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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Conservatives Finally Criticize Bush's Spending Orgy

From Joe Scarborough, another pissed off conservative:
But compare Clinton's 3.4 percent growth rate to the spending orgy that has dominated Washington since Bush moved into town. With Republicans in charge of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, spending growth has averaged 10.4 percent per year. And the GOP's reckless record goes well beyond runaway defense costs. The federal education bureaucracy has exploded by 101 percent since Republicans started running Congress. Spending in the Justice Department over the same period has shot up 131 percent, the Commerce Department 82 percent, the Department of Health and Human Services 81 percent, the State Department 80 percent, the Department of Transportation 65 percent, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development 59 percent. Incredibly, the four bureaucracies once targeted for elimination by the GOP Congress--Commerce, Energy, Education, and Housing and Urban Development--have enjoyed spending increases of an average of 85 percent.

It's enough to make economic conservatives long for the day when Marxists were running the White House.

This must all be shocking to my Republican friends who still believe our country would be a better place if our party controlled every branch of government as well as every news network, movie studio, and mid-American pulpit. But evidence suggests that divided government may be what Washington needs the most.

1 Comments:

At 9/17/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Jack Boo said...

"This must all be shocking to my Republican friends who still believe our country would be a better place if our party controlled every branch of government as well as every news network, movie studio, and mid-American pulpit."

Your Republican friends??? You should introduce us to them sometime.

Personally, I don't know any Republicans who wish the Republican Party controlled news networks, movie studios, or the mid-American pulpit (whatever the hell that is).

Nevertheless...no shock to me. Bush spends like a drunken sailor...'cept the difference between Bush and drunken sailors is that drunken sailors spend their own money.

Of course, on this blog I've noticed that Bush and the Republicans are regularly criticized for spending cuts (or, to be accurate, REDUCING the RATE of spending). Which in turn usually prompts me to point out that Bush's spending practices should be something liberals should be celebrating. I must say, keeping you guys happy is no small task...

 

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