As a longtime proponent of cutting government spending, and a reluctant-at-best GOP voter, I couldn’t wait to dig into the latest from Sally Kohn, detailing the GOP’s “anti-tax austerity” and “bash and slash” cuts to Washington DC.
I must admit I was a little hesitant, because I couldn’t remember any actual, you know, austerity under George W. Bush, what with those deficits of his that were so large they were unpatriotic even. And I was hard-pressed to think of any slashes to government spending, even with the GOP in charge of the House.
Nevertheless, I dug right in and was shocked to see the numbers Kohn had dug up.
OK, so Kohn didn’t provide any numbers per se, just a collection of mean things various Republicans, including Ronald Reagan who hasn’t even been a president for a very long time, have said about Washington, DC.
The numbers I have here show that government spending rose under Bush, then found a new and even higher plateau under Obama.
But I’m sure the slashing and the austerity must be in there somewhere.
I’ll contact Kohn for an addendum to her piece.