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Higher Taxes Courtesy Of The Party Of Lower Taxes
As I've been saying, if you're looking fiscally at who's the last conservative in office, well, Bill Clinton has George Bush beat by far. Via aldaily, by C. Bradley Thompson, this piece:

Here are some hard facts. Government spending has increased faster under George Bush and his Republican Congress than it did under Bill Clinton, and more people work for the federal government today than at any time since the end of the Cold War. During Bush’s first term, total government spending skyrocketed from $1.86 trillion to $2.48 trillion, an increase of 33 percent (almost $23,000 per household, the highest level since World War II). The federal budget grew by $616.4 billion during Bush’s first term in office. If post 9/11 defense spending is taken off the table, domestic spending has ballooned by 23 percent since Bush took office. When Bill Clinton left office in 2000, federal spending equaled 18.5 percent of the gross domestic product, but by the end of the first Bush administration, government outlays had increased to 20.3 percent of the GDP. The annualized growth rate of non-defense and non-homeland-security outlays has more than doubled from 2.1 percent under Clinton to 4.8 percent under Bush.

Increased spending inevitably means increased taxes. Thus, despite President Bush’s much vaunted tax cuts, Americans actually pay more in taxes today than they did during Bill Clinton’s last year in office. The 2006 annual report from Americans for Tax Reform, titled “Cost of Government Day,” sums up rather nicely the intrusive role played by Republican government in the lives of ordinary Americans. The report says that Americans had to work 86.5 days just to pay their federal taxes, as compared to 78.5 days in 2000 under Bill Clinton. In other words, the average American has worked 10.2 percent more for the federal government under George Bush than under Bill Clinton. When state and local taxes (controlled in the majority of places by Republicans) are added to federal taxes, Americans worked for the government eight hours a day, five days a week, from January 1 until July 12, meaning they worked full-time for the government for more than half the year. As Tom Feeney, a congressional Republican put it: “I remember growing up and reading in some school textbooks that if more than half your paycheck went to the government, then you were living in a socialist society.” Just so, Mr. Feeney.

Remember "limited government"? Me neither. These guys have a contract with Halliburton, the church, and a bunch of oil companies. At the moment, thanks to their notion that they can do no wrong with their base as long as they're against gay marriage and abortion, they're not doing so well in Iraq. Oh yeah, and then there are the soldiers who occasionally appear on the news, dead or maimed, as non-victims of the non-civil war we've unleashed in Iraq. Oh, them. But, the public has yet to catch on about the limited government thing, which has turned into a rather unlimited government thing, lucky Republicans (or as I like to call them, "the biggest big Democrats since FDR").

A friend of mine who's in her sixties thinks Social Security won't tank until 20046, meaning I'll get some for a few years. (P.S. I think you have to be crazy to think you'll live on it in your senescence.)

Posted by aalkon at December 5, 2006 7:10 AM

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I've been reading those figures for quite awhile. I would think the left/liberals would be happier with GW because of it all. I guess it shows you can't buy your friends.

Posted by: doombuggy at December 5, 2006 2:55 AM

More of the Bushian doublespeak. The average American votes with the GOP ‘cause they want their guns, no abortions, and to ban gays. All the while we’ve giving up our freedoms at a more rapid pace than ever before, going deeper into debt, and are losing our industrial base.

In one of his last interviews, Strom Thurmond was asked what he thought about George W. His comments were that he made a pretty good frat boy.

Posted by: Roger at December 5, 2006 5:56 AM

If Social Security really doesn't go bust until 20046, we're all in pretty good shape. I'm not that optimistic; I'll assume your finger stuttered on the '0' key.

Posted by: Rex Little at December 5, 2006 11:44 AM

The late Ronald Reagan use to defend himself from changing parties from Democrat to Republican. He would say: "I never left the Democratic party... the party left me." The Republican party under the control of the Bush/Rove left me. I am not a Democrat, but a registered independent.

Posted by: Joe at December 5, 2006 1:37 PM

to cover retirement costs for workers at the Delphi Corporation, its former parts division.

Posted by: ionamin at May 24, 2007 11:54 AM

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