Is the Republican Party really fiscally conservative, or does it just sound good?

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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?

  1. Reply
    Sasha & Malia's Daddy!
    November 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    All these years they’ve been talking to a stuffed pig and calling him Rush. You really think they have a clue about fiscal responsibility?

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    taylor smith
    November 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thank you. Someone that can actually look beyond the bumper sticker slogans and see the truth.

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    Green is the new RED!
    November 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Bureaucrats in both parties suck. Congress and the Federal Government has stopped serving the People a long time ago.

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    November 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Yeah, they’re fiscally conservative when they’re running for office, but as soon as they get elected they spend other people’s money like a drunken sailor on a 24 hour shore leave. I have to agree with the late George Wallace. He said ‘there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and the democrats’. He wasn’t right about a lot, but he was right about that.

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    November 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The party’s can claim what they want. Doesnt make it true. They’re selling ideas to get at our money. After this last election, it’s clear people will buy anything. The bottom line is a politician will say/do anything to get elected, regardless of party. Once in, they do what they damn well please.

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    November 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hmmm, significant spending on defense in the Reagan era–could that be related to the economic recovery? Probably not. The recovery was inevitable, the bounce-back from the post-Vietnam War slump.

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