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Let's try another simple question. You have highlighted a piece that issued the following statement:

"Mr. Clinton made real concessions to conservative policy goals -- welfare reform, a balanced budget

I am curious if you can point to any Republican president who has lived up to the conservative policy of a balanced budget and any type of fiscal responsibility?

Quick fact, Since 1938 the Democrats have held the White house for 35 years, the Republicans for 34. Over that time the national debt has increased at an average annual rate of 8.7%. In years Democrats were in the White House there was an average increase of 8.3%. In years the Republicans ran the White House the debt increased an average 9.7% per year. Those averages aren’t that far apart, but they do show a bias toward more borrowing by Republicans than Democrats even including World War II.

So if you look at the 59-year record of debt since the end of WWII, starting with Truman’s term, the difference between the two parties’ contributions to our national debt level change considerably. Since 1946, Democratic presidents increased the national debt an average of only 3.2% per year. The Republican presidents stay at an average increase of 9.7% per year. Republican Presidents out borrowed and spent Democratic presidents by a three to one ratio. Putting that in very real terms; for every dollar a Democratic president has raised the national debt in the past 59 years Republican presidents have raised the debt by $3.00.

SO I am wondering what are you getting at when history offers a different story than you are trying to paint. Remember when Ronald Reagan left office he left us with a $200 Billion deficit, Bush I left us with a $300 Billion deficit, good old tax and spend Democrat Clinton left us with a $200+ Billion surplus and George W Bush II will leave us with a $482 billion deficit. So tell me again why we should put another fiscal conservative in office, when historic facts seems to argue that they are not good at handling the country's money? Or are you of the belief that deficits do not matter??

Again no need for a major debate, I am just curious to which Republican president lived up to your definition of being fiscal responsibility when the historical numbers tell paint a different picture?


Greg - you are correct that our nation has had a tough time with overspending. But - whoever is President is only one factor of many. What happens is influenced by the Congress, the current economy (and sorry; government does not have complete control - or even majority control - over what THAT does) - events around the world - and so on.

Bill Clinton DID preside over a particularly good time in our history - and, in part, it was as it was because of some MODERATE and even CONSERVATIVE reforms that he put into place! Read the history.

Clinton was challenged on some levels - but - on others, he was a quite capable and successful President. If Democrats nominated more candidates with his moderate beliefs - I'd be more likely to vote for more of them!

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