Just pulling numbers from my head live, but I think that Bush increased teh debt by 5or 5 1/2 trillion to just over 11 trillion total. Not sure if those numbers are perfect, but pretty sure they are real close.
ANd thanks for expressing your views without personal insults. It makes communicating a lot easier.
I think those numbers are pretty accurate, as far as I can recollect. And I don't argue politics anymore, DS.
I prefer to have a calm discussion of how I feel, and why I feel that way.
I understand other people have different opinions (liberal, conservative), and I respect that. I even understand their way of thinking, usually, although I may not agree with it.
I am primarily very conservative, although I do understand some liberal points of view. However, I am NOT a Republican - I feel the Republican Party is just as bad as the Democratic Party these days. I don't care what their talking heads say - they both look out for the rich (because THAT'S who is in congress), and they both think that the average working man isn't worth two dead flies.
When it comes to the economy, it is a VERY complex issue, and no one person has all the answers. But I personally believe (whether right or wrong) in the fundamentals - keep government spending low, eliminate government waste, and keep taxes low. If the average working man can keep more of his pay, he will spend more, which improves tax revenue, and fuels the economic engine.
IMO, going into a LOT more debt (which history has shown will never be paid back), in order to give the economy a shot in the arm, is not the answer.
During the Carter years, when people were paying 12% interest on their homes (I had good credit, and a business loan with 21% interest - which put me out of business), the economy was bleeding to death because of government spending, and high taxes. Reagan fixed it by simply lowering taxes, which actually INCREASED revenue, and balanced the budget. The Bushes, Clinton, and Obama learned nothing from that experience.