Electoral Choice By Jayson Javitz
Some people out there believe Republicans and Democrats are “all the same,” when it comes to profilgate federal spending.
And other people still believe in the Tooth Fairy.
Here are some raw statistics regarding the U.S. Senate’s most recent budget deliberations:
a) There were 17 distinct amendments by which extra federal spending was proposed, of which 13 – 76% – were offered by Democrats.
b) Of the 13 Democrat-sponsored amendments, there were 9 separate occasions – 69% – on which literally the entire Democratic caucus, including Jeffords, voted in favor of the additional federal spending contemplated therein.
c) On the other hand, in connection with those 13 spending measures, there were 7 distinct occasions on which 95-plus percent of the GOP caucus voted against the additional spending, with four occasions on which the entire caucus – yes, including Chafee, Snowe, Collins, and Specter – voted for spending austerity.
d) Democrats voted in favor of additional spending, in connection with the various amendments one of their brethren proposed, at an average rate of 98 percent.
e) On the other hand, in connection with those various Democrat-sponsored spending proposals, the GOP caucus voted against the attendant spending, at an average ratio of 94 percent.
f) Regarding the 4 spending amendments proposed by Republicans, Democrats voted in favor of the attendant, increased spending at a ratio of 100 percent, in each instance.
g) On the other hand, with regards to those same GOP-sponsored proposals, the average share of the GOP caucus which voted against the contemplated spending was 54 percent.
Despite what you might read in other circles, the harsh truth is that there are fundamental distinctions, on the issue of federal spending, between the two major political parties in this country.
Yes, the GOP has been spending too much (non-defense) money over the past couple of years. But the Democrats would have us spending even more. Far more. Much more. In fact, it’s not even close.
If you’re a fiscal conservative, and you want less federal spending, you just ain’t gonna’ achieve that goal by allowing modern-day Democrats to win major elections.
And you can take that one to the bank.
Note: Data here.