Spending Statistics: Republicans vs. Democrats

Politics, at least in the United States, seems to be an industry that’s based on emotional, irrational thinking.  Often, the method of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is employed to confuse those voters who think with their “stomachs” rather than their heads.  Most Americans seem to have no problem with the trillions of dollars spent on attacking Iraq, but they are outraged by paying an extra dollar or two per gallon of gasoline.  We live in a nation where hysteria over a manufactured threat – terrorism – has given government free reign to curtail liberties.  We ask for no evidence related to the effectiveness of unbridled spending on war and “Homeland Security”. 

Economics will be an important part of our next Presidential election.  One of the main arguments against the Democratic party seems to be that it will raise taxes and increase spending.  But is there any statistical information to backup that claim?  R.W. Bradford argues just the opposite in The Politics of Presidential Spending.  While the article is several years old, the information is still quite valid (and if you factor in Bush’s War and his administration’s bungling of just about all aspects of American government, it would help support the results).  Here are some statistics and excerpts:

Most people believe that Democrats are big spenders and that Republicans are tight-fisted. The evidence leads to a very different conclusion.

Since 1970, spending has grown 64% faster when a Republican sits in the White House than when a Democrat does.

  • In the twelve years that a Democrat has sat in the White House, spending has increased at an average rate of 1.29% per year; during the 22 years of Republican presidencies, government spending has risen at an average rate of 2.12%. In other words, spending has grown 64% faster when a Republican sits in the White House than when a Democrat does.
  • During the 20 years Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress, spending has grown at an average rate of 1.84% per year, more than double the average rate of 0.89% per year during the six years the GOP ran Congress. (During the other eight years, when control of Congress was split between the two parties, spending grew at an average rate of 2.52%. The split-control years all occurred during Republican presidencies.)
  • When Democrats controlled the White House plus both houses of Congress, spending grew at 1.70% per year, slightly below the average growth rate of 1.83% for the entire period.
  • The slowest spending growth occurred when a Democrat sat in the White House and Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. Spending rose by an average of just 0.89% during the six years of this situation, which all occurred with Bill Clinton as president and Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House.
  • During the 14 years Republicans controlled the White House and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, spending grew at an average annual rate of 1.92%. During the eight years with a Republican president and a split Congress, spending grew at 2.54% per year.

The results are quite clear – not only do Republican presidents spend far more money, but they often spend it on such “necessities” as creating wars.  Sadly, the American people are extremely unlikely to let the use of any for of facts, figures, or statistics inform their decisions.  So, it looks like the Republican Party can continue with it’s campaign of FUD, and people will listen.

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47 Comments

  1. June 30, 2008 at 1:05 am

    [...] more, but many conservatives still don’t like how much the Republicans do. That’s a myth – or a lie (LINK). Since 1970, spending has grown 64% faster when a Republican sits in the White House than when a [...]

    • duce said,

      August 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      It’s not the president who spends the money but the house. If you check actual numbers as you did it is when the Republicans controlled the House that spending was curbed regardless of which party president sat in the office. If you look at the stats, when the democrats controlled the house, spending increased significantly. It has lettle to do with the president especially since the inpoundment Act.

    • C Allen said,

      February 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

      nothing. It’s all do as I say not as I do hypocrisy. The right has allowed Wall St and banks/brokers to be very liberal with public money. The only thing conservative about the right is that they won’t risk any of their own money. Other than abortion stances, which is maintained as a division, there is nothing conservative about the right. No more, or less conservative than Dems, they both spend like drunken sailors. You can’t say dems are spendaholics just because they focus a lot on social programs, when the GOP spends wastefully and without conscience on military and corporate relationships. To ad, the right certainly spends a ton on welfare in many of their strong states. To keep the Billy Bobs and shiners happy?

  2. A neutral said,

    October 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    WHOA!!!!!! We’re really messed up. I mean REPUBLICANS spending more money???? Your statistics are really wrong,republicans are soooooo awesome. Democrats are,too. George Washington said to stay away from political parties,not create them!!! WE ARE ONE COUNTRY AND WE SHOULD STAY TOGETHER,NOT BE DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS ,SUCH AS POLITICAL PARTIES!!!!!!!!

    • Judson said,

      May 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

      Hahaha you are so right my friend ..noticed he posted no statistical links etc..this is how retarded and easily people become misled. It’s is not even broken down by controllers of the house etc. Atypical guy is fairly typical lol

      • guest said,

        July 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        Have noticed that when people don’t like the truth. They do what they can to ignore or deny it.

