Friday I mentioned that the Noem-Thune-GOP line that "we have a taxing problem, not a spending problem" is not supported by the fact President Barack Obama has taken less of your paycheck for federal taxes than any President since Eisenhower.
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones shares this chart on total government spending that shows once again that, contrary to Republican shouting, government has gotten smaller under President Obama:
If you add up federal, state, and local government spending, you find government is spending less per American now than it did at the beginning of President Barack Obama's first term. We've erased the stimulus, unlike the Bush Administration, which kept ramping up government spending and thus boosting employment and GDP even after the 2001 recession faded.
Kevin Drum sums up the fiscal-policy message Republicans don't want you to hear:
What we have isn't a spending problem. That's under control. What we have is a problem with Republicans not wanting to pay the bills they themselves were largely responsible for running up [Kevin Drum, "Government Spending Is Down in the Obama Era," Mother Jones, 2013.01.22].
Our spending is not out of control. Republican rhetoric and irresponsibility is.
Update 07:19 MST: As Rep. Kristi Noem shouts about the need for Washington (which she keeps referring to as if she were not a part of it) to offer real policy solutions, she dedicates her newest weekly column to urging you to get your flu shot.