From US commentator Laurence Vance
Jacob Hornberger, the president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, recently asked some pertinent questions about the Republicans:
* How many departments were abolished when Republicans controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress?
* How many agencies?
* How many spending bills were vetoed?
* How many pork-barrel projects were jettisoned?
* How much was federal spending reduced?
The answer to every question is, of course, a big fat zero. No egregious legislation was repealed, and the welfare/warfare state is bigger and more intrusive than ever. Some revolution.
Although many Republicans who claim to believe in a limited government can talk a good conservatism, especially when it comes time for an election, one statistic is all it takes to see that there has been no limit to the growth of government under the Republican Party.
On the eve of the new Republican-controlled Congress in 1993, the national debt was just over $4 trillion.
At the time of Bush’s first inauguration in 2001, the national debt stood at $5,727,776,738,304.64.
At the time of his second inauguration in 2005, the national debt stood at $7,613,772,338,689.34.
On the day of the recent midterm elections, the national debt was up to 8,592,561,542,263.30.