Hypocritical GOP Fiscally Responsible

Not much has changed for the GOP since Bush left the White House last month, they still live in their fiscally irresponsible parallel world, they even tried to say that the current economic situation has nothing to do with the last administration. Yes, the world of the GOP is definitely a  parallax view.

With the recent passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the GOP has both barrels loaded to shoot themselves in the foot. The GOP has stated that much of the bill is irresponsible, mainly because corporate America and the rich didn’t get all the perks. The GOP continues to repeat their tired line, “the bill is full of pork” which is another great lie. Of course, lies and distraction from the truth are the GOP way. They must miss George and Dick.

I find it insulting that Republicans would actually have the nerve to call anyone fiscally irresponsible.  After all, Bush and the GOP Congress were on a spending spree for six years, and look where that took us.  In fact under the Bush administration spending exceeded all U.S. presidents. I guess it hasn’t dawned on them that we can read and we are paying attention now.

This news is far from new, in 2005 the CATO Institute published “The Grand Old Spending Party: How Republicans Became Big Spenders”

  • President Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson. Even after excluding spending on defense and homeland security, Bush is still the biggest-spending president in 30 years. His 2006 budget doesn’t cut enough spending to change his place in history, either.
  • Total government spending grew by 33 percent during Bush’s first term. The federal budget as a share of the economy grew from 18.5 percent of GDP on Clinton’s last day in office to 20.3 percent by the end of Bush’s first term.
  • The Republican Congress has enthusiastically assisted the budget bloat. Inflation-adjusted spending on the combined budgets of the 101 largest programs they vowed to eliminate in 1995 has grown by 27 percent.
  • The GOP was once effective at controlling nondefense spending. The final nondefense budgets under Clinton were a combined $57 billion smaller than what he proposed from 1996 to 2001. Under Bush, Congress passed budgets that spent a total of $91 billion more than the president requested for domestic programs. Bush signed every one of those bills during his first term. Even if Congress passes Bush’s new budget exactly as proposed, not a single cabinet-level agency will be smaller than when Bush assumed office.
  • Republicans could reform the budget rules that stack the deck in favor of more spending. Unfortunately, senior House Republicans are fighting the changes. The GOP establishment in Washington today has become a defender of big government.

Priceless…… And, in October 2006, the Democratic Policy Committee released the following report:


Bush Republicans turned record surpluses into record deficits just before the retirement of the baby boom generation. President Bush inherited a unified budget surplus of $236 billion from President Clinton, the largest surplus in American history.  When President Bush took office in 2001, budget surpluses were expected to continue for at least another ten years, and were projected to total $5.6 trillion between Fiscal Years 2002 and 2011. (President Bush’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2002, “A Blueprint for New Beginnings,” 2/28/01)  By 2002, however, the unified federal budget had returned to a deficit of $158 billion, and the unified deficit has reached historically high levels ever since:

  • 2003:              -$378 billion (2nd largest deficit in U.S. history)
  • 2004:              -$413 billion (largest deficit in U.S. history)
  • 2005:              $318 billion (3rd largest deficit in U.S. history)
  • 2006:              $248 billion (7th largest deficit in U.S. history)

With the help of the Republican-controlled Congress, President Bush oversaw three consecutive years of unified budget deficits larger than those in any previous Presidency.  Even though the economy is well into a recovery, the $248 billion 2006 deficit remains among the largest in American history. (Office of Management and Budget; Congressional Budget Office). The decision to continue running large deficits is especially irresponsible given the impending retirement of the baby boom generation.

Federal debt has exploded on the Republican watch. At the end of 2001, the year the Bush Administration took office, gross debt was $5.8 trillion.  Today, gross debt totals $8.5 trillion.  By the end of 2011, the debt is projected to soar to $11.6 trillion.

As borrowing has exploded, the United States has become increasingly reliant on foreigners to buy our debt and finance our deficits.  It took 42 presidents 224 years to run up a trillion dollars of external debt.  Incredibly, this president more than doubled that amount in just five years, increasing foreign-held debt by another $1.1 trillion.  Last year, the United States was responsible for 65 percent of world borrowing, dramatically more than any other nation.

Bravo Congressional Republicans you are the voice of fiscal responsibility!

