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One chart in this succinct, readable book compares overall federal spending under presidential administrations since Johnson's; another chart shows that spending minus military, homeland security, and entitlement (mostly Social Security and Medicare) outlays. The first shows Bush II outspending every administration since LBJ's; the second, every one but Nixon and Ford's. What happened to the party that railed against big government? Well, it caved to "the smell of the marble." The moneyed ambience of a capital crawling with organizational lobbyists and devoid of ordinary-citizen advocates seduced would-be budget hawks of the Reagan and especially the Contract-with-America revolutions. In chronicling this GOP collapse, Slivinski shows that both revolutions reined in spending early on, and that a small band of congresspersons remained both hard on spending and reelectable. The spending orgy in reaction to but by no means spent directly on hurricane-damaged New Orleans revived the budget hawks and may provoke a fight within the Republican Party. Meanwhile, Slivinski argues that having one party control the White House and the other Congress is more economical--look at Clinton's tenure. Ray Olson
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Stephen A. Slivinski is an expert in tax and budget issues and is the director of budget studies at the Cato Institute. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Washington Times, among other national publications, and he is the coauthor of Cato's Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors, a biennial report that has become very influential due to its trenchant analysis of tax and budget politics in the states. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Affirming or negating the simple proposition, "there's little conservative about George W. Bush," is an excellent indicator of political preference in America. Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Bernard Chapin
For proponets of limited government this is a must read. I've often thought that if I really knew how to follow the money, I'd get closer to the truth of our government. Read morePublished on April 20, 2007 by Andy Johnson
Don'e blame me, I voted *** Libertarian ***. This book does a fine job of showing how the "two party" system has become one big party at your expense! Read morePublished on October 23, 2006 by R. Paul
While this book is an excellent contribution to the increasingly heated public discussion over what GOP rule in Washington has meant for the country's fiscal affairs, I believe... Read morePublished on September 26, 2006 by T. DeHaven