At Long Last

Thank goodness. Finally we are hearing someone bitch and moan about the outrageous spending that has taken place during President Bush’s administration due to appropriations from a REPUBLICAN congress:

Federal outlays jumped by $222 billion in President Bush’s first two years, a spending increase that is expected to accelerate under the administration-backed $400 billion prescription-drug bill that is speeding through Congress.

Much of the spending increases have been for defense and the war on terrorism at home and abroad, according to White House and congressional budget analysts.

The two-year increases represent 1 percent of the economy’s annual gross domestic product, four-tenths of which was devoted to national security.

Meanwhile, Democrats are still lying about spending:

Democrats have been loudly complaining that domestic social welfare spending has been cut under the Bush administration.

But congressional budget officials say that over the past two years such spending for education, job training, unemployment assistance, Medicare, Social Security, veterans benefits, food stamps and other “human resources” has risen from 11.5 percent of GDP to 12.7 percent.

This fiscal irresponsibility is Bush’s Achilles Heel in his re-election bid. Not his ‘arrogance,’ his ‘lying about WMD,’ the fact that ‘he is stupid,’ or the ‘tax cuts for the rich,’ or ‘the erosion of civil rights,’ or any of the other crap that Democrats routinely screetch about every campaign (he is going to starve the poor, enslave the dark-skinned, put children in labor camps, etc.) The spending is his real problem.

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3 replies
  1. 1
    Jonas says:

    Meanwhile, Democrats are still lying about spending:

    Democrats have been loudly complaining that domestic social welfare spending has been cut under the Bush administration.

    But congressional budget officials say that over the past two years such spending for education, job training, unemployment assistance, Medicare, Social Security, veterans benefits, food stamps and other “human resources” has risen from 11.5 percent of GDP to 12.7 percent.

    Do you realize that if GDP shrinks, the percentage spending relative to GDP can increase yet the actual dollars spent can decrease? To say nothing of dollars spent per person; if more people qualify for food stamps this year than last year, then you need more money to keep funding per person at the same levels.

    If it’s an increase, why don’t you just mention the amount of money being increased, rather than use ratio of money spent to GDP? Or are the democrats not lying?

  2. 2
    John Cole says:

    I will just assume you are a Democrat because you are so ill-informed.

    The GDP, despite all the Democrat protestations about the ‘worst economy ever’ has been increasing every quarter Bush has been President (to be honest, I don’t know the last time the GDP did not increase).

    http://www.bea.doc.gov/bea/dn/.....ed.asp#Mid

    You can find the 2004 budget here:

    http://w3.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/fy2004/fct.html

    Show me the cuts in social spending, Bubba.

    I like people making comments, but try to know your ass from a hole in the ground when you make snarky comments.

  3. 3
    Toren says:

    Damn skippy, John.
    I would never vote for one of the clowns from the Donk Party, but if the Republican Party doesn’t quit spending like a drunken sailor, I may just stay home on election day.
    And I won’t be alone.

    “For Republicans to be suggesting taxes should be raised eliminates the need for a Republican Party. If Republicans behave like Democrats, it would be better to vote for the real thing and spare us the disappointment.”
    –Cal Thomas

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