Rule #1:When a Republican is in the oval office we spend like drunken sailors on shore leave. Tax cuts! unfunded, off budget wars of choice! bloated new bureaucracies! expensive new entitlements structured to give money away to favored donors.<quoted text>
Here's what the Cato Institute said about the Contract, back in 2000:
"Over the past three years the Republican-controlled Congress has approved discretionary spending that exceeded Bill Clinton’s requests by more than $30 billion. The party that in 1994 would abolish the Department of Education now brags in response to Clinton’s 2000 State of the Union Address that it is outspending the White House when it comes to education. My colleagues Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski found that the combined budgets of the 95 major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%."
The whole article is worth reading.
Rule #2:When a Democrat is in the oval office,it's time for super duper austerity. All poor people are lazy, worthless freeloaders and moochers who don't deserve any help from government. All rich people are noble and selfless job creators,even when they're not, so we need to coddle them with more tax cuts.