Not this myth again.
Originally Posted by sangha
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Looking back the past 40 years:
- Spending was at its lowest when Republicans had complete control.
- Spending was at its highest when Democrats had complete control.
- Spending was also quite high in the Reagan/Tip O'Neill years
- Spending was moderate by comparison when Congress was controlled by the opposing party
If you instead want to go the "House control the purse-strings" route, you'll also find a large difference between the parties:
Democratic House: 21.0%
Republican House: 19.2%