  3. A neutral said,

    October 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    BE A NEUTRAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. josh said,

    October 14, 2008 at 8:49 am

    That was nice. Someone doing the math behind something I’ve been trying to point out for years… Conservative prez’s ain’t conservative. I think the state of perpetual war we’ve been in since WWII helps justify this, administration after administration, and not only props up our corporations that rely heavily on government contracts for war toys (locally- Boeing), but has actually led to Americans expecting warfare, feeding their children to whichever fray the Republican party has latched onto, whichever conflict has the best “cost-benefit” analysis. Oil made Iraq worthwhile, but our coalition of the willing grew so thick with allied assistance, we never could heist the Texas Tea the way Dick Cheney had hoped to. Yet. When we leave, in 2010, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of oil coupons the installed government of Iraq hands over – then more interesting to see how that translates to relief-at-the-pump. Somehow, I don’t think it’ll justify the loss of life, and I’m sure it won’t eclipse the financial cost, currently in the mail.
    Thanks for sharin’.

    • Kenneth Braid said,

      November 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

      the dems could end the war anytime they want ,,, why havent they ? they have had the presidency , the senate and the house , wall street ,,fanny , all the bail outs came while the dems controlled the money. clinton had a surplus with a rep congress,,,bush had a deficet under a dem congress ,,,fact ,,,,start arming the dems cause they want to fight terrorist here instead of over there. if we wanted the oil so bad why did we give back/liberate Kuwait ? live without oil people ,,,,walk ,,,chop wood for heat , make candles and a hundred other things,,,no one is forcing you to be dependant on oil

      • This Guy! said,

        June 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        Yes so many people make a big issue about oil, and no one is seeing the real picture. We have borrowed over $13 trillion

      • C Allen said,

        February 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

        “Dems end the war anytime they want”? Yet, they’re still getting grief from the right about the mess in Iraq. Dems get bashed over Libya, Syria, and Egypt. Wingers screamed for Obama to do something in each of these matters, and when he did, he gets bashed. You can’t have it both ways.

        Also, if you go to the fed stats, the real unslanted beanpusher numbers, historically from 1950, Dems create more jobs, less debt, and far better economic growth for ALL Americans. When Dem admins are in, the rich get richer and the poor get richer. What’s the matter with that?

  5. charles ivy said,

    October 30, 2008 at 9:33 am

    It is clear the author of this post does not understand who controls spending in the US, it is not the President who controls spending making this entire article false.

  6. Barry said,

    November 8, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Using that logic the President is powerless to do anything short of acting in a national emergency. In practice the President submits a budget and if the legislature is controlled by the same party it gets passed through without much scrutiny. Especially in the Republican party where loyalty is valued above reason. If the opposing party has a majority in the House or Senate, it is still an uphill battle to make significant changes to the Presidents budget. The President has Veto power and that is a powerful weapon against those who want to make significant changes. There is a time frame in which the budget must be passed and if it does not get passed there are consequences. The consequences for those who try to rectify a Republican budget? If you are a Republican chances are it is your last term. If you are a Democrat you are labled an obstructionist, partisan, and someone who cannot work across party lines. That has proven to be a powerful negative for Democrats running for re-election anywhere but the most Democratic districts.

  7. IcallBS said,

    February 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I love the sources you cite. How about you take a look at real spending statistics. Bush Jr didn’t do much to help Republicans, but how can you cut spending whenever you fight a war, and experience 2 of the largest natural disasters our country have seen. There are so many external factors that are never taken into account. Clinton inherited the internet boom whenever our country’s economy was the best it has ever been. So of course they are going to have a surplus.

    http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.20675/pub_detail.asp

  8. steve whitaker said,

    March 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    facts are the facts. republicans spend more. they just dont want you to believe it.

  9. What? said,

    April 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I’m with you IcallBS. What these “statistics” also leave out is the fact that the numbers reported are increase deficit, not increases in GDP or governmental revenues (i.e. taxes). When you tax more, you can spend more and still claim a “surplus”. I find it fascinating that so many people, on both sides have absolutely no idea what government is doing and only listen to the information passed around in written text and heard on the news (media), without doing the ACTUAL research on their own. PATHETIC. If anyone reading this has even a hint of any analytical/logical/critical thinking ablility you will see that the so called facts and statistics will actually represent the fact that congress is the only branch of government that has a significant impact on spending. Veto power has some clout but can only pass or deny spending bills approved by congress. If a Rep pres wants more spending for a war, congress can stop him. If that congress is Democratic, then nobody should point a finger at anyone else. In fact, Atypical Guy, your own numbers indicate that more spending occurs when Dems control both the executive and legislative branches.

