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Old 11-05-2007, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/24/2007 | Bush is the biggest spender since LBJ
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Take almost any yardstick and Bush generally exceeds the spending of his predecessors.

When adjusted for inflation, discretionary spending — or budget items that Congress and the president can control, including defense and domestic programs, but not entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare — shot up at an average annual rate of 5.3 percent during Bush’s first six years, Slivinski calculates.

That tops the 4.6 percent annual rate Johnson logged during his 1963-69 presidency. By these standards, Ronald Reagan was a tightwad; discretionary spending grew by only 1.9 percent a year on his watch.

Discretionary spending went up in Bush's first term by 48.5 percent, not adjusted for inflation, more than twice as much as Bill Clinton did (21.6 percent) in two full terms, Slivinski reports.

Defense spending is the big driver — but hardly the only one.

Under Bush it's grown on average by 5.7 percent a year. Under LBJ — who had a war to fund, too — it rose by 4.9 percent a year. Both numbers are adjusted for inflation.

Including costs for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense spending under Bush has gone up 86 percent since 2001, according to Chris Hellman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Current annual defense spending — not counting war costs — is 25 percent above the height of the Reagan-era buildup, Hellman said.

Homeland security spending also has soared, to about $31 billion last year, triple the pre-9/11 number.

But Bush's super-spending is about far more than defense and homeland security.

Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group, points to education spending. Adjusted for inflation, it's up 18 percent annually since 2001, thanks largely to Bush’s No Child Left Behind act.

The 2002 farm bill, he said, caused agriculture spending to double its 1990s levels.

Then there was the 2003 Medicare prescription drug benefit — the biggest single expansion in the program’s history — whose 10-year costs are estimated at more than $700 billion.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:32 PM
 
Location: NC
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that is one reason I cant stand him. I thought he was supposed to be a conservitive Well I guess he is just a run of the mill Republican
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Pa
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Back the pork out of the budgit and what would it be???? Pork is the sole ownership of our duelly elected reps...
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Back the pork out of the budgit and what would it be???? Pork is the sole ownership of our duelly elected reps...
Pork, while often outrageous, takes but a tiny percentage of our national budget. It's not the reason spending increased so significantly during Bush's reign. However, it did go up signicantly during his reign as well, something he made no attempt to reduce until Democrats controlled Congress.
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:27 PM
 
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Yeah that's my beef with him, some of his problem is just failure to put his veto pen to work when those congressional pork barrel spending projects come through.

In his defense, he's had a tough tenure in office - Iraq (his option of course), 9-11, Katrina, recession recovery, etc.
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:27 PM
 
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Bush is the creation of a group of powerful business leaders who promoted and bankrolled him to be President so he could promote their agenda and create conditions in which government money would flow into their businesses. High government spending is just part of the arrangement.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:04 PM
 
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Bush is a Neo Con so their agenda precludes spending limits.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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In real life writing a check you can’t cash is called criminal.

Wait until the bill comes due and someone has to pay for it!
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Pa
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Pork, while often outrageous, takes but a tiny percentage of our national budget. It's not the reason spending increased so significantly during Bush's reign. However, it did go up signicantly during his reign as well, something he made no attempt to reduce until Democrats controlled Congress.
Agreed. He was used like a rubber stamp. I don't like him at all. But I like the business of blaming anyone and everyone else even less. That is what DC is all about anymore. They should all be fired.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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In real life writing a check you can’t cash is called criminal.

Wait until the bill comes due and someone has to pay for it!
Sadly, George W. Bush is a mirror of the American peoples desires and hopes as are most Presidents. We the people are responsible for this pin head thus far and I hold no honor in this thought.

He reminds me of what Ronald Reagan once said when describing government.

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. --Ronald Reagan
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