BUSH AMONG BIGGEST SPENDING PRESIDENTS
Oct. 14, 2005
After nearly five years in office, the record is clear: President
George W. Bush ranks among the biggest spending presidents in
American history! With such a record, no person can honestly
categorize G.W. Bush as a fiscal conservative. By comparison,
Dubya's spending habits make Bill Clinton look like a
Writing for the Financial Times (7/15/05), Jim Cooper stated,
"President George W. Bush has failed to impose discipline on
congressional spending. His Republican Congress has,
unsurprisingly, become headstrong and spendthrift as a result."
Cooper continued by saying, "Mr. Bush is the first US president
since James Garfield in 1881 to accept every bill that Congress
sends him as if it were perfect. And Garfield only served six
months in office."
Again, Cooper wrote, "Most of the strong presidents in American
history vetoed dozens, sometimes hundreds, of bills. Mr. Bush has
Beyond that, according to Stephen Slivinski of the libertarian Cato
Institute, "[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, Mr. Bush is still the biggest-spending president in 30
years." However, the story is even worse than that.
Jim Cooper notes that "Not only has Mr. Bush failed to veto any
legislation, he has not rescinded any outlays. This lesser-known
power has been used by every president since Richard Nixon
except, again, for George W. Bush. Rescissions allow presidents to
cut any spending programmes within larger bills as long as simple
majorities in both Houses of Congress agree.
"Although this White House pretends it is powerless, former
president Bill Clinton sought to rescind 163 spending items
totaling $6.6 billion, and won 111 from a divided Congress, saving
$3.6 billion. Mr. Bush's father tried to rescind 169 items totaling
$13.3 billion, winning 34 from a divided Congress, saving $2.3
billion. The champion is Ronald Reagan, who tried to cut 602
spending items costing $43.4 billion and won 214, again from a
divided Congress, thus saving $15.6 billion."
Cooper summarized by saying, "Mr. Bush has rescinded no
programmes, saving no dollars, despite complete Republican
control of Congress. The fiscal consequences of one-party
government are dire. Today, there is no adult supervision of
Congress. No wonder congressional 'earmarks'-pork-barrel
spending in a member's own state or district-have multiplied to
almost $24 billion annually. Mr. Bush is aiding and abetting the
most expensive political logrolling in American history."
There can now be no argument on the subject. Anyone attempting
to claim that G.W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress believe
in limiting government spending is pixilated! George Bush
consumes tax dollars the way he once consumed booze! And, on
the whole, his Republican buddies in Congress are perhaps even
bigger spending sops than he is! They don't belong in Washington;
they belong in SA (Spenders Anonymous).
© Chuck Baldwin
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