2011. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Systemman)
Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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