    With that said, I’m with A neutral. Our government is running rampant and, in fact, running this country right in the direction that our founding fathers were trying to prevent. SOME (VERY few) corporations may have some greedy people at the top, but our government is far more corrupt and greedy and we have got to stop relying on them to fix our country’s issues. The only way to truly be prosperous is to cut spending AND taxes and neither party does that.

    Our freedoms are slowly diminishing and sadly, most people don’t even recognize that. In fact, blogs like this are actually blindly encouraging it by stating partisan falsehoods as fact and spinning the truth. The people of this country have got to come to the realization that they are in control of their own lives, not the government, or anyone else. Until that happens, I’m afraid we will continue heading down the paths of socialism regardless of which party is in power.

  10. Jake said,

    April 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    okay “What?” I agree with you, but what then is the best course of action, how do we exercise our control?

  11. Jon said,

    May 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Ok, that may be true, but let’s now factor in the Obama administrations spending on bailing out the nation and add those into the stats, and I’d have to say that Obama alone evens it out or even puts democrats on top of spending now.

  12. Jim a-democrat said,

    June 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Obama has proven to single handed break the country in spending for the next few generations……People living today will never see a surplus government budget. Thanks to the socialist thinking of Obama….but he talks good!

  13. bob said,

    June 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Ok first thing to note:

    Numbers are numbers it’s how you use them.

    Every time a repbulican has been president (other than once) in the last 40 plus years there has been a democrat majority.

    Presidents do NOT control spending. Therefore the only thing that matters is who is in control of the congress. Take note that 1995-2006. Republicans had the majority. Take note that due to the fact that democrats had the last 40+ years before then there isn’t much to compare. In the small amount of time of comparison, they did VERY well. 2 years after the switch back to democrat everything collapsed and now Obama is making Bush’s deficit look like pocket change. Deficits are run annually by the way. They do not stack years. One year does not affect the other, nor does the amount of income brought in. It’s how much we spend vs how much we earn. It can always be Zero.

    Republicans were not able to re-regulate the banks (They aren’t the party of no, that would be the democrats) because the democrats blocked it in a party line vote. Republicans did not have enough of a majority to pass any and all laws. If you look up the regulations on banks in 2005 you will find Mc Cain tried to advert the current crises.

    So yes, republicans are far superior on economic issues and your analysis is completely far fetched and poor.

  14. Eric said,

    July 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Ok I get your facts here and I think you are missing a clear point. As I understand it Congress, not the president, creates and approves the budget. Congress is responsible for approving spending by the president. Now this being said if you look at your statistics during Clinton’s presidency the Congress was controlled by Republicans and there was less spending. As you point out, “During the 14 years Republicans controlled the White House and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, spending grew at an average annual rate of 1.92%.” Again as you point out this is, more than double the average rate of 0.89% per year during the six years the GOP.” In your own article you provide the facts that disprove your claim. Now I agree that Republicans are not any better than Democrats when it comes to growing our government, but Democrats never look at themselves and paint a realistic picture. Democrats instead make every effort to defame and destroy the Republican party. Why are they so scared of the Republican party? Look at the current administration they are in total control and can do whatever they want, yet they still attack and defame Republicans every chance they get. Why is this?

    Now I think the problem is that politicians are politicians. They lie to get elected, and they do not represent America, they represent their own interests. Currently in America we have moved from Democrats and Republicans to Republicrats. Both parties are interested in reducing freedom while increasing governmental power. Neither party is innocent when it comes to wasting money, the Democrats have almost tripled the national debt in just six months.

    We can’t get out of debt by spending money, we need to stop foreign aid, stop involvement with the UN, WTO, and IMF, return to the gold standard, and dissolve the Federal Reserve. If Democrats and Republicans could just work together civilly and actually debate legislation it would be better for all of us. Instead the tactic used today is to show up with a 1000 page plus piece of legislation and demand that it be passed today without actually reading it. Now that is scary!!!!! So the fear continues.

