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JamesMadison
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7/19/2012 5:43:15 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Okay, so I spent A LOT more time going through the historical tables at the OMB. I wanted to see how much spending increased under all of the recent presidents. I post the results here in full:

Average Annual Growth in Total Real Federal Spending

Johnson (1965 to 1969): 7.6%
Nixon and Ford (1969 to 1977): 2.8%
Carter (1977 to 1981): 3.9%
Reagan (1981 to 1989): 2.5%
Bush Sr. (1989 to 1993): 1.7%
Clinton (1993 to 2001): 1.5%
Bush Jr. (2001 to 2009): 5.5%

Average Annual Growth in Total Real Non Interest Federal Spending

Johnson (1965 to 1969): 7.6%
Nixon and Ford (1969 to 1977): 2.6%
Carter (1977 to 1981): 3.1%
Reagan (1981 to 1989): 1.8%
Bush Sr. (1989 to 1993): 1.8%
Clinton (1993 to 2001): 1.9%
Bush Jr. (2001 2009): 6.3%

Average Annual Growth in Total Real Non Interest, Non Defense Federal Spending

Johnson (1965 to 1969): 7.2%
Nixon and Ford (1969 to 1977): 8.6%
Carter (1977 to 1981): 3.3%
Reagan (1981 to 1989): 0.8%
Bush Sr. (1989 to 1993): 4.2%
Clinton (1993 to 2001): 2.9%
Bush Jr. (2001 to 2009): 6.3%

Average Annual Growth in Total Real Non Interest, Non Defense, Non Mandatory Federal Spending

Johnson (1965 to 1969): 3.1%
Nixon and Ford (1969 to 1977): 6.5%
Carter (1977 to 1981): 1.8%
Reagan (1981 to 1989): -1.3%
Bush Sr. (1989 to 1993): 2.9%
Clinton (1993 to 2001): 1.7%
Bush Jr. (2001 to 2009): 3.5%

A couple thoughts. First, Reagan was the best at controlling spending once you take out interest spending and military spending. Second, spending exploded under both Johnson and Nixon/Ford.
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NixonianVolkswagen
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7/19/2012 6:01:33 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Yeah, but Clinton and Carter ran less on debt. It's easier to "control" spending when you're willing to borrow to cover the difference between revenue raised and expended.
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NixonianVolkswagen
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7/19/2012 6:03:22 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 7/19/2012 6:01:33 PM, NixonianVolkswagen wrote:
Yeah, but Clinton and Carter ran less on debt. It's easier to "control" spending when you're willing to borrow to cover the difference between revenue raised and expended.

Actually, what I said makes no sense, because deficit spending presumably still counts as an expansion, gah - I shouldn't post tired.
"There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions."

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