Are Republicans the real deficit builders?
1992 290.4 Billion Dollar Deficit - Record
1993 255.1 Billion Dollar Deficit
1994 203.2 Billion Dollar Deficit
(GOP takes control of both houses, watch the deficit decrease)
1995 164 Billion Dollar Deficit
1996 107.5 Billion Dollar Deficit
1997 22 Billion Dollar Deficit
1998 69.2 Billion Dollar Surplus
1999 125.6 Billion Dollar Surplus
2000 236.4 Billion Dollar Surplus
(Bush elected with both houses still in GOP control)
2001 127.3 Billion Dollar Surplus
2002 157.8 Billion Dollar Deficit
(Dems take Senate, post 9-11 bills start piling up)
2003 374 Billion Dollar Deficit - Record
2004 413 Billion Dollar Deficit - Record
(GOP back in control of both houses; deficits going down again)
2005 319 Billion Dollar Deficit
2006 248 Billion Dollar Deficit
(Dems take both houses and retain them through FY 2010)
2007 162 Billion Dollar Deficit
2008 455 Billion Dollar Deficit - Record
(Obama's first year; both houses have larger Democrat majorities)
2009 1400 Billion Dollar Deficit <<== WTF? Record x 3!!!!!!!
2010 1350 Billion Dollar Deficit
... why do Republicans get blamed for such deficits, when the trend clearly illustrates the reverse is true?
Republicans are always lowering deficits, except when there is a war on -- and even then, they keep budgets at lower % of GDP than their Democrat predecessors when they had wars on their watch.
"Both houses of Congress had a Republican majority for both of Clinton's terms. Your numbers stink too. Obama was handed a $1.3T budget deficit when he became president."
How old are you? Most of us remember quite well that Clinton lost both houses to the GOP in the Nov. 1994 elections, a first in 4 decades. Look it up.
Obama's own party re-took control in 2007 and increased those majorities in 2009, the same year he took office. Budgeting is done annually, not bi-annually, so the Republicans can't take the heat for the budget for that year, which they loudy opposed. (Again, no GOP control of EITHER house since 2006)
See above for who stuck who with a bad economy...
Again, the numbers I cite refute the idea of equal responsibility -- pretty roundly.
Now, I don't support ALL of the extras that Bush and his houses approved, when they had control, but history plainly shows a Democrat obsession with deficit spending, when compared with the GOP.
In the last 11 years of GOP control of both houses the deficits total 457.8 Billion
In just 3 years of Democrat control of both houses the total is 3.2 Trillion
Think about it -- that's around 7 times more in just a THIRD of the time! 'Nuff Said!