  15. Independent said,

    August 19, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Republicans: 2 trillion for Iraq + 1 trillion to bail out banks + 5,000 dead soldiers = recession, and average joe didn’t get ANYTHING to show for it.

    Democrats: 1 trillion for healthcare (WWJD? Universal Healthcare that’s what) + 1 trillion stimulus (50% increase in stockmarket in 5 months despite republican claims it didn’t work)

    The way I see it Obama still has another trillion to invest in America before he gets even close to what Bush wasted. We actually will have something to show for it besides dead soldiers and civilians.

    Oh, in case you guys forgot…Bush Sr. created the taliban in 1993 with the CIA to push out the russians. It’s true…look it up.

    • Don said,

      February 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Independent, the one thing you forget to mention is that Bush took 8 years to spend our money, and when you made your quote here Obama had only been in office for 8 months. And get your facts straight on the Taliban. The Taliban didn’t even exist until late 1994. But let’s just for the sake of argument say it was 1993 that the Taliban was created. How the heck did Bush Sr. create the Taliban considering Bill Clinton was President of the United States for all of 1993 except the first 3 week?

  16. bob said,

    August 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Actually, look it up at I believe costofwar.com, you’re a little mislead on Iraq.

    Iraq: 650billion in about NINE years working out to a little about 75 billion a year. We can’t count the Afghan war, because you and I both know that democrats as a whole agree with it as well as Obama. Obama: 1 trillion in one on health care in ONE year. A defecit is rated one year, to one year. You just combined 9 years into one. If we combine the cost of healthcare in that same time frame, the estimates are actually 7-9 trillion depending on which reference frame you take. Iraq had little to do with our problems. Also, I work in insurance. AIG’s tank was the very reason every system tanked, and it was a democrat problem. Insurance companies are all banks, which decide to use their capital to provide insurance for companies. Insurance is a necessity which helps stability. Their loss ratios are all high enough (meaning they pay enough claims to end up at a loss ratio of over 1) that they have to invest in order to pay claims and remain profitable. Now then, a few years back, (Clinton and Carter) both forced low income loans for housing. The amount of loans held by Fannie Mae Freddie mac were over 2 TRILLION dollars. Clinton fined companies that didn’t give the loans. Now what’s really great is Clinton said how they didn’t need to worry, they could be profitable. He pretty much guaranteed the loans. In 2007 we had the best year for housing almost ever. Literally. So, the insurance companies almost UNANIMOUSLY invested in the GOVERNMENT APPROVED loan system. What do you have to lose? The government told you it was great! So we need more regulation right? AIG collapsed from their investments on housing, many other insurance companies nearly collapsed. Now then, remember what I said? Insurance companies pretty much ARE banks. What happens when every insurance company nearly collapses, every bank nearly collapses that gave out home loans, and no one has anything to spread around? The economy collapses. That was not Bush’s fault. Now you honestly want the government to decide what’s ok for business? HA and HA. They caused this crises. Only a few companies would have collapsed in the real world. NO business wants to collapse. They will work hard to ensure that. If they don’t collapse, they pay AVERAGE JOE american. If they collapse they don’t. ALL companies would collapse if the goverment decided what a company could or could not do and was wrong. Surely you must know that politicians OFTEN are wrong republican or democrat.

    Also: I’ve had an Uncle get hit by a car, have a heart attack twice, and an Aunt who would have otherwise gone blind who was broke. They were never denied healthcare. Your WWJD is typical of democrats too. I honestly cannot think of one disaster my family had, or any people I know, no matter how crazy it was, that wasn’t taken care of, because there is a policy with hospitals: If you need immediate treatment, they are required to give it. There are out of control costs, there are people that are uninsured, yeah yeah we know that. The question is how does it work as a whole? Most of that doesn’t invovle the goverment. And WWJD? Come on, that’s the most childish thing I’ve ever heard. We have a good health care system. Does it have issues? Yes. Are we literally kicking people out on the street because we don’t have universal healthcare? No. In fact we’d kick more people out on the streets with universal healthcare. As Obama wants it, every other country that has done similar has a higher mortality rate from serious illness 4 to 1. It doesn’t work. So, if jesus were not all powerful, he’d go with the best route, not a B.S. one proven not to work. Our health care system is the best in the world. Technically not everyone is covered in the system, but they DO still get care. The numbers that are important is not how many people are not covered by the system, it’s how many people die from it and or don’t receive treatment? How many people don’t get care? The democrats don’t have an answer to that one other than “It could happen”. “It could happen” is good enough for you? Wake up. Pull out a number for me on how many people die. I dare you. Not ONE democrat has ever done it.
    You need to get your facts straight. You’re stating them mix and match with polka dots and jig jags in a way that works for your “republicans hate the average joe” typical statement which is wrong. You just want a common enemy.

