Barack Obama: Franklin Roosevelt Was “Pretty Fiscally Conservative”

A funny moment from President Obama’s town hall today:

Just for a frame of reference, here’s per-capita federal spending (inflation adjusted) from 1900 forward. Note that the FDR era (1933 – 1945):

And keep in mind that FDR was very nearly a revolutionary, growing the federal government further and more pervasively than perhaps any other American president.

That’s not exactly a picture of fiscal conservatism.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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