10 November 2012

Size of Government Measured in Spend

One way to measure the size of government is by looking at total spend. I looked at total federal outlays from the end of Carter through 2012 (estimated) to see what the overall increase was for each presidency, as measured from the end of the prior presidency. E.g. for Reagan I compared total federal outlays in 1988 v. 1980. For Bush 1 1992 vs. 1988, etc. In terms of percentage increase, ranked largest to smallest:

Reagan.........80%
Bush 2.........67%
Bush 1.........30%
Clinton........29%
Obama..........27%



1 comment:

JustJoeP said...

Conservative Cognitive Dissonance, causes Fox heads to... implode!