    Now let’s go Bush: Bailout plan approved by a democrat run congress, again proving the spending is not working out in your favor. He pretty much allowed congress to do whatever they wanted. That was Bush’s problem. You think the problem was forcefulness…He needed to pull the democrat majority out of control nature in by the reigns. That was why he sucked.

  17. Austingunner said,

    January 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love all the bullshit Republican excuses in the responses to this post. The truth is that Republican ideology, Republican talk radio etc etc. This country has largely gone down the toilet due to Republican thinking like spending on Wars rather than on its people and it infrastructure like European countries have done. The talk the same shit now as they did when FDR was president, but when it comes down to it they are in it for themselves, have a disdain for anyone not like themselves and generally like to think of themselves as superior and oh-so-responsible, when in fact they are the opposite, are reactionary and think only about the short term rather than the long term and about their own immediate interests rather than the interests of everyone and how that impacts the overall collective mentality. The fact is that government is merely an instrument of the people, if you take and interest in government and in making it work for the common good, then it will, but if you promote a general sense of disdain and defeatism (except when is comes to military adventurism) then you are probably going to have a crappy government. My mom is on medicare and likes it. My doctor likes medicare patients because the government–although often paying less–pays in a timely fashion. I’ve lost count of how many times my insurance company has tried to fuck me on technicalities. The POINT IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE GET CARE OR NOT, THE POINT IS THAT WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE COVERAGE AND HAVE TO GET CARE IT RUINS THEM. THE POINT IS THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE OUT OF CONTROL. The last poster is lying when it comes to mortality rates also….and when he says “In fact we’d kick more people out on the streets with universal healthcare” completely contradicts the notion of what “Universal” means, by definition. Every single one of my friends from England, to Finland, to Germany, to Taiwan would not trade their healthcare system for ours. Also, your attempt to place blame for the failed economy on low income housing loans is skewed because it was a very small part of the overall crisis and the ideology that has created numerous, ever-increasing bubbles and bust over the past 30+ years.

    • sfcmac said,

      February 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Speaking of bullshit:
      Economic problems are being driven to new and troubling heights by a socialist Obama regime hellbent on “spreading the wealth” and turning America into a European clone. It’s time to slam on the brakes. We need a spending freeze and tax cuts, neither of which will happen. He’s going to out spend and out deficit any administration up to this point. By trillions.

      Your socialist Euro wet dream ain’t working out so well, bub. The Euro sucks; it’s depreciated to an equivalent of $1.36. Joblessness across the continent has reached 10%; the worst economic slump since WWII. Taxes are astonomical in order to support millions who take advantage of the taxpayer’s largess. Sound familiar? As for the proposed Obamacare, it’s a blatant attempt at more government control. The last thing any patient wants is a government agent telling them if, when, and how they will get tretment, and which doctor they will get. Want potential life-saving treatment for that medical condition?
      Sign in, have a seat in the waiting room, and we’ll get to you in about a year.
      The problem with the universal ‘free’ health care, is that it isn’t ‘free’. Someone always foots the bill, and that someone is the overburdened taxpayer.

      I just love the way you lefties bitch about wars. Which ones displease you the most? Kennedy’s and Johnson’s Vietnam, Clinton’s Balkans and Somalia, or George W. Bush fighting back at the Islamofascist zealots who attacked this country on their own turf? Of course, your selective memories and visceral hatred always leans toward Republicans. Islamic terrorists are trained, funded, supported, and indoctrinated across the Middle East. Iraq (Hussein DID HAVE WMDs:http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/no-lies-about-iraq/) and Afghanistan are two good places to start. I’d have neutron bombed 3/4ths of the Middle East on 12 September, 2001. THAT’s how you fight a jihad. But I’m a former Soldier, not a politician.

      Last I checked, we’re a Democratic Republic. Obama and the Dems are trying to turn America into a Banana Republic.

