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Also, which were the ones who ignored the problem and increased it?

As of late, the repub’s seem to be up in arms about bringing our debt down, and I just wanted to check recent history to get some ideas of what the folks the repub’s have actually supported, have done for this country’s debt since this seems to be one of their big issues.

5 Thoughts on In the past 3 decades, which presidents were successfully able to reduce our national debt?
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    Scott Monster
    August 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Well, Clinton had the mixture of being a very prolific worker and being very lucky with the surge in the economy.

    Everyone else payed lip service to balancing the budget.

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    August 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    It isn’t republicans that are up in arms. It is conservatives.

    Republicans are now officially socialist light while democrats are full fledged socialists.

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    Don B
    August 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Republicans always trot out the slogan that they oppose big government and want to shrink the federal payroll. President Bush tells us that “big government is not the answer.”

    President Reagan told us, “Our government is too big and it spends too much.”

    But for more than 75 years, no Republican administration has cut the size of government. Since George W. Bush became president, government spending has risen nearly 25 percent.

    And the spending increase isn’t just tied to the war on terrorism. The Office of Management and Budget says spending at the Environmental Protection Agency is up 12 percent; it’s up 14 percent at the Agriculture Department, 30 percent at the Department of the Interior; 64 percent at the Department of Labor, and 70 percent at the Department of Education.

    And the pork keeps pouring out. Even the Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala., got $ 200,000.

    Alabama congressman Terry Everett, a Republican, got them the money. He wouldn’t talk to us about it, but the locals said they like getting your money. “I think it’s a waste of money, but if they’re going to waste money, I guess it’s better to waste it here than anywhere else,” one man told me.

    Economist Stephen Moore, a Republican, says, “We fought a war against big government and you know what? Big government won.”

    He noted, “You look at what’s happened to the government in the 10 years since the Republicans took control of Congress, the government is twice as big.”

    As you can PLAINLY see
    ONLY DEMOCRATS have lessened the DEBT

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    Chewy Ivan
    August 9, 2011 at 12:36 am

    In the last 3 decades, no president has successfully reduced the National Debt. Clinton came closest by having a budget surplus, but it was still smaller than the interest on the National Debt. Obama is the first Democrat in 3 decades to increase the rate of National Debt growth faster than the Republican presidents.

    But you are right, conservatives only seem concerned with national spending when Democrat presidents are in charge. For instance, after Obama was inaugurated, the war in Afghanistan went from vital operation for the defense of the nation to wasteful boondoggle in the minds of many conservatives.

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    August 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I hate to admit this, because i was a Republican back then, but Clinton balanced the budget. The ’90s were good!
    PS-Im an Independent now, but Im leaning towards Socialist Ideology
    Isn’t that one heck of a turn around! I was virtually a Right Wing Anarchist in the ’90s. Then Reality struck in the 2000s

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