Originally Posted by Cannuck
Government spending has increased under every Republican administration since (at the very least) WWII and in Canada, under every Conservative government since Diefenbaker.
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan
... And under every Democrat/Liberal gvt as well... This is what happens when the economy and population grows - spending increases as a result.
Indeed. So, what we need to compare is which segment of the population pays most of the tax, what government is spending on, how much of it goes back into the nation's economy and how much goes out of the country, into very private pockets.
Please note, i'm using lower case, not naming specific parties.
In my [admittedly unscientific] estimation, liberal governments tend to spend on infrastructure, social programs and services and enticing industry, while conservatives tend to spend on tax kick-backs, 'security', military and police hardware (expensive manure* to blow up - bought from .... well, not from OPSEU members.)
Neither is very good at looking after injured soldiers, because the conservative attitude is: "Citizens are fodder, to be deployed, used up and discarded.", while the liberal attitude is "We need an army, like to be proud of it, but don't want to think about it."