As I read through this thread, and the nonchalant attitude of those making excuses for the idiots in DC continuing to just argue to spend more and more on an ever increasing credit card I was struck on this film last night on Stossel. It's a couple of years old, (and that is another problem for another thread that we just keep traveling down the road not doing anything about this) but it puts this I think in understandable terms...Watch....
Here is a cool website.
History of Deficits and Surpluses In The United States
It looks like our country does best with a Democrat in the White House, Republican control of the Senate and Republican control of the House. Republican presidents like to fight conflicts which is very expensive. Republican presidents are also more likely to cave to congress which can be very expensive especially if it's R-R-R. Democratic presidents like to give away goodies but they can't do it if the Congress and Senate are Republican.
The D-R-R combo is very rare in our recent history. We could probably see a surplus by the end of FY-2017 (September 30, 2018) if Republicans take the Senate in the 2014 election.
Now they have to replenish those borrowed funds because those other projects are still happening.
One of you will end up here next!