If you’ve been paying attention, you know that GWB didn’t put the cost of the wars on the official budget – they were instead funded with emergency supplemental bills. Additional budget tricks enabled his administration to hide roughly $300 billion per year from the official deficit.
Here is the way brain-washed conservatives view the deficit, thanks to some lame propaganda from the koch-brother funded heritage foundation.
Google has enabled their lies, as the heritage foundation page displaying this deceiving graphic as the first result for “obama bush deficit”, for years. Its still near the top.
What would a more honest deficit chart look like?
One that includes the cost of the wars?
Do you notice that the deficit improves under (D) presidents, while it blows up under (R)’s?
Good, you can read a chart.
Part of the problem with the heritage foundation chart above is that they are comparing two measures of the deficit. One with an honest financial cost of the wars (obama’s), and one that hides the war’s cost (bush’s). The first version of the graphic included “under bush” and “under obama”, but that was too honest (though still too nuanced for conservatives to understand).
And as koch-funded Cato Institute explained, the vast majority of the deficit that Heritage seeks to blame Obama for is the result of policies signed into law by GWB.