OK, I'm getting sick of people referring to the Republicans as the 'small government' or 'reduce spending' parties. I'm hearing this as part of the 'what did we do wrong' analysis of the election, and also from actual people like my dad. I've been politically aware for over 25 years now, and not once during that time have the Republicans actually done anything to reduce spending. The deficit is huge because of Reagan, Bush and Bush. Clinton got us to surpluses. That is the political reality I know. Anything else is empty rhetoric, or pre-1980s politics. My generation has never seen anything but "spend and spend" Republicans.