Y2PARTY? Debt! Republicans vs Democrats since year 2000

Conventional wisdom holds that the Republicans and Democrats endorse vastly different political views and that America’s course changes drastically based on which of the two parties is in power. For example, Republicans generally claim to be for things like small government and economic freedom, while Democrats generally claim to be for things like civil liberties and peace. This idea is constantly reinforced by the parties themselves, as well as the media. But is it actually true? Let’s look at Congress – specifically the House of Representatives – and see.

U.S. Debt Increases Since Year 2000

Year: 2002
Increase: $.450 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Republicans/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 95% (211/221), Democrats: 1% (3/211)
Bill: 107-S.2578

Year: 2003
Increase: $.984 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Republicans/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 93% (214/229), Democrats: 0% (1/205)
Bill: 108-H.J.Res.51

Year: 2004
Increase: $.800 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Republicans/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 92% (206/225), Democrats: 0% (2/207)
Bill: 108-S.2986

Year: 2006
Increase: $.781 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Republicans/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 92% (214/232), Democrats: 0% (0/202)
Bill: 109-H.J.Res.47

Year: 2007
Increase: $.850 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 0% (0/201), Democrats: 92% (214/232)
Bill: 110-H.J.Res.43

Year: 2008
Increase: $.800 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 23% (45/199), Democrats: 96% (226/235)
Bill: 110-H.R.3221

Year: 2008
Increase: $.700 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Bush
Votes for: Republicans: 46% (91/199), Democrats: 73% (171/234)
Bill: 110-H.R.1424

Year: 2009
Increase: $.789 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Obama
Votes for: Republicans: 0% (0/179), Democrats: 96% (244/254)
Bill: 111-H.R.1

Year: 2009
Increase: $.290 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Obama
Votes for: Republicans: 0% (0/178), Democrats: 85% (218/257)
Bill: 111-H.R.4314

Year: 2010
Increase: $1.900 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Democrats/Obama
Votes for: Republicans: 0% (0/178), Democrats: 85% (217/256)
Bill: 111-H.J.Res.45

Year: 2011
Increase: $2.100 TRILLION
Party Controlling House/President: Republicans/Obama
Votes for: Republicans: 73% (174/240), Democrats: 49% (95/193)
Bill: 112-S.365

Summary

Republicans were the majority vote directly responsible for $5.115 TRILLION in new debt since 2000.
Democrats were the majority vote directly responsible for $5.329 TRILLION in new debt since 2000.
Total: $10.444 TRILLION in new debt since 2000.

Conclusion: Republicans vs Democrats

Both parties always voted to raise the debt when they had power in Congress (i.e. when they had the power to spend the money, or the “power of the purse”). The 2 parties raised the debt almost equally since 2000, creating more than $33,000 in *new* debt for every man, woman, and child in America, in *addition* to existing public AND private debt.

Sources:
  • opencongress.org
  • govtrack.us
  • http://www.opencongress.org/articles/show/2295-A-Brief-History-of-Debt-Limit-Votes-in-the-House

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