The fact that the federal budget is lower in the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013 than in the fiscal year 2009 that ended on September 30, 2009 will shock Tea Party ideologues. Ideology and living in an echo chamber will disorient from reality anyone.
Here are the numbers. The federal budget was $3.54 trillion in fiscal year 2009 (again ending September 30, 2009).
By comparison, in fiscal year 2013, the one that just ended this September 30, federal budget was $3.46 trillion. Over the last 4 years, total federal spending is FLAT or slightly DOWN.
Despite these facts, it is amazing to hear so many right wing ideologues say the reverse of reality. For example, an incredible 93% of Tea Party members and two-thirds of Republicans believe that the federal deficit increased in Fiscal Year 2013. Such detachment from reality is dangerous for democracy.
In fact, the federal deficit was $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2009, as revenues to the government collapsed. It was $1.1 trillion in fiscal year 2012. And this year, as the economy was creating jobs at the rate of 2 million per year and revenues increased, the deficit fell sharply to $642 billion or 4% of GDP.
The deficit in 2013 is down $450 billion--that is a huge drop in a one-year period! But nearly all Tea Party members and two-thirds of Republicans believe the deficit is up!
Just remember that watching Fox News destroys minds!