The Republicans have controlled the executive and legislative branches simultaneously three times in the last 100 years.
- The 1920s, which ended in the Great Depression.
- In the 1950s, but only for two years.
- And in the 2000s, which ended in the deepest recession since the Great Depression.
Before 1980 the federal government rarely ran large deficits, the exception being during relatively short wars such as World War II. Then,
- Republican president Ronald Reagan asked for and received large tax cuts, which were closely followed by the largest peace time deficits in our history. These deficits continued under Republican George H. W. Bush.
- Democrat Bill Clinton reversed these policies and the deficits were eliminated; handing 2000 election winner Republican George W. Bush a large surplus.
- Large tax cuts, primarily for the wealthy, were passed and by the time Bush left office in January of 2009 the fiscal year deficit was estimated at $1.2 trillion.
If you like economic collapse and huge deficits, by all means vote Republican. That's what they've delivered and they promise more of the same.