Taking into account who controls Congress and the White House, wars, inflation and every other possible mitigating factor, Kinsley shows that Federal spending grew by an average of $15-$25 billion more under Republican presidents than Democratic. This is true whether you count only the period from 1981 onward, or if you start in 1959. The only areas that grew more under Republicans than Democrats? Deficits (an average of $100 billion more), inflation (.2%-.5% higher) and unemployment (1+ points). Kinsley did the same analysis last year with similar results, again on numbers developed and released by the Bush Administration. Via Amygdala
"The party with the best record of serving Republican economic values is the Democrats. It isn't even close." Michael Kinsley parses the 2005 Economic Report of the President and learns that Republicans are the party of big government and deficit spending.