Spending Habits of President George Bush
December 5th 2005
Reagan and Bush
consider ex-President Bill Clinton a fiscal liberal. But is this
true? We should review what the Presidents propose to spend and
then compare that to what Congress actually passes the budget.
Congress does control the purse strings but the President sends them
an executive proposal first.
According to a
survey conducted by the House Appropriations Committee President
Reagan proposed spending $29.4 billion dollars than what Congress
actually passed. Thank goodness the Democrats served as a fiscally
conservative balance for the fiscally liberal Reagan.
expenditures during the Reagan administration were higher than what
Congress or the President considered spending. There are variables
that can either raise the expenditures or lower them. For instance
if each person on unemployment is granted a certain amount of money
and more people than expected sign up for unemployment the actual
expenditures will be more.
But what about
Bush – he should be the most conservative of them all with the
Republican Congress in support, right? According to research done
by the Heritage Foundation this is not the case. It appears
President Bush combined with a “conservative” congress is much more
fiscally liberal than President Clinton.
Foundation has charts that illustrate the blatant out of control
spending by the President. When you remove defense spending and
spending related to the attacks on September 11th 2005
and defending us from future attacks from the equation, the Bush
Administration is still spending at a faster rate than Clinton.
Spending in this area has increased 11% between 2001 and 2003.
When you measure
the spending as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
both President Bushes and President Reagan spent more money than
either Clinton or Carter. In fact one of the reasons for the
economic recovery under Reagan was his out of control spending.
Most of this is
missed by members in the Republican Party. Most consider their
leaders to be fiscally conservative while the Democrats are to blame
for spending. Most proposed budgets by the President are in line
with what is actually passed, although actual spending could be more
or less than what is passed.
Republican friends are more fiscally conservative than my Democrat
friends. When it comes to electing a member from their party to
Congress or the Executive Branch they end up with quite the opposite
form what is expected.
By Tom Madison
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