Were you asleep during Bush I, II and Reagan? When has Repub leadership ever been fiscally conservative?
No I was awake. Reagan never had a GOP
Congress, and had a GOP Senate for only 2 years.
He was able to push through tax cuts in the first 2 years because of his landslide victory. After that it was all downhill.
It's kind of hard to cut spending when you don't control the House.
As far as the 2 Bushes-yep they spent too much. Bush I reneged on his no new taxes pledge because he was stupid enough to believe the Dems when they promised spending cuts in exchange for tax increases.
Bush II thought he could buy votes with his domestic spending.