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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

There’s no government spending problem? Really?

Why is government so divided? Why can’t our leaders seem to agree on anything?

President Obama’s remark, “We don’t have a spending problem,” shows that people can’t even agree there is a problem, much less agree on the solution.

The chart in this Reason.com article tracks government spending over 10 years and shows we have increased spending by 50-75 percent on almost every major program, yet I doubt many of you have seen a similar uptick in taxes.

If we don’t have a spending problem, Mr. President, what would you call a government that continues to outspend itself by an average of 40 percent annually and refuses to make even the smallest cut in any program?

Let me offer a word: delusional.

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