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With the massive growth in federal spending post-Clinton, can W and crew credibly continue to chant the smaller government/reduced federal spending/lower taxes mantra with a straight face?

We've all seen how the compassion in 'compassionate conservatism' has played out, but what about the latter part of the equation? Seems like there could be serious traction here for the eventual Democratic nominee.

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Even R. Limbaugh's intelligence is borrowed

"On loan from God" doesn't he say?

I think it's already got traction that the "borrow and spend" conservatives are in the House.
Although in fairness we did resolve to war and that's not cheap. But such broad tax cuts at the same time? Where's the sacrifice there?

I'll bet the nominee alludes to this now and again....


mdehner said:
With the massive growth in federal spending post-Clinton, can W and crew credibly continue to chant the smaller government/reduced federal spending/lower taxes mantra with a straight face?

We've all seen how the compassion in 'compassionate conservatism' has played out, but what about the latter part of the equation? Seems like there could be serious traction here for the eventual Democratic nominee.

Thoughts?
 

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For at least 30 years...

Democratic Presidents have run lower deficits than Republicans. Jimmy Carter had a deficit of around $100M, which Reagan called wreckless & irresponsible. Reagan then tripled the deficit in a few years.

Bush41 appreciated the fiscal trainwreck of Reagan's voodoo economics (so-dubbed by Bush41), and raised taxes to the fury of the spendthrift Right. Clinton further corrected Federal fiscal cashflow to balance the budget, only to have Bush43 rip a half-trillion dollar hole in the Federal balance sheet in just 3 years.

To find a Democratic spendthrift, relative to a fiscally conservative Republican, you have to go back to the Hoover/Roosevelt transition. Now THAT was an expensive war.
 
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