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January 11, 2013

Jeff Sessions: Jack Lew helped Obama's campaign by lying about the budget


Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) accuses White House chief of staff and nominee for Treasury Secretary Jack Lew of lying before Congress and playing spin doctor for President Obama's reelection campaign by falsely claiming that Obama's budget would pay down the debt ... which, of course, it would not.

Via The Washington Examiner:

"[Lew] continued to spin and repeat those misstatements and indeed the president was running ads on it in September right before the election, saying the same thing -- that his budget paid down the debt -- and it's absolutely not true," Sessions told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night.

"[Lew] knew exactly what he was doing," Sessions added. "He should have told the President, 'I cannot say that, Mr. President. I will not say that. I'd have to resign before I go out before the Committee and try to promote such an idea that our budget is going to pay down the debt."

Sessions was referring to Lew's claim last year, during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, that Obama's budget proposal "will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we're not adding to the debt anymore; we're spending money that we have each year, and then we can work on bringing down our national debt."

Via Breitbart, as this copy of the OMB's own table makes clear, Jack Lew's claim was a clear sign of either deception or incompetence. The document shows that OMB's own figures never projected a decline in the federal debt. In fact, they show the gross federal debt rising from $15.4 trillion in 2011 when Lew made his comment all the way up to $26.3 trillion in 2021.

Posted by Hyscience at January 11, 2013 2:03 PM

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