Part of the narrative about Democrats is that they overspend taxpayer money. So let’s take a look. Here is a chart of federal spending increases under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II. Clinton budget years are in yellow. (Remember that Republicans complained that the 1993 budget was retroactive.) Also, note Clinton spending before and after Republicans took control of the Congress.
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Data obtained from the spreadsheet SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS, OUTLAYS, AND SURPLUSES OR DEFICITS(−) … IN CONSTANT (FY 2000) DOLLARS available at Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2005.
(This post inspired in reaction to comments at this Political Animal post.)