Chart: National Debt Goes Up under GOP Presidents, Down Under Democrats

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So simple even Republicans can understand it! And remember: Pres. Obama reduced federal deficit By $103.6 billion, down 13% from 2009.

Update: Here is the link to the original source.


  • renegade
    October 24, 2010 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    whats the point of commenting on any of your opinions when the moderator deletes anyone with a dissenting opinion and classifys any dissent as objectionable

  • Dee Loralei
    October 24, 2010 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Jon, That’s a great chart, and yea, easy enough for even a Teabagger to understand. Where’d you get it? You need to forward that to all your blogging cohorts and get it to go viral. Hell forward to Olberman, Maddow, O’Donnel and Schultz.

    I love it, thanks!

    • October 25, 2010 - 6:08 am | Permalink

      Hi Dee – I’m trying to track back to the source. I inadvertently closed the tab in my browser before I grabbed the link.

  • K in St. Petersburg
    November 16, 2010 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    The whole premise of this article – that the Executive Branch (President) is responsible for the national debt and budget deficits – is constitutionally inaccurate and therefore false. In accordance with the U.S. Constitution, all spending bills originate in the U.S. House of Representatives and all taxes are voted into law by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate; the President of the U.S. cannot create a budget surplus or budget deficit. Consequently, it is more accurate to evaluate the chart by dispensing with any reference to the Executive Branch and focusing more specifically on the U.S. Congress at any given point on the timeline.

    U.S. House of Representatives Majority:
    1955 – 1995 – Democrats
    1995 – 2007 – Republicans
    2007 – 2010 – Democrats

    U.S. Senate Majority:
    1955 – 1981 – Democrats
    1981 – 1987 – Republicans
    1987 – 1995 – Democrats
    1995 – 2001 – Republicans
    2001 – 2001 – Split Republicans and Democrats
    2001 – 2003 – Democrats
    2003 – 2007 – Republicans
    2007 – 2010 – Democrats

    The only periods on this timeline where one party controlled both chambers of Congress include:

    1987 – 1995 – Democrats
    1995 – 2001 – Republicans
    2003 – 2007 – Republicans
    2007 – 2010 – Democrats

    So what happened during these four (4) periods of absolute control:

    1987 – 1995 – Democrats (national debt increased from 225 b to 281 b, an increase of 56 b)
    1995 – 2001 – Republicans (national debt decreased from 281 b to 133 b, a decrease of 148 b)
    2003 – 2007 – Republicans (national debt decreased from 555 b to 501 b, a decrease of 54 b)
    2007 – 2010 – Democrats (national debt increased from 501 b to 1017 b, an increase of 516 b)

    • November 17, 2010 - 7:06 am | Permalink

      K – As a strong advocate of ditching our antiquated system and replacing it with a modern parliamentary system, you make my points. Why do we need an Executive Branch or, for that matter, a Senate?

      You omit a key fact, however: In politics, presidents get credit or blame for the economy. That reality drives this debate.

  • Lee
    January 17, 2012 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    The truth of the matter is that although its not the President every current president and each candidate will will run on the debt. This shows that the Republican are the ones that mess things up and the Democrats fixes them. The real deal is that racism is still running this country and that is why when a Democrat is in office the Republican do everything to take the money away to make sure that there is no way any improvement can be done to improve the middle class in this country. What this really show is that Democrats are forced to reduce the money going out to improve the middle class. The Republican get in and provide an increase in spending, but spending on things that will help the rich to surpress the massive. I would like to see what increased spending occurred during the increases. The big 2008 crash they increased the debt to pay rich people bail outs. I am voting for President Obama if for no other reason to stop the relection campaige that the next president would do once elected. This country need to get to work other countries will be starting in the same place as we are and if we don’t do it together we can be taken down. Remember Rome had 3/4 of the world as they knew it and they was brought down. We better get back to working together and we better do it with Obama.

  • junk
    July 29, 2012 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    this discussion seems to ignore any reality after 2008. We’re up to $15.8 trillion in debt now. It was, what, $9T in 2008? That’s an increase of 75%. With that trend, it’ll be 86% higher than 2008 levels by Jan 2013. Who was in the White House then? Who was running the House AND Senate, ramming Obamacare down our throats? And we can’t even afford it.

