rickrick91 saidAnd the main reason we have a problem with "the debt/deficit", is because the Repub party said that "deficits don't matter" for the last 30 years, while they ran up massive yearly budget deficts every year they occupied the White House.
What was the debt as of January 20, 2009?
What is the debt as of today?
Who has controlled Congress since January of 2009?
Who has been President since January 20, 2009?
That argument only works if you also are going to give President Obama credit for ending the 2007-2009 Bush recession.
President Obama took office in January 2009, as you stated.
The recession ended in August of 2009.
So, President Obama deserves full credit for ending the Bush recession.
Now please fill in that little worksheet I provided to you and answer those 4 questions.
In order to end the painful Bush recession - the worst recession in 70 years - and keep the country from sliding into another Great Depression - President Obama had to spend money to stimulate the economy, and get the economy moving again.
It worked - as you just admitted!
Yes, the money that was spent got added to the already huge National Debt left behind by Bush, but it was the only way to pull the country out of the Bush recession.
So, as we can see clearly - the person who is to blame for the additional debt that's been added to the National Debt - is George W. Bush.
He not only exploded the National Debt while he was in office with the two hugely expensive Bush wars, the Bush tax cuts for the rich, the Bush recession, and the 100% unpaid for Bush prescription drug bill - he's also responsible for the costs of the Obama stimulus bill.
President Obama wouldn't have been forced to add the cost of the stimulus bill to the already massive National Debt left behind by Bush, if Bush hadn't left behind such a severe recession.
So, the cost of the stimulus spending that was necessary to pull the country out of the Bush recession - is Bush's fault.
The recession hit on his watch, and therefore, the cost of what it took to end the Bush recession is naturally BUSH'S FAULT.