Cut And Grow Fail: CBO Schools Tea Party Freshman In Basic Economics | Talking Points Memo

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. to include text from Huelskamp’s letter

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a Tea Party-backed freshman who voted against the final debt limit bill, recently asked to hear from the Congressional Budget Office about the impact of government spending on economic growth. It’s an article of faith on the right that vastly shrinking government will unleash the forces of private enterprise, and faced with CBO’s opposing view, Huelskamp wanted to know the answer to two questions:

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