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- Revealed: The truth about big-spending Republicans
by Bill Winter
The only way to kill a vampire, according to folklore, is to drive a
wooden stake through its heart.
Heeding that advice, it's time to drive a factual stake through the
myth that Republicans are fiscally "conservative." That is, that
Democrats are big spenders, while Republicans try to curb the cost of
For some, it's a seductive myth. Some vote for Republicans when
there's no alternative candidate on the ballot. Some vote Republican
to keep a "worse" Democrat from winning. (For example, voting for
George W. Bush to block Al Gore.) And, sadly, some join the
Republicans to have "more of an impact" on the political process.
Alas, all those strategies accomplish is to elect more Republicans,
who then get into office and spend like Democrats. No, wait: Who spent
more than Democrats.
That's right: According to a report in USA Today, "Republicans, who
pride themselves on being frugal with taxpayers' money, were bigger
spenders than Democrats in state legislatures over the past five
USA Today reporter Dennis Cauchon crunched the budgets of all 50
states (1997-2002). He found that in states where Republicans
controlled both houses of the legislature, spending rose 6.54% per
year. When Democrats dominated, spending rose only 6.17%.
That difference -- .37% -- may not seem like much. But since the 50
state governments spent $983 billion in 2002, that difference will add
up to tens of billions of extra dollars being sucked out of taxpayers'
wallets and purses by free-spending Republicans.
Here's the GOP's most shameful secret: Republican-controlled
legislatures spent the most when their state also had a Republican
governor. So, when they are not constrained by, ahem, frugal
Democrats, Republicans spend tax dollars at a pace that makes even
Republican extravagance would be bad enough if it were confined to the
states. But it's not. It's also happening at the federal level, thanks
to a Republican president, a Republican-controlled House, and a
According to the Washington Post, federal spending increased by 22%
from 1999 to 2003 -- "the biggest increase in government spending
since the 1960's Great Society." Keep in mind: The GOP controlled
Congress all four of those years, and the presidency for two.
From 2001 to 2002 alone, with President Bush at the helm, federal
spending increased by 7% -- "or almost twice the spending rate under
Bill Clinton," noted Stephen Moore [The Washington Times, May 16,
2001]. "If Republicans allow the budget to grow at twice the rate it
did under Clinton," he wrote, "many conservatives are going to start
asking: What are Republicans good for?"
Let me summarize, so everyone will understand: As a rule, Republican
politicians spend more of your tax dollars than do Democrats.
So, when it comes to spending, Republicans are not Libertarians with
the dial turned down to seven. They are Democrats with the dial turned
up to eleven.
Anyone who says otherwise is, well, mything the truth about Republicans.
Source: LP News
- "If the price I must pay for my freedom is to acknowledge that the
government was granted the power to infringe on them, then I am not
free." --Paul Anderson
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