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    The Rapid Decline And Fall Of American "Conservatism"

    Here are some hard facts.

    Government spending has increased faster under George Bush and his Republican Congress than it did under Bill Clinton, and more people work for the federal government today than at any time since the end of the Cold War. During Bushs first term, total government spending skyrocketed from $1.86 trillion to $2.48 trillion, an increase of 33 percent ($23,000 per household, the highest level since World War II).

    The federal budget grew by $616.4 billion during Bushs first term in office. If post 9/11 defense spending is taken off the table, domestic spending has ballooned by 23 percent since Bush took office.

    When Bill Clinton left office in 2000, federal spending equaled 18.5 percent of the gross domestic product. By the end of the first Bush administration, government outlays increased to 20.3 percent of the GDP.

    The annualized growth rate of non-defense and non-homeland-security outlays has more than doubled from 2.1 percent under Clinton to 4.8 percent under Bush.

    Increased spending inevitably means increased taxes

    Thus, despite Bushs much vaunted tax cuts, Americans actually pay more in taxes today than they did during Bill Clintons last year in office. The 2006 annual report from Americans for Tax Reform, titled Cost of Government Day, sums up rather nicely the intrusive role played by Republican government in the lives of ordinary Americans.

    The report says that Americans had to work 86.5 days just to pay their federal taxes, as compared to 78.5 days in 2000 under Bill Clinton. In other words, the average American has worked 10.2 percent more for the federal government under George Bush than under Bill Clinton.

    When state and local taxes (controlled in the majority of places by Republicans) are added to federal taxes, Americans worked for the government eight hours a day, five days a week, from January 1 until July 12,
    meaning they worked full-time for the government for more than half the year.

    As Tom Feeney, a congressional Republican put it: I remember growing up and reading in some school textbooks that if more than half your paycheck went to the government, you're in a socialist society.

    Last edited by dchristie; 12-08-2006 at 08:14 PM.

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    Re: The Rapid Decline And Fall Of American "Conservatism"

    And the most disgusting part of this Republican calamity is that since 2001, the Congressional Budget Office has found President Bush's "tax cuts" have shifted federal tax payments from the richest Americans to a wide swath of middle-class families.
    The CBO study found that the wealthiest 20 percent, whose incomes averaged $182,700 in 2001, saw their share of federal taxes drop from 64.4 percent of total tax payments in 2001 to 63.5 percent this year. The top 1 percent, earning $1.1 million, saw their share fall to 20.1 percent of the total, from 22.2 percent.
    Over that same period, taxpayers with incomes from around $51,500 to around $75,600 saw their share of federal tax payments increase. Households earning around $75,600 saw their tax burden jump the most, from 18.7 percent of all taxes to 19.5 percent.

    This Republican administration, Republican House and Republican Senate have been the most underhanded, scheming, conniving bunch of right-wing misfits ever to descend upon Washington.

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