Monday, September 26, 2005

Rhetoric - Reality

The Wall Street Journal presented a chart from Brookings on recission requests by presidents since Ford. A recission request is one made by an administration to reduce appropriated amounts (or budget authority) when, for whatever reason, the funds will not/should not be used.

The numbers speak for themselves.

President/ Total Recission requests (in millions)

FORD (1974-77) $7935
CARTER(1977-81) $4608
REAGAN(1981-89) $43,437
BUSH (1989-93) $13,193
CLINTON (1993-2001) $6628
BUSH-II (2001-05) $0

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