  18. Angelo Rebelo said,

    April 26, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Everyone forgot to mention 9/11 and the destruction of our financial Mecca. It is both parties fault, Republicans turned a blind eye on the financial markets while dems allowed Fannie and Freddie to run wild. I am a republican bec I am opposed to the gov’t taking more money from us and telling us we don’t know what to do with it. They give it to poor uneducated people. I am all for helping the poor but to establish a nation of people with no ambition is preposterous. We all know someone who is collecting unemployment, while working an under the table job and not paying any taxes.
    You want statistics, 46 percent of registered republicans have a college degree compared to 25 percent of Registered Dems. 8 percent of Reps have a Masters or higher where only 3 percent of Dems. I am a Math Professor and had my students create an algorithm to see what percentage of your money went to taxes and in the state of NJ if you own a house and make 75,000 a year you are giving from 44 to 53 percent of your money to local, state, and fed governments, and that percentage only climbed as you made more money. I think punishing success and propping up failure will lead our nation towards mediocrity.

  19. June 25, 2010 at 5:17 am

    [...] don’t worry about income, fetishizing tax cuts beyond all reason, yet they spend like drunken sailors. Then when they find themselves (and the state or country) completely destitute and hurting, do [...]

  20. Joe said,

    October 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Republicans and Democrats have worked together for the last 40 years to de-regulate the multinational corporations. Closed their eyes to importing illegal cheap labor that will not abide by our tax and labor rates which forces unfair labor competition. Subsidize corporations that outsource their companies manufacturing to other countries, forcing competition with third world labor rates.They keep us arguing with each other on social issues to keep our hate of the other side and support of our own party when the whole bunch of them are busy neglecting our country, crushing our middle class and giving unlimited lobbying power to the corporations, so they can benefit themselves even further. They have controled inflation of our income, but let healthcare, transportation, travel, housing… costs scyrocket out of affordability.This makes the old “Honest Living” attainable to fewer and fewer people. This I feal is disgusting.

  21. Unpopular and Controversial Obama said,

    October 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    You must have failed Social Studies 101. Congress spends the money not the President. So compare Democrat Congresses vs Republican Congresses and get back to us.

  22. Nick said,

    October 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I cannot believe how many people make the point “the president don’t control the spending!!!”

    Yes, you are right the president does not CONTROL the spending. But it is just downright ignorant to believe that the president does not have a COLOSSAL impact on gov’t spending. Or did you forget that he is the commander in chief of OUR MILITARY? Oh, and he’s also the sole head of our executive branch, (judicial and legislative are not led by ONE person). Methinks the president has more gov’t spending power than any other SINGLE individual in the country.

    So for everyone arguing that this man does not have a large impact on government spending, punch yourselves, and then go read a book.

    And while I sit the remainder of this utterly unintelligent argument out, I’ll leave simply stating that republicans and democrats are both polarized factions that have ruined the very essence of politics. I myself, for example and pro-second amendment, AND pro-choice. (Among very many more liberal-conservative discrepancies).

    This system renders my vote quite simply “Fucked”.

  23. Marv Gordon said,

    November 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Reaganomics. The Dems controlled the senate/house for the better part of 40 years by the time RR took office. Look at debt as a percentage of GDP under the dems. The had paltry increases in spending and year after year lowered the debt percentage. Don’t forget…. they dealt with paying for wars too. RR gets his way and since then our debt has skyrocketed in raw numbers AND percent of GDP. Clinton was able to turn the bleeding around.

  24. February 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

    the fact of the matter what W.and dick along with all the rep.congress spent on afa/Irac would pay for healthcare for everyone and by the way were are all those weapons of mass destruction W,cant even leave the country because even some of the nazi hunters said they would take him to the world court!

  25. kw said,

    March 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    hmm….looks like you fucked this one up. Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose.

