“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
If as you state you ran a 1200 person business it is a miracle you stayed in business any experienced business owner knows you have to invest to promote growth, your party has done every thing it can to try to derail any thing that OUR president has proposed. If the democratic party had used the same tactics on Presidents Reagan and Bush our debt would not be any where near what it is. Your party created this mess and now know if President Obama can pull us out of it your party will become part of history, ancient history nothing more than a footnote in a history book.
You were the one who made the comment "during the Clinton years there was no surplus" which for most indicates no change in the current accounts. Most will admit that the national debt did increase but that the national deficit on annual budgets disappeared and that there was a 'surplus' in federal revenues. After all, that was the primary excuse for the 2001 Bush tax cuts - "the government is taking your money and doesn't need it"
Raving about a steadily decreasing deficit and the growth in the national debt with incurred service increases, most of it due to policies supported and instituted by Republicans, while supporting economic beliefs that have been shown to be failures time and time again is typical 'conservatism' that appeals to the poorly informed.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822