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  •  It's not that I don't agree with you about (1+ / 0-)
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    larger deficits esp. in time of contraction. I begin with Keynes (I know you guys don't altogether like Keynes, but he obviously gets some things right).

    But it's also obvious that just having a big deficit isn't enough, or George W. Bush would be the king of prosperity.

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    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 09:53:13 AM PDT

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    •  In all fairness to W, his average annual deficits (1+ / 0-)
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      were historically small, especially if you discount the last one caused by the onset of the Great Recession.

      Average deficits as a % of GDP between 2002 (FY 2001 is Clinton's budget) and 2008:
      2.47% of GDP

      When you include his last budget (FY 2009), the number goes up to:
      3.43% of GDP.

      Reagan average annual deficits as a % of GDP:
      4.25% of GDP

      Bush I:
      4.25% of GDP

      .11 % of GDP

      7.68% of GDP

      Like I said, Bush II had historically small deficits.  He was a terrible president, a liar and idiot.  But we should at least have the facts right.

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      by Auburn Parks on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:31:23 AM PDT

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