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Originally posted by Open_Minded Skeptic
So based on these numbers, we can say that the Nixon administration did implement a relatively small government.
Then, starting with Ford and extending all the way through GHW Bush the size of government was relatively large, with the Reagan era particularly so.
Then starting in 1993 and extending to 2001, we see a declining trend in size of government, which coincides with the Clinton era.
Then in 2001 through 2007 we see the size go back up and hover around the 20% mark.
My conclusion, based on this measurement, is that the Republican party does not follow through on the claims that they will have a "smaller government".
But it appears to me that the "smaller government" claim by the Republican party is not supported by the numbers.