This difference in partisan charity, I believe, comes more from where the folks think charity ought to come from. If you want to add-in donated labor, there likely would be an equivalent increment for both sides. Are you denying that liberal politicians think it's the government's role to provide for the needy?
I want to mention some liberal programs to jog your memory. Social Security, Medicare A & B, SCHIP, War on Poverty (in all its flavors from Food Stamps, Section 8 and on and on) for just a few.
A TVM look at the change in the federal budget between Clinton and Bush shows an annual growth rate of 5.7% per year(less inflation). Colorado has a statutory limit of 6% per year and it can't mint money for operations. I think that is a reasonable annual growth rate.
The national debt is not, per se, a tax increase, to be precise. The interest on it does require payment. And here is why you libs can't stand it: if the interest bill is, say, 500 billion, that's money you can't spend on healthcare, education or your pet feel good social programs. All this squealing about the Repubs running up the debt is true, but your objection has more to it than just the "principle of the thing." It cramps your style of spending and forces you into the unpopular position of trying to raise taxes when the economy is struggling.
The Budget moved from $1.9Trillion in 2001 [the last Clinton Budget to $2.9 Trillion for the last year Bush had a Republican Congress. That is somewhat higher than a 5.7% [less inflation] growth rate. 52% increase over 6 years [or 8.5% annually]. And considering during the same period Bush actually SPENT an additional $3 Trillion dollars [which went to debt] his total budget expenditures were over $17Trillion for those first 6 years.
As for National debt not being a tax increase [per se], the INTEREST is required, by law to be paid out of the general fund so any debt certainly generates a direct draw on the taxes. That is a very specific tax increase by default.
Why we "libs" can't stand that debt is because it is undisciplined, piss poor administration. You are clueless as to what folks on the left think or why we might think it. We don't like debt because it cripples the country. It makes us a debtor nation. It weakens our ability do do ANYTHING. Bridges, roads, social programs, education, defense, crime, EVERYTHING is impacted when piss poor management runs up debt and puts a burden on this and future generations.
It is a lack of management thing, not a political thing. Everything is NOT Left/Right. That is a Rush tactic, not something from the left.
As for Democrats "raising taxes", you might want to actually crack a history book and check out who is responsible for the most tax increases in the past half century. And that is MOST by far, not by a little bit. We did not get to a THREE TRILLION ANNUAL Budget by Democratic actions. Those were Republican actions and their associated tax increases to generate the revenue to fulfill the budgets.