Federal spending, federal taxes, and the federal debt doubled under Ronald Reagan. He cut nothing in government except to use Ronnies own words from the mondale debaet, "I have only cut the Rate of growth in government spending." What he did was cut the amount that Democrats wanted to spend. Of course democrats ask for twice what they wanted so Reagan could cut the request.. The Democrats still got what they wanted... doubleing the size of goverment in 8 short years.
Federal spending under Reagan increased at an average rate of 24.3 percent a year. The point here is that there is lot of lies posted about the Bush administrations spending and out of control deficits, much of it by people who praise Reagan and trash Bush. But the most recent out of control Bush deficit at 2.6% of GDP is far below the eight-year Reagan average of 4.2%.
I am always astonished by how wrong so many here get the facts about the current president, and yet they always compare him unfavorably to Reagan, a great president who didn't do half the things some here claim he did...like cutting the size of government.
I deeply admire Reagan for his tough talk on Communism and his well articulated conservative principals.
Nonetheless, I do appreciate the reality check that some are doing here. There are many good reasons for thinking GWB is and will be greater than Reagan.
I find it interesting that no one wants to comment on Reagan's concessions on outright amnesty for illegals in 1986. Flame me if you wish but I actually think Reagan and the Republicans did the right thing.
From a military standpoint, GWB has been much more decisive militarily and more substantively successful.
Few presidents get to see the direct results of good policy like GWB. Reagan did not witness the end of the cold war in his presidency. GWB has presided over true liberations.
I think almost all of the budget arguments against GWB are bogus and it is good that people look at what really happened under Reagan. I don't fault Reagan for the budget increases but I wonder if conservatives were as whiney in those years as they seem to be today.