Sunday, September 18, 2005

Worst Fiscal Policies Ever

Leaders Who Won't Choose - Newsweek: International Editions -

"Whatever his other accomplishments, Bush will go down in history as the most fiscally irresponsible chief executive in American history. Since 2001, government spending has gone up from $1.86 trillion to $2.48 trillion, a 33 percent rise in four years! Defense and Homeland Security are not the only culprits. Domestic spending is actually up 36 percent in the same period. These figures come from the libertarian Cato Institute's excellent report 'The Grand Old Spending Party,' which explains that 'throughout the past 40 years, most presidents have cut or restrained lower-priority spending to make room for higher-priority spending. What is driving George W. Bush's budget bloat is a reversal of that trend.' To govern is to choose. And Bush has decided not to choose. He wants guns and butter and tax cuts."

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