Sunday, October 10, 2004


Did you notice Bush repeating one of his grest lies during the debate?

"Non-homeland, non-defense discretionary spending was raising at 15 percent a year when I got into office. And today it's less than 1 percent, because we're working together to try to bring this deficit under control."

Here's the truth about increases in non-defense discretionary spending over the past six administrations:

Nixon/Ford: 6.8% per year
Carter: 2.0% per year
Reagan: -1.3% per year
Bush I: 4.0% per year
Clinton: 2.5% per year
Bush II: 8.2% per year

Adjusted for inflation.

The truth is simple: all spending has skyrocketed under his administration — with help from a Republican Congress, of course. It's more of the great Bush fantasy.

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