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When Has The Republican Party Been The Party Of Small Government?

ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 01:41:07
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The republicans keep saying they are for small government (except social issues.) I want to know when the republicans were small government stewards of this country. It certainly wasn't Reagan. It certainly wasn't George H.W. Bush. It definitely wasn't George W. Bush.


What DO Republican presidents Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II have in common that Obama doesn’t?


Total government grew under those presidents after they faced
recessions. By contrast, federal, state, and local government has
declined by more than half a million workers in the last


three years.


Big government ain’t what it used to be.

presidents recessions contrast federal local government declined workers years government

The graph above comes courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.
Since the recession officially ended in January 2009, the economy has
bid goodbye to 584,000 government jobs (private sector employment is up
by 2.8 million). That's a roughly a 2 percent drop. Though the federal
workforce actually grew between 2009 and 2011, it's now shrinking at the
fastest rate since the 1950s, as my colleague Derek Thompson has written.
By comparison, government payrolls increased by at least a full
percentage point during the thirty months after each of the last major
recessions, while Republican presidents presided over the economy.

It's
difficult to measure precisely what effect these losses ave had on the
unemployment rate. The EPI argues that "these extra government jobs
would have helped preserve about 500,000 private sector jobs." I'm not
honestly in a position to critique their math. But I can say this much:
there are now 196,000 more unemployed government workers than at the
beginning of the recovery. The remainder have either found jobs in other
industries, in which case they've displaced other applicants, or have
left the job force.

It's sad because it was preventable. More
aid to states could have kept them from cutting back so severely. That
would have meant more people paying taxes, more people able to keep up
with payments on their homes, and more people shopping in stores. The
individuals who lost their jobs were teachers and firefighters, trash
collectors and police fighters, and yes, probably a fairly large
assortment of bureaucrats responsible for running that sometimes creaky
machine called government. And our economy is poorer for their loss.

So please, tell which republican government believed in smaller government and followed small government policies.

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  • Waldorf 2012/05/05 13:17:43
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    Waldorf
    First you have to win elections. If the country had not become so leftist, the political parties would be easier to tell apart.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ Waldorf 2012/05/05 19:14:55
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +1
    Oh really? And Reagan, Bush I and Bush II didn't win elections? Well Bush II was appointed president.
  • Waldorf ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 19:23:18
    Waldorf
    You probably misunderstood, so I will attempt to clarify.

    The GOP has to have broad appeal, or it will not win elections. It cannot ignore the middle and undecideds or side only with its radical wings.

    In that middle area there are few deal breaker issues that really separate political parties. The parties may tend to be characterized by their extreme wings, but there are a large number of people who are not radical and may cross back and forth between parties in their voting.
  • EdVenture Waldorf 2012/05/05 22:18:12
    EdVenture
    +1
    The answer is........When they're not in office!
  • Waldorf EdVenture 2012/05/05 22:30:12
    Waldorf
    +1
    That's probably a fair zinger, but it's not what is happening in Congress.
  • EdVenture Waldorf 2012/05/06 12:42:08
    EdVenture
    +1
    Agreed, That deserves more of our attention, in fact the way in which business is conducted should come under public scrutiny. IMO. Regards
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/05/05 09:48:24
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    NUFF SAID!

    Hey repbulicans, get your noses OUT of a woman's crotch and work on the REAL ISSUES!!!
  • DJPanicDC 2012/05/05 04:58:38
    These republican government leaders decreased the size of government.
    DJPanicDC
    +2
    They make it so small it can fit in uterus's, and bedrooms,
  • Lady Wh... DJPanicDC 2012/05/05 09:48:39
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ DJPanicDC 2012/05/05 19:15:15
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +1
    Funny!
  • VoteOut 2012/05/05 03:19:52
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    VoteOut
    because they have lost their conservative values and become far to progressive
  • American☆Atheist 2012/05/05 03:03:11
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    American☆Atheist
    when they were the liberals
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ America... 2012/05/05 19:16:11
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +1
    Do you ever re-read what your write?
  • America... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 21:21:14
    American☆Atheist
    why?
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ America... 2012/05/05 21:31:22
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +1
    You make no sense.
  • America... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 21:36:58
    American☆Atheist
    The question asks "when has the republican party been the party of small government" and i answered "when they were the liberals". What part does not make sense? The Liberals are for small gov. and used to be republican, is that simple enough for you?
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ America... 2012/05/05 22:01:46
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +1
    And when were the republicans LIBERAL? Repugs may have carried the name "Democrat" but they weren't the Democratic party of today.
  • America... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 22:31:26
    American☆Atheist
    During the civil war and the 50's
  • EdVenture 2012/05/05 03:02:10
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    EdVenture
    +2
    This trend which is being imposed by the (GOP hijacked) tea-party's influence and GOP member congress's refusal to pass any private job creating legislation is driving this country into kaos and depression. Thanks to Obama, he has been able to minimize the impact and yet still accomplish growth and lower unemployment. Amazing person.
  • Lady Wh... EdVenture 2012/05/05 09:49:02
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    agreed
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/05/05 02:52:20
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +2
    never. As long as I been around every Repug Prez has grown the size of Govt while preaching the opposite. CONs are so gullible.
  • EliteAmongOutcasts 2012/05/05 01:43:58
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ EliteAm... 2012/05/05 01:45:36
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +2
    The facts don't back up what you're saying. Republicans have grown the government much more than Democrats.
  • EliteAm... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/05/05 01:52:20
  • jacob crim 2012/05/05 01:42:50
    Republicans say they are for small government, but they have never governed t...
    jacob crim
    +2
    At least while I have walked the Earth.

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