As for accountability, a concept lost on the GOP, for all that so called pork, the White House has launched a new web page Recovery.gov so we can see where the recovery money is actually going. The web site actually states accountability and transparency. In a nut shell:

Where is Your Money Going?

Where is your money going chart

So, there you have it, the Republican version of fiscal responsibility in their parallax universe.

6 comments to Hypocritical GOP Fiscally Responsible

  • Political Girl:
    Let’s back this train up and put some clarity on the subject.

    Your statement:

    “The DEMs are the ones that are known to like spending because that is what they always do. They have spent $2 trillion dollars in the last four months. And now salesman Obama is harping to spend $3.5 trillion more.”

    Yes, it’s true that Obama has requested and received obscene amounts of money, however, let’s not forget the money for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, would never have been needed if Bush had spent funds on infrastructure, domestic issues; like states screaming for financial help for the past three + years, and regulations. Further let us also not forget that Bush signed every spending bill the GOP Congress sent him. Bush ran up a $1.3 trillion deficit — the largest in our nation’s history.

  • Political Girl

    Hey Wil Robinson, I suggest you take a look at the numbers. Clinton started to have surpluses AFTER the GOP took control of the House. You must surely know that all spending starts in the House and Presidents can only spend what they are given. Unfortunately, John Kasich, House Budget Chairman and Dick Army, Majority Leader, left the House and the GOP went on a spending spree when Bush was elected. So much for “compassionate conservatism.” It is precisely because of Bush’s spending and spendthrift MOC like Tom DeLay that grassroots Republicans sat on their hands these past few years. After all, if they wanted to elect big-spending corrupt politicians that use their own office for personal gain, they could vote Democrat.

    The DEMs are the ones that are known to like spending because that is what they always do. They have spent $2 trillion dollars in the last four months. And now salesman Obama is harping to spend $3.5 trillion more. Greaaaaaat.

    Danger Wil Robinson, Danger…When this crowd gets done in DC, our money will be worthless.

  • Both parties spend, and both parties are equally to blame for the national debt. The real issue is what they spend on. If they were spending, even in deficit, and investing that money in things we truly need. Then that would be one thing. What we don’t need to be spending any more money on is the waste fraud and abuse laden military budget and corpoRATe welfare bailouts.

    Alas, the present failed admin is gonna spend on both those disasters, just like the last admin did. There is no “hope” for “change” from statusquobama, but:

    If progressive third parties and progressive independent candidates run for and win even a handful of congressional seats in 2010. That will set the political landscape ablaze and cause a progressive wildfire to be set that would burn the two parties of the apocalypse but good come the 2012 election!


    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  • Indeed, a Republican administration named George H.W. Bush and for Obama George W. Bush. This should be a warning to never put another Bush in the White House.

    Why are the Democrats still known as the ones who like to spend?

    I think the talking heads are too lazy to actually do their research before they open their mouths.

  • The think that’s been sticking out to me is that Clinton came in in 92 and proceeded to reduce the deficit – a deficit incurred by republican administrations.

    Now Obama is coming in with a huge deficit…and says he can reduce it by half in 4 years. Whether he can or not remains to be seen, but…

    Why are the Democrats still known as the ones who like to spend?

  • Yes the filthy repubs get most of the blame for the recent run up in the national debt, but the dirty dem controlled house and senate has kept up the deficit spending over the last 2 years and show no sign of any real change. The last budget the dirty dem controlled house and senate contained the largest pentagon budget in history, as well as trillions in corpoRATe welfare bailout giveaways. The filthy repubs are out of power, but the dirty dems are doing the same things the filthy repubs did!

    Worried about the deficit? Fear not, the neolib klinton klan hillbillies are meeting with the blew dogs to discuss “entitlement reform” in order to “reduce the deficit.” That means cuts to social spending boys and girls. Behold, as obamessiah attempts to balance the federal budget on the backs of the old, infirm, and poor!

    Yes, tax cuts and cuts to social spending are the neolib way. Didn’t ronnie raygun do and say the same things? Didn’t work for raygun, ain’t gonna work for obamessiah!

    New an improved is the obamessiah mantra. They are taking the failed policies of the past and claiming they can make them work better! This ain’t gonna work!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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