  26. Nan said,

    May 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

    It seem’s a lot of people were wrong about his President and Wife they are worse than any people we’ve had in the White House roght now our countries are being destoryed and where are they with 150 Jounornaltist and a entage of staff what happened to useing their IPod or cell or computors wake up people he is just being nice to get elected and if people vote for them again we will be liveing like the Muslims want. It already happened in Micihigan why hasn’t any government helped them and say No to these Muslim every country they get into they take over so wake up if you like ypur freedom for your children and theirs. We want our American Flags out everyday on all school systems and business at our parks and hospital’s Plaza’s everywhere and should be flying every day and this is our country not theres do you see oBAMA STOPPING ANY ONE FROM COMING HERE OR BACKGROUND CHECKING NO .WE DON’T WANT ANY MORE DREAM ACTS IT WAS FOR THE BLACK AMERICANS THE WERE PRISONERS AND THESE blacks American’s have so many places to get help when we has how many they have- can’t even count them, they can’t say they don’t get help. We didn’t tell these people to have so many kids to ruin their state now they want to ruin ours we have put billions into America and no body should be able to come here and take over or rule any state or town or city in the USA NOT ILLEGALS OR MUSLIM’S. We are done giving our Social Securety and Disabilities and SSI that all of us worked hard for our legal American’s and those that Paid to become one of us. No more Amnesty or Reparation or Totalization Areegment, and no having any more Treaties with UN or any one over sea’s and No to Obama selling or giving are Oil and MINERALS IN Alaska to Russia to us it seems like Obama is trying to keep us in debit and give every way we can get ahead away to over sea’s or the illegals. We have people coming here from other countries to have their babies and get our Birth Certificates that’s money being taking away from our Children and a great education for all people whom want one and job skills too. These people come here and get all kinds of wavers grants welfare and now they want us to give them SS No they aren’t Citizens and their Jobs didn’t put into it for them we paid the Taxes on it and was promised it would be safe look up whom took from it and tha’s why it’s not making intrest or any thing but those that took from it should be made to put it back with interest now. we pay for their vacations and parties and dinners and all these arn’t cheap they are greedy selfih extravagant people that don’t care howm much they spend they want to keep us in debt wake up tell all your friends to look up as much as you can on them and what they give over sea’s and do we get any taxes or money back from the Oil wells he;s put our money to over sea’s. We want our USA Better and runing for our Miliatry to come home to a happy Free Nation and every one 1Nation 1Flag Old Glory 1Language English made Offical Nattional Language mandated in America 65 Countries have made English Offical some even mandated it and no body is doing that here and it should of been so years ago just like are boders should of been closed and Clinton was to do so but instead they want to open up are highways so any one can come in to our cities towns is that what we want more Muslims and crime and illegals having kids and our Birth Certificats NO.SHARIA AND Islamic LAW ARE VERY BAD THEY THREATEN AND WILL KILL THEY stone women that cheat but yet they can rape whom ever they want they will cut their wifes head off and shoot their children if they try to dress different but the men can dress different and they want us to pay when they paray at there jobs No and we don’t let Muslim or any one take off of being a scool teacher for weeks and hold the job open for them if an American did such a thing they would loose their job attorney general eric holdner stuck his month into and the muslim teacher got her job back and money how do you lik that and what about all these Muslim waiting around that killed are people it’s time the systems comes back to kill those that kill and prove to these people we will execute you for killing and now Muslim law should be used against any Ameerican town city or state in the USA NOT TO WHERE THEY CONTROLLE D ANY OF THEM IF WE WENT TO THEIR COUNTRIES WE’D NOT BE ABLE TO DRESS AS WE DO OUT SIDE OR PRAY ARE WAY IN THE OPEN OR BE FREE TO TALK AS WE DO SO WHY DOES oBAMA WANT US TO BE FIRST IN EVERY THING AND THOSE THAT COME HERE TAKE OVER LIKE OUR CROSSES AT THE ARILINGTON CEMATARY THEY SAY THERE WASN’T CROSSES ON IT NEVER WERE AND IF THEIR WERE THEY REMOVED NOT TO HURT THE mUSLIMS FEELINGS WHAT ABOUT OUT THESE MEN WOMEN AND YOUNG ADULTS FOUGHT TOGETHER AND IN MUD AND UNDER ATTACK AND THEY COULDN’T HAVE CROSSES HOW SICK WELL FOLKS i DON’T IF ANY ONE WILL READ UP ON ALL WE WROTE BECAUSE WE ARE MAD BUT WE DON’T KILL. ‘REAGAN ONCE SAID IT’S NOT THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE WARS IT’S THE GOVERNMENT’and looking at what Obama is doing he is telling everyone how to run their countries and we might loose the only friend we have left Isreal and they may do some things we don’t like but they have been good to America.Obama after Bin Laden was killed he put grauds around his Sarah because there has been threats to kill us and I guess they’d go after her but why aren’t we grauded and have our borders closed now makes you wonder if it’s only the fame and our destruction of the Citizens leal ones ,ti’s food for thought . The Mexicans better look up the history of their ancestors and see how they took this country away from the people that were here and from the way we signed a treatiey with Mexico after everyone was tired of death and fighting . God Bless US all

  27. David said,

    July 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    2500 years ago Plato said that democracies will always fail because the masses of voters are stupid and selfish. Democrats don’t care about government spending. Republicans only care about government spending when Democrats are in the White House. What is going to destroy this country are the old people — 55% of the national budget is entitlements. 57% of SS and Medicare recipients are Republican. Neither Dems nor Reps will solve out country’s problems because they have to appeal to the masses of selfish voters.