  • Dan
    October 2, 2012 - 4:58 pm | Permalink
  • Jerry Whidby
    October 25, 2012 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t Congress make the budget? Didn’t Clinton have a Republican Congress? The huge spike from 2007 until 2008; could that be from the Democrat controlled Congress elected in 2006? It didn’t exactly stop when Bush left office. In fact Obama has racked up 6 TRILLION dollars since he was sworn in. Let’s not forget that in his first two years he had a filibuster proof House, and his party also controlled the Senate. It’s funny how nobody remembers that Congress comes up with ways to waste our money.

  • Jerry Whidby
    October 25, 2012 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Also I will note that this “article” came out in Oct. of 2010, but fails to include any Obama data.

  • Jeff
    December 19, 2012 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Anyone can play with graphs and jumble figures into propaganda. All the other graphs I’ve seen seem to suggest the Dems spend more. I challenge your data. It raised during the Bush admin but we spent a lot in the Mid East during those years. Unemployment is up and we are looking close to 16 trillion. Its projected the national dept will have risen 87% by 2016. Out of control! I’m sad to report I had to see this behavior in my lifetime not to mention the cover ups. Our only hope is people wise up and realize our country can’t be fueled by hype. To be honest I’m not pleased with either party but less with the Dems do to the fact of faulty data that is pushed on our minds like this. For someone to believe this they would have to be on crack, lmao!

  • February 12, 2013 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I especially LOVE how this chart is completely inaccurate, biased and just plane-old bald faced lies. I simple google search will prove it to you in 10 seconds flat. The reality shows that your monkey in illegal chief has spent more money in the last 30 days ( 981 billion ) then Reagan did in his entire 8 years! Figure that out smarty pants. In addition to the 1.25 Trillion PER YEAR over the last 4 years. Also, did you neglect to point out that Bush spent 50% of his debt on 9/11 & Katrina combined, which are terrorist acts perpetrated upon the American people that no other president ( legal or otherwise in this case ) had to deal with. But it is always comical to try and watch liberals explain how something can be both Free and Expensive at the same time :-) LIke Reagan always said to the morons on the left : IF YOU ARE EXPLAINING – YOUR LOSING :-)

    • Madison
      February 13, 2013 - 8:05 am | Permalink

      The irony, Joe, is that, as you would say, “your” explaining here — and “your” doing it with fourth-grade spelling, grammar and syntax, and no citations. You tea baggers really have no idea how dumb you are. The tragedy is that despite the fact that “your” unpopular — the right-wing Fox-approved pollster Rasmussen found that only 8 percent of Americans say they are tea baggers — “your” doing your damnedest to drive this great country over the cliff.

  • James
    May 23, 2013 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

    This graph is not exactly up to date, when it says george bush the second one, spent a trillion dollars in deficit spending, obama doubled that. We cannot blame debt by party, it usually has to deal with the situation, but barrack obama is special, and seems not to care about the future generations, me. I will have to pay this off in the future, and I know obama does not care as long as it is not him. He crippled the U.S. economy for the future, our entire GDP is not enough to pay off our debt, and it is about 12 times all of our taxes. The first step to getting out of a hole is to stop digging. I am not blaming democrats, but Barrack Obama, he does not represent the views of everyone in the party and I know it. I am sure that if 16-18 year olds who vote for Barrack Obama know that half of their income will be taxes if he had his way, and if every american pitched in, 50k, almost everyone cannot even afford that, we would pay off the debt. If we default on our loans, it would have a devastating effect on the economy of the world, 16 trillion dollars, just gone. We also lost our 5 star credit rating, which does not mean much, but for the first time since 1918 we did lose it. Eventually we will not be able to buy much needed things, and we could go bankrupt. We are starting to look more and more like Greece, and I don’t want to see one man cripple the economic future of the country.

  • James
    May 23, 2013 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Barrack Obama did not just double George Bush’s spending, but he raised the debt by double the total value. He blames it on bush, which is true, but a full on war for 8 years without paying will do that, but what is funny is that he has continued to spend that much money with no reason. Even the left wing websites, exe. says he increased spending from bush, so where is he to blame bush if he is spending even more without a war? That is the question, some people just do not understand and vote for a man who reflects badly on our country as a whole.

  • James
    May 23, 2013 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I also agree with Jerry, read above, because anything good that happens just because, Barrack Obama will take credit, but anything bad, he blames it on other people. His entire campaign was to make Romney look like a bad guy and distance him from the middle class because he was rich.

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