Obviously you don't understand what "personal responsibility" means. Personal responsibility is exactly that--personal, not government forced. Government subsidized choice is nothing more than yet another social program doomed for eventual failure like all the others; a burden to taxpayers and robbing from the producers to provide to the produce-less.<quoted text>
Federal tax rates are at their lowest rate in 30 years. For the upper tax brackets they are at their lowest rates since the 1950's. It has been an interesting experiment in supply side economics, but after thirty plus years it is time to conclude that Reaganomics doesn't seem to be taking off.
Personal responsibility is a good thing and a fine example of that is the fact that millions of people are now able to purchase health insurance for themselves. Oddly enough suddenly the Republicans are not fans of personal responsibility. Go figure.
As for the Republican obsession with spending while Democrats are in office all you have to do is read about Jude Wanniski's Two Santa Claus Theory. It has been right-wing gospel since the 1970's, but it is incredibly cynical.
Federal tax rates are not lower than the 50's, in fact, they were just as low during the Reagan years. Don't believe me, just ask, I'll provide a factcheck link. Besides, that was a lie told by DumBama before he increased taxes on those making over 450K.
If trickle down doesn't work, why did Nazi Piglosi tell us that unemployment and food stamp money would stimulate the economy? That seems to be the definition of trickle down, no? Or perhaps the so-called stimulus that amounted to nothing. That was supposed to be trickle down too!
You don't need to read any book about our federal spending and who is responsible for it. All you have to do is follow politics. The government shut-down was due to the Republicans wanting to spend less and DumBama wanting to spend more. The sequester quite the same. The lowering of our three star credit rating is yet more proof of Republicans wanting to spend less and DumBama wanting to spend more. It's been the same battle since Republicans took over leadership of Congress in 2010.