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The Party of Fiscal Restraint

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 20, 2004

As President Bush prepares to deliver his State of the Union message-- which, no doubt, will include some grandiose new plans for government action-- a Wall Street Journal editorial (available only to subscribers for now) notes that Bush has presided over more rapid growth in discretionary federal spending than any other US president in the past 50 years.

By the way, the second-biggest spender to occupy the White House since 1950 is Gerald Ford. Third is Richard Nixon. Well back in 4th place-- edging out the elder George Bush.

The moral of the story: If you want a big rise in government spending, don't vote for free-spending Democrats.

Remember: Nixon went to China.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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