$824 billion per year difference

By Chrissy the Hyphenated

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Federal spending bills must be passed by both the House and the Senate, then signed by the President. Therefore, it is fair to say that the party that controls two or three of these three bodies “owns” the results of federal spending. And this includes the federal debt.

  • From 1981-1989, Republicans controlled the Senate and the White House under Republican President Reagan. Average annual increase in the federal debt (in 2011 dollars) = $331.96 billion/yr.
  • From 1989-1994, Democrats controlled the House and Senate for four years under Republican President Bush (41) then for two more years under Democratic President Clinton. Average annual increase in the federal debt (in 2011 dollars) = $324.62 billion/yr.
  • 1995-2006: Republicans controlled the House and Senate for six years under Democratic President Clinton, then for another six years under Republican President Bush (43).  Average annual increase in the federal debt (in 2011 dollars) = $198.29 billion/yr.
  • 2007-Present: Democrats controlled the House and the Senate for two years under Republican President Bush (43) and two years under Democratic President Obama. Republicans won the House, depriving Democrats of their hat trick for 2011-2012, but Democrats still control the Senate and the White House. Average annual increase in the federal debt (in 2011 dollars) = $1,022.53 billion/yr.

The saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties” was pretty much true for the 14 year period between 1981 to 1994.

  • Republicans avg increase: $331.96 billion/yr.
  • Democrats avg increase:    $324.62 billion/yr.

But there has been FAR MORE than a dime’s worth of difference between the parties for the 17 years between 1995 and 2010 … like $824 billion dollars per year difference!

Republicans avg increase:  $  198.29 billion/yr.

Democrats avg increase:    $1,022.53 billion/yr.

(NOTE: Without correcting for inflation, Democrats look even worse with $910 billion per year higher spending than Republicans.)

For fair comparison purposes, I converted the actual dollars into 2011 dollars, then subtracted the beginning from the ending to get the change, then divided that by the number of years to get the average annual increases. Here are my figures and sources, if anyone cares to check my math! Please let me know if I goofed. I went over everything 3 times, but you never know what kind of Senior Moments may hve occurred! 🙂

Actual numbers:                                       In 2011 dollars

End of 1980: $   930.21 billion                              $2,550.42 billion

End of 1989: $ 2,857.43 billion                            $5,206.10 billion

8 years under Republicans:

Increase in federal debt = $1,927.22 billion          $2,655.68 billion

Average annual increase = $240.90 billion/yr        $331.96 billion/yr

 

End of 1989: $ 2,857.43 billion                            $5,206.10 billion

End of 1994: $7,153.82 billion                             $7,153.82 billion

6 years under Democrats:

Increase in federal debt = $1,835.32 billion       $1,947.72 billion

Average annual increase = $ 305.89 billion/yr       $324.62 billion/yr

 

End of 1994: $4,692.75 billion                             $7,153.82 billion

End of 2006: $8,506.97 billion                             $9,533.29 billion

12 years under Republicans:

Increase in federal debt = $3,814.22 billion      $2,379.47 billion

Average annual increase = $317.85 billion/yr        $198.29 billion/yr

 

End of 2006: $8,506.97 billion                             $9,533.29 billion

August 24, 2011: $14,645.93 billion                     $14,645.93 billion

5 years under Democrats:

Increase in federal debt = $6,138.96                      $  5,112.64 billion

Average annual increase = $1,227.79 billion/yr      $1,022.53 billion/yr

 

Sources:

http://130.94.230.21/debt_history.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_U.S._public_debt

http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

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3 responses to “$824 billion per year difference

  1. Chrissy- somewhere I saw that you had created over 600 posts, and, of course, tried as I might, I can’t find my way back there. Typical of me.

    Was that # since arriving here? If so, what does that average a day?

    No matter what, that’s a lot of posts, which is even more research, and that doesn’t even factor in all the math you do, as this post so clearly delineates. You’re amazing, and no wonder i can’t keep up with you!
    Oh, and as for answering, I’m going to do that thing where they notify you if someone else comments. That should work, at least this time anyway = )

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I’ve been storing my posts in weekly batches that are numbered sequentially and by dates, to keep my current stuff easy to access and so I can keep track of how long I’ve been here. Each day is so focused that I lose track of how much I’ve done and sometimes it just gives me some reassurance when I see that list of WEEKS in my PoliNation directory.

      Anyway, I hit 24 weeks x 7 = 168/600 = 3.57 posts per day.

      Yoiks.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Say a prayer for me, folks. Dearest is going away for a long weekend to do some work on his parents’ house. The girl down the street is coming to walk the dogs and a lady from our church is bringing communion.

    I’m awake during the days (for the time being) and we’re hoping Tech Guy can come by Sunday to introduce me to … hmmm … my new puter needs a name. Something that goes with our theme.

    It might even be a plus that Dearest will be away. He and Tech Guy are good buddies and they always get into Big Guy Chats that have nothing to do with what Tech Guy is there to do with ME. harimph.

    My mouse was acting up BIG TIME this week, most aggravating, which is good kinda. And last night I dreamed about using a touch pad! LOL I guess I’m finally ready.

    HOPE the CHANGE goes smoothly!!

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