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Obama proves Orwell's 1984 correct (urgent: forward to everyone)

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George Orwell expressed a fear in the book 1984 that leaders would gain so much influence they could: "announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it." Previously he wrote: "This prospect frightens me much more than bombs".

We seem to have reached that point. Obama claimed at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6th, 2012: "I'll use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt".

Yet the White House site contains his 2013 budget proposal with a table showing his planned national debt at the end of each year through 2022. It adds at least $900 billion to the debt every year, $9.6 trillion over a decade.

If a CEO lied about his company's finances to get people to buy stock, the public would cry "fraud! send him to jail!". Should we trust someone to run our government that we wouldn't trust to run a company? This isn't a one time gaffe, he has repeated it from the State of the Union in January, through dozens of speeches into October and a campaign commercial.

In fiscal year 2012 the government borrowed $1276 billion. He implies lower war spending will save so much money the government won't need to keep borrowing. Yet his proposal only cuts $82.3 billion per year by 2014 for war spending compared to 2012. Simple arithmetic (almost as simple as adding "2 + 2" to get the right answer), shows that is ridiculously far from saving enough money to pay down the debt. The president has been insulting the intelligence of the American public trying to get away with this.

It is shocking that only a few in the media even bothered to comment on this as: "the biggest lie of Campaign 2012". They ignored the ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Budget (a former federal prosecutor) explaining: "For the President to say his plan will pay down the debt is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people.". It seems to be a case of the "Emperor's New Clothes".

Why should you care about the debt? It may seem too abstract for many people to worry about, but it isn't a minor issue. The debt is bad for the economy, the poor, retirees, and the future of this country's children. For details about this (including links to all the data mentioned in this message), or to see the issue described in an amusing cartoon&video mashup of Obama's own words, see the new site:
Politics Debunked (
Watch the site for news about more major political myths coming soon.

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