  28. Anonymous said,

    July 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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  29. rrsnotyours@yahoo.com said,

    July 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Whoever doesnt believe that we KILLED all those people in Iraq and STOLE their resource..yes…THEIR resource..is a definite relative of the thieves who stole this country and built it on the backs of stolen peoples lives. I guess these things have to happen to their own mothers for them to realize how they really feel about these issues.Ask yourself this…could any of these countries say no to our oil demands? JUST NO? Well there you go, now you understand our great role of leadership…lol…and lets be honest…which party starts and supports war and invasion? oh COME ON!!!! COME ON!!!!! lol though its so not funny. Not to mention the religious ideals that drive these wars in the middle east…which party has all the religious fanatics behind it? hmmmmmm….i know your mommy and daddy told you it was true….and your school..and your church…neighbors….ect…of course youll fight tooth and nail…myself and everyone else…domestic and abroad…now get to killing already nutjobs. Your suv’s tank is on E.

  30. August 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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  31. August 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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  32. September 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    [...] The day the Bush administration took over from President Bill Clinton in 2001, America enjoyed a $236 billion budget surplus — with a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion. When the Bush administration left office, it handed President Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit — and projected shortfalls of $8 trillion for the next decade. The Obama legacy is still to be played out but finding themselves in a very “deep hole” over the past few years Obama has spent a tremendous amount of money with stimulus funds to try to dig the USA out of the deep hole. Source [...]

  33. September 15, 2011 at 9:38 am

    [...] The day the Bush administration took over from President Bill Clinton in 2001, America enjoyed a $236 billion budget surplus — with a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion. When the Bush administration left office, it handed President Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit — and projected shortfalls of $8 trillion for the next decade. The Obama legacy is still to be played out but finding themselves in a very “deep hole” over the past few years Obama has spent a tremendous amount of money with stimulus funds to try to dig the USA out of the deep hole. Source [...]

  34. fiancial guy said,

    December 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    “Since 1970, spending has grown 64% faster when a Republican sits in the White House than when a Democrat does.”

    Is this a high school paper? Its not how much you borrow or spend ….its the return on the other side For non-fiance majors and the business ignorant. The real issue is “HOW DOES A DEMOCRAT SPEND MONEY” and “HOW DOES A REPUBLICAN SPEND MONEY?” How much money do you get for building another Bridge? – Lets put that puppy oi YOUR credit card and lets find out……I will save you some time…. “ZERO” dollars…..how much money do you make if the country invests in oil, labor, Resource and gets 5% to 13% on the other side. That is 13% we did not borrow …that is 13% more power…..13% less in taxes ….13% less at the store….13% less at the pump……its inevitable ….Democrats will have to find a job and work for a living.

  35. A mother said,

    February 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    So I am really late to the party. What I gained from the comments is, the President does not spend the money. So why in the he ll is Obama being blamed for the debt? Republicans have been in charge since 2010. Love how this gets flipped on the republicans. CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

    One other thing: you may not like the President. There have been plenty of them that I have not liked, but it is beyond disrespectful the way you all speak of the POTUS! What are you teaching your children? Someone mentions his color another the fact he is part Muslim. If we tracked the heritages of all of our former Presidents how many of them will come back as 100 percent American? I guess it comes down to his color. SAD, we as Americans must look like total idiots to our allies and our enemies.

  36. Jeff said,

    September 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Buxh xpent over 5 trillion in 8 yrs in office while Obama is on pace to spend 1.44 trillion in 8 yrs so who created this whole mess Bush and the republicans so stop blaming Obama and stop dividing the country for your political gains get together with the democrats and get some shit done to help this country even if u dont agree who cares let Obama fail or succeed on his own and the same goes for the democrats if republican is president get behind them and work shit out to help us the American people we dont give a fuck about your party lines just get the fucking job done and stop fucking up this country u fucktards


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