“Quite simply the biggest mass delusion I’ve witnessed in the quarter of century I’ve lived in America.”
That is Andrew Sullivan’s quote regarding the American public’s continued belief that Republicans actually represent fiscal conservatism. He’s right. Take a look at this graph:
Since the end of World War II, only Reagan, Bush I, and Dubya saw the nation’s debt burden rise over the course of their term(s). Guess what party those three guys represented. Of course, it’s much easier to simply blame Obama, label all Democrats as socialist money spenders, and pretend the Republicans will actually do anything whatsoever about the deficit. Good luck with that 2010 election, America!
[Graph via James Fallows]