Originally Posted by gerntz
Government Revenue increased from 517B to 909B 1980-88 & from 2.0T to 2.5T 2000-08. So no, tax cuts had zero to do with increased deficits in those periods.
You do realize that both receipts and outlays grow along with population growth and also with inflation, right?
As a % of GDP revenues declined from 18.5% in 1980 to 17.6% in 1988, and from 20% in 2000 to 17.6% in 2008.