In Feb. 2011,
Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Obama. He asked the
president, "Is Federal spending getting out of control."
Obama's answer, "If you look at Federal spending as a
percentage of Gross National Product (GNP) then we are at spending
levels similar to the Eisenhower administration." The White
house published a graph which shows this is the case; however, if you
look at the data from the U.S. Treasury Dept., and the Commerce Dept.
you get a different picture for the last ten years. Below is
the graph form the U.S. Treasury & Commerce Dept.
As you can see
from this graph, Federal spending before the Hoover administration was
never above 40% of GNP. You will also note that until 1913
there was no Federal Income Tax. In 1913 the Federal Reserve
System was established and in that same year the first Income Tax was
placed on the citizens of America. Since that time Federal
spending has grown.
In the Socialist countries of Europe the people are taxed at 55% to 70%
of their income to support government programs which include health
care, retirement pensions and government run industries. In
Communist countries the government controls all businesses and the
people get hand outs to keep them going, but the people really own
nothing. When government spending is 100% of GNP, we are
really looking at a government that takes everything that is produced
and starts to feel like a Communist run country.
In 2010 Federal spending was at 95% of GNP and rising
rapidly. We are not taxed as high as Europen countries
because the Federal government borrows money from other countries and
prints more dollars which lowers the value of our dollars, and thus
products continiously cost more. This is a hidden Tax.
If you don't get a pay raise to keep up you fall behind and
really have a pay cut.
Here is the White house graph. This chart is identical to the
above chart until year 2001. Which is the real chart?
Who is telling the truth? You can decide.
From time to time the government changes how it counts things.
For instance, the government no longer counts
gasoline and food prices in its index of cost of living.
Therefore Social Security has been frozen because the
government does not see the cost of living as rising! Is it
possible the White House changed what they were counting as Federal
spending in 2001?
In 1913 the Federal Reserve System was formed which is a privately
held Banking System. Thomas
Jefferson warned us about Private Banks with this
the American People ever allow private banks to control the issue of
their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and
the corporations which grow up around them will deprive the people of
all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent
their fathers conquered.
If you want to learn more our Federal Debt and the role the Federal
Reserve plays in this, I suggest you visit Secrets
Federal Reserve. There are several videos on this
page you can watch.