They seemed pretty good at increasing government spending to me.
Its all about the difference between their retoric (lassie-faire free markets), and their actions (state price control of the most important commodity - money).
To be fair to Keynes politicians have only ever implemented half of his policy perscription (deficit spending by Govt in recession) and ignored the other half (higher taxes during a boom to create a fund to fight the next recession).
Now who could have predicted that.
Bush also claimed to be for low taxes. if you want low taxes then you have to have small government. Bush tried to have low taxes and big government (huge military etc.). You can only pull this off if you finance it by borrowing (higher taxes in the future plus interest) or inflation/money printing (invisable tax on spending power of voters). He choose to do BOTH.
There is no free lunch. The Austrians call for sound currency linked to gold so that any taxes are transparent, and for balanced government budgets. Low taxes must be financed by smaller government quangos etc.
Bush and greenspan practiced “Voodoo economics” to quote some other dude