$2 trillion. That is what the Congressional Budget Office said would be added to the national debt when former President Bush pushed through his two tax cuts and Medicare Part D plan. This did not stop or slow down the Republican Party from pushing these bills through Congress without paying for them. (This does not include the costs of two military conflicts that also added to the federal deficit.)
President Reagan (who I voted for) added percentage-wise more to the federal deficit than any other president in the last 60 years with his idea of trickle-down economics, which the Republican Party still seems to believe in. Remember all the jobs Bush's tax cuts were going to create? Never happened, did it? Yet they scream every day on the news about how this administration is running up the deficit. Wasn't Vice President Cheney the one who claimed the deficit wasn't important? (or some such nonsense.) Maybe this president would not have had to spend so much money if the previous administration hadn't left this country in such a sorry state.
We do need to cut back on spending; there is no doubt about this. We need to find a way to start balancing the budget and pay down our debt so our kids don't have to do it. (I believe we should all be ashamed for the mess we are leaving them.) But until the Republican Party comes up with some new ideas, until they lose the tired old mantra of tax cuts or no new taxes, it would be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse to think that they would be good for the country. That they would bring down the deficit. That they would do anything different than what they have done in the past.
I have friends who are Republican. They are good people with some good ideas. Unfortunately they aren't running their party and are not being listened to. That's too bad. So be careful and remember: Just because they say they're fiscally conservative doesn't make it so.