You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #16: This one always eats up conservatives [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU
humble truth Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 01:21 PM
Response to Original message
16. This one always eats up conservatives
Edited on Mon Mar-01-04 01:24 PM by humble truth
The president promised to cap discretionary spending growth at 4% annually, but for the fiscal year ending in 9/03 it stood at 12.5%. Republicans claim to hate that, yet they control the White House and Congress, so try as they may, they can't blame this on us.

Now, your conservative friend is likely to respond that spending had to increase in a time of war or that 9/11 related spending contributed, etc. That's when you get to hit them with this:

"Military spending shot up nearly 17 percent, to $407.3 billion, but nonmilitary discretionary spending also far outpaced Bush's limit, rising 8.7 percent, to $418.6 billion."

and

"White House officials have said the president's 4 percent annual growth cap was never supposed to curtail "one-time" spending requests, such as natural disaster aid or wars. But even if such emergency spending measures are removed, spending jumped last year by 7.9 percent, Hoagland said."

Both from here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A28252-2003Nov...

So even if you take away all military spending increases and all disaster and war related increases, spending still increased by 7.9%, or almost double what the president promised.

Oh, and you might want to add these spending increases were funded with a tax cut.

How's that?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC