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Myth: Republicans oppose big government spending

Fact: Data on Spending by President

Fact: Of the 369,000 Government employees added between 1962 and 2001, 84% were added under Republican administrations.

Fact Bush promised to veto any bill costing over 256 billion, but when Republican Congress passed the Transportation Bill, costing $284,000,000,000 he signed it.

Included in the bill:

  • $200,000,000 for a bridge in Alaska that would serve an island with 50 residents
  • $125,000,000 for a bridge in Anchorage, Alaska
  • $3,000,000 to renovate and expand the National Packard Museum and adjacent historic Packard facilities in Warren, Ohio

(Source: Citizens against Government Waste)

"Don Young (R-AK) helped secure nearly $1 billion in earmarks for his sparsely populated state and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) secured $700 million for the area in and around his home district of Bakersfield, California...It is only fitting, then, that the President signed this legislation in Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-IL) district, because the Speaker secured the third highest amount of highway pork in the nation." -Taxpayers for Common Sense

Fact: Some more of the things the Republicans in Congress are spending your money on:

  • $2,000,000 for the First Tee golf program in St. Augustine, Fla.;
  • $1,800,000 for the Women's World Cup tournament;
  • $725,000 for the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia;
  • $325,000 for the construction of a swimming pool in Salinas, Calif.;
  • $220,000 for the New Mexico Retail Association in Albuquerque;
  • $270,000 for "sustainable olive production";
  • $400,000 for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.;
  • $315,000 for Formosan Subterranean Termite research;
  • $270,000 for potato storage in Madison, Wis.

Source: Boston Globe

Fact: "Federal spending has jumped to its highest level, per household, since World War II, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation. "The unfortunate truth is that the Bush administration, aided by a Republican Congress, has increased spending more in three years than the previous administration did in eight," said Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

A $128 billion budget surplus when Bush moved into the White House is now a $375 billion deficit with few people optimistic that the federal budget will reach balance again."

Source

Fact: "Spending has mushroomed by 23.7%, the fastest pace in a decadeā€¦. overall federal expenditures have grown to an estimated $2.31 trillion for the budget year that started Oct. 1. That is up from $1.86 trillion in President Clinton's final year, a rate of growth not seen for any three-year period since (Bush Senior) 1989 to 1991...

What has vexed conservatives most is the 31.5% growth since Bush took office in discretionary spending....Such spending grew by an annual average of 3.4% during Clinton's eight years..."

Source: USA Today

Fact: You can watch how quickly Republicans are spending your money here:

Conclusion

Democrats support effective government, Republicans oppose effective government. One of the ways Republicans oppose effective government is by creating a large, inneffective government.

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