From THINK PROGRESS:
Late last week, the Ben Quayle for Congress campaign released a new YouTube video featuring the young Republican blasting the government for supposedly “loading massive debt on the backs of Americans so the politicians can keep spending money on their agenda.”
The video begins with Quayle saying that, while “numbers can be boring, every American can and must understand the numbers I’m about to describe.” He warns that “America is today spending well over 14.5 trillion dollars a year”:
QUAYLE: […] Today, just two years after Barack Obama was elected president, government share of GDP in America is 44 percent. Government in America is today spending well over 14.5 trillion dollars a year.
The problem with Quayle’s video is that it appears that even Quayle himself doesn’t “understand the numbers” he describes. The last budget signed into law by President Obama laid out a $3.5 trillion budget for the federal government — nowhere near the $14.5 trillion Quayle claims is being spent. Current US GDP hovers slightly above $14.6 trillion, meaning that, for the government to be spending 44 percent of GDP, it would have to spend $6.4 trillion, almost double what it is actually spending.
Whatever Quayle thinks, he likely realized that this video ominously warning about the dangers of government spending was problematic, because he pulled “the ad after about an hour” of being on YouTube.
(Video at THINK PROGRESS link)
It’s a damned good thing that facts and intelligence don’t seem to matter on the Tea Party right side of the aisle. From the PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL:
U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has endorsed Ben Quayle’s congressional run. Quayle won a crowded Republican primary to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. John Shadegg. Some Republicans were less than keen about Quayle winning the GOP primary but a number of key party leaders are betting behind his general election bid.
“Ben Quayle combines a bright mind and keen interest in policy with the strength of character and energy to succeed,” said Kyl in a statement.“I endorse his candidacy and look forward to serving with him to represent Arizona.”
Shadegg, U.S. Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer are also backing Quayle, a Paradise Valley investment attorney and son of former vice president Dan Quayle. Quayle faces Democrat Jon Hulburd in the general election in a district that includes Anthem, Desert Ridge, north Phoenix and Paradise Valley.