- Mr. Dahle handles the national line, pointing out (with a graph! click to embiggen!) that for all their talk about not liking big government, Presidents Reagan and Bushes inflated government with more debt annually than President Clinton. Now sure, they're all pikers on debt accumulation compared to President Obama, but President Obama is also fighting the biggest recession since the 1930s. (Alas, Republicans would probably criticize Obama for deficit spending if World War III broke out.) The point is that this data provides no support to the contention that you can count on Republicans more than Democrats to cut big government and balance the budget.
- Badlands Blue finds the same disconnect between GOP talk and performance at the state level. Republicans have controlled South Dakota for most of its existence. We've run a structural deficit for the last eight years. Republicans can't find the courage to raise the taxes necessary to pay for the programs the state needs. The Republican Legislature and Governor will likely paper over that gap in money and moxie with emergency handouts from Uncle Sam. It's the Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader and candidate for governor Scott Heidepriem, who are calling for balancing the budget ourselves. The Rapid City Journal says, "it still seems unusual to hear Democrats urging fiscal restraint while Republicans are running around in circles trying to avoid spending only what the state earns." It sounds unusual only if you listen to Republican rhetoric instead of looking at the record.
Don't let Republicans snow you.They have no claim to fiscal responsibility. If you want a balanced budget, federal or state, the record says you'll do just as well, if not better, voting for Dems.