Fact: Clinton/Obama shrank government and spurred private sector growth better than the Bushes


Republicans make government bigger! You know who has made government smaller the fastest in the last 40 years? The Obama Administration:

In the first quarter of this year, the real gross domestic product for the government — including state and local governments as well as federal — was 2 percent lower than it was three years earlier, when Barack Obama took office in early 2009.

The last time the government actually got smaller over the first three years of a presidential term was when Richard M. Nixon was president. That decrease was largely because of declining spending on the Vietnam War.


The private sector grew faster in the first three years of the Obama administration than it did in three of the previous five administrations — the exception being Bill Clinton’s administrations, when private sector growth was more rapid. In both of George W. Bush’s terms as well as in the first three years of the George H. W. Bush administration, though, the private sector grew more slowly.

A simple observation that illustrates that Republican Administrations nor those called Republican “Deficit hawks” are really primarily worried about “deficits” and “spending” growing to fast.

If you look at the full chart, back to George HW Bush, you reach an inescapable conclusion: the biggest spenders and borrowers are Republicans and the most fiscally conservative presidents have been Democrats. Given the last two decades, the TeaParty, if they really want to shrink government, should be voting for Obama.

“Big Government” Obama? – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

Facts, you know, suck for people who want everyone else to ignore them.