O'Reilly Uses Bush's Spending To Attack Obama


Bill O'Reilly implied that President Obama is responsible for a 75 percent increase in federal spending over the past decade. But federal spending has increased only 18.8 percent under Obama -- and it increased 66 percent under President George W. Bush.

On his Fox program, O'Reilly focused his opening segment on how history will "evaluate President Obama." He aired the following chart on the change in federal spending between 2003 and 2013:

O'Reilly went on to claim that the increase in spending has not benefited the economy, but was implemented by Obama in an attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters. Pointing to a recent Pew Research Center poll question on the role of the federal government, O'Reilly concluded, "That's why President Obama is spending the money, because he knows that a coalition of African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, organized labor, and committed liberals will overwhelm the Republican party."

O'Reilly is picking an arbitrary date two years into Bush's first term and attempting to attribute Bush's spending increases to Obama.

Federal spending increased over 66 percent during Bush's presidency. According to Congressional Budget Office data, federal outlays totaled $1.79 trillion at the end of 2000. In fiscal year 2008, federal outlays equaled $2.98 trillion, meaning federal spending increased 66.5 percent over Bush's two terms. In contrast, spending increased from $2.98 trillion in 2008 to $3.54 trillion in 2012 -- growth of 18.8 percent during Obama's first term. CBO estimates that 2013's federal outlays will be $3.55 trillion, which would bring the total increase in spending during Obama's presidency to 19 percent.

Even using O'Reilly's arbitrary date range, CBO data shows that between 2003 and 2008, Bush presided over a 38 percent increase in federal outlays. 

This is not the first time Fox has spun numbers to mislead on the growth of government spending under Obama. O'Reilly himself previously erased nearly all of Bush's tenure in order to deceive viewers on Obama's borrowing record.  

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