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Lend-and-Spend Conservatives

Posted on October 10th, 2004 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008 -- Write a comment


Non-homeland, non-defense discretionary spending was raising at 15 percent a year when I got into office. And today it’s less than 1 percent, because we’re working together to try to bring this deficit under control.

— George W. Bush in the latest debate.


Looking at the whole record, rather than just a couple of cherry-picked years, here’s the truth about increases in non-defense discretionary spending over the past six administrations:

Nixon/Ford: 6.8% per year

Carter: 2.0% per year

Reagan: -1.3% per year

Bush 1: 4.0% per year

Clinton: 2.5% per year

Bush Jr: 8.2% per year

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