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Pick your favorite presidential lie and measure its impact, especially on our children.

Bill Clinton's big lie was stupid, self-absorbed and degrading. It got him impeached and put the nation through a long, painful ordeal as the president squandered his leadership to protect his own hide.

Clinton's recklessness distracted us from more important matters, but as despicable as his private behavior and public lies were, they will have little, if any, consequence for future generations other than for historical curiosity.

George W. Bush's lie is ongoing and his reckless government spending and borrowing will do serious long-term harm to the U.S. economy and burden our children and grandchildren with unconscionable debt.

One of the great myths of our times is that Bush and company are fiscal conservatives striving to reduce the size of government and keep it out of our lives. The reality is that the Bush policies of radically increasing spending, creating an entirely new class of entitlements and cutting taxes at the same time are a formula for fiscal disaster.

Since Bush took office, federal spending has increased a staggering 23.7 percent. Forget entitlements for a moment. Discretionary spending under Bush has grown 6.5 percent annually. During Clinton's term that spending grew only 2 percent each year.

Federal spending as a percentage of gross domestic product, which declined during the Clinton years, has skyrocketed to 20 percent during Bush's watch, and his wild spending ways are far from over.

Oh, you think, and the White House wants you to, it must be defense spending and funds for homeland security. Press Secretary Scott McClellan actually said with a straight face, "The president has provided strong leadership to make sure we are doing what it takes to win the war on terror, our nation's highest priority, while holding the line on spending everywhere else."

That is pure crap.

Real conservatives and the fiscally responsible of all political stripes find the Bush administration's spend-and-borrow act appalling. Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation says of the big-spending Bush, "The president isn't showing leadership."
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