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Subject:  Re: So, how about that Date:  9/9/2011  4:30 PM
Author:  patchdodd Number:  1988 of 2006

It's not very accurate - or honest - to measure Bush's spending record by budget deficit. He conducted a trillion dollar war off budget.

Looking at the years where you think he performed well:

Year Budget Deficit Actual Debt Increase (Internal + External) % GDP
2004 $412B $832B 7.5
2005 $319B $842B 6.8
2006 $296B $833B 6.3
2007 $163B $862B 6.2

And considering that these were Bush's best economic years and considering that the economy tanked under his stewardship it is really hard to get excited by the idea that his tax policies and spending policies really delivered anything special. It may be another decade before the US fully recovers and even that predicated on no further damage done.
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