Is the Republican Party really fiscally conservative, or does it just sound good?
You know me, I depend on checkable facts, not spin handed to me for consumption by those with questionable motivation. I belong to a 3 person party – my family, our Constitution, and America. I liked Reagan and Gingrich at some point in their career. I never voted for Clinton or Gore. As a data manager, I crunch numbers – and numbers are numbers – but this kind of floored me.
We all know how big the federal budget is, but is it really that big compared to our massive economy? 12% administration at a local mom-and-pop restaurant is nothing in scope to 12% administration costs for Applebee’s in terms of stacks of dollar bills.
Measuring average TOTAL (local, state, federal) government spending as a percentage of GDP since 1948:
Republican Presidents – 30.2%
Democratic Presidents – 27.9%
Just the federal government?
Republican Presidents – 20.2%
Democratic Presidents – 18.7%
But the House writes all tax laws, Senate can add or subtract spending, and the President approves and spends (Art. 1 Sec. 7). So…
R Prz, R Hou, R Sen = 30.5%
R Prz, D Hou, R Sen = 31.4% (Reagan-era/Cold War spending)
R Prz, D Hou, D Sen = 26.4%
D Prz, R Hou, R Sen = 28.3%
D Prz, D Hou, D Sen = 27.7%
(There is no R/R/D, D/D/R, or D/R/D since 1948)
So, the facts show that the lowest government spending in the United States, as percent GDP, occurs when there is a Democratic House and Senate.
And when it comes to signing on the dotted line (1948-2007)…
Republican President accumulated debt – 6.72 trillion
Democratic President accumulated debt – 1.98 trillion
So, how in the 4 dimensions of this reality can the Republican Party claim to be the steward of fiscal discipline?