My whole life I’ve heard republicans claim the wanted smaller government and more freedoms while claiming democrats were for big government and less freedoms. Lets take a look at the facts and see if their speech equals how they really govern.
When he took office the debt was 997 billion dollars and the deficit was 80 billion dollars the year before he took office.
When he left office the debt was 2.8 Trillion and the deficit the year he left office was 250 billion dollars in one year.
So under Reagan the debt increased 1.8 Trillion and he if continued Carter policies it would have been 640 billion so Reagan increased the debt by 1.2 trillion with his own policies
Took office debt was 2.8 Trillion and Deficit was 250 billion
Left office debt was 4 Trillion and deficit was 400 Billion (final year)
Continuing Reagan Polices would have added 1 trillion to debt so in 4 years 200 billion is due to Bush policies
Took office 4 trillion debt and 400 billion deficit
Left office 5.8 Trillion debt and 100 billion deficit (final year)
Continuing Bush Sr. Policies would have added 3.2 Trillion so in 8 years Clinton actually CUT spending 1.4 trillion
George Bush Jr.
Took office 5.8 Trillion debt 100 billion deficit
Left Office 11 Trillion Debt 1 trillion deficit (final year)
Continuing Clinton policies would have added 800 Billion so in 8 years 4.4 Trillion in debt is due to Bush Policies
Took office 11 Trillion Debt 1 trillion deficit
After years (projected) 16.4 Trillion 1.6 Trillion deficit
Continuing Bush Polices would have added 4 Trillion in Debt so in 4 years 1.4 Trillion is due to Obama Policies
As you can see despite all the talk deficits have increased slower under Obama than under Bush and the only president to actually cut spending in last 30 years was a Democrat in Bill Clinton.
Size of Government (including federal and public sector workers)
Under both Reagan and Bush over 1 million government jobs were created while under Obama we have lost over 700,000 public sector employees including
Teachers - Cut 5.6%
Police - Cut 8.4%
Emergency responders - Cut 43.5%
Air Traffic Controllers - Cut 28.5%
Only public sector to grow under Obama is Fire Fighters who increased 18.9%
If the public sector was allowed to expand at the same rate as every previous president we would be at less than 7% unemployment and have almost 2,000,000 more good paying jobs. This private sector recovery has been faster than under both Reagan and Bush but is kept down because of the massive layoff in public sector workers for the first time in any recession recovery.
So I you want smaller government and less increase in deficit spending vote Democrat.