Your problem is you cannot see the big picture and there are a lot like you. The big picture is the peace dividend created by Reagan defense spending which caused the destruction of the Soviet Union and thus created an opportunity for future President's to not have to spend as much on Defense as he did.
You also ignore the benefits of creating 17 million jobs and doubling the economy which created for many less of a need from that so called govt. help. That should translate int0 less spending. So when you say he set an example for others to spend more just goes to show how little you know about return on investment
Why should people have their medicare and SS put on budget when the taxes were created to fund those programs for that purpose? Imagine that, people upset that they were forced to contribute to SS and Medicare only to have it put on budget and spent creating an unfunded liability
Not sure what you understand as the role of our Federal Govt. but it appears you have been indoctrinated into believing what you are told that Govt. is here to save you from yourself and provide all that you want. The true clowns are the people who don't understand the role of the Federal Govt. and transfer personal responsibility to them
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
And it's not just here in America - it's happening in most of the first-world democracies, especially in Japan. It's not a matter of fewer people having jobs - it's a matter of demographics, of there being fewer people who want to work or who must work.
And when it comes to taxes, remember when Bush 41 said, "Read my lips, no new taxes"? After Bush 41 raised taxes, he lost the next election to Clinton...but the economy was already improving thanks to him raising taxes...and Clinton raised the top marginal rate even further. In other words, Bush had already done what was necessary to get the economy back on track and deserves more credit than Clinton for the mid-90's boom.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump