the Cato Institute report on our big spending president: here.
There always seems to be a practical concern stopping conservatives from following through on the theories of fiscal responsibility they like to claim are their home turf. Always some practical concern turns up... like an island in Alaska that MUST HAVE A BRIDGE... QUICK! Before a democrat gets in office there! Hurry!
Are they wrong or duplicitous... well as I've learned here, it doesn't matter that much, once you know it's pure fantasy, self delusion can mix with public delusion in a flexible range of ratios.
The report also notes Bush' big spending ways holds even if you subtract defense and homeland security spending. At this point, using Clinton as the standard as the most recent Democratic President, there can be little doubt, can there, that the Democratic Party has more right to claims of fiscal responsibility. Fair?
BTW: on the related topic of why world opinion matters even if we don't really care what they think... Clinton says: "What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts".
Every day. Every day we borrow money from the world to pay for these deferred taxes that Bush has created in the form of spending and tax cuts. We are the beggar here, the world, our benefactor, and does that not amount to a wake up call? If not now, then when?