Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

- Lord Acton

Spending Like Liberals Conseratives!

During the first five years of President Bush's presidency, nondefense discretionary spending (i.e., spending decided on an annual basis) rose 27.9 percent, far more than the 1.9 percent growth during President Clinton's first five years, according to the libertarian Reason Foundation. And according to Citizens Against Government Waste, the number of congressional "pork barrel" projects under Republican leadership during fiscal 2005 was 13,997, more than 10 times that of 1994. [Read]

In the three years since Bush took office, discretionary spending money that is not tied to long-term entitlements, including defense, domestic security, education and transportation has grown by 31.5 percent. Non-discretionary spending mandatory programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has reached record highs. [Read]

Another couple of terms of "leadership" from the right and the left will have the massive government they always dreamed -- did anyone ever imagine Bush would make Clinton look conservative fiscally?

posted at 07:35:43 on 01/23/06 by clearpolitics - Category: Economics - [Permalink]

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