my answer was (I believe ti was during the Clinton years, which had a Republican majority in Congress that did something besides obstruct that did it.)
The last two years of the Clinton administration.
The debt was paid down for them two years.
Here you go, play with your toy and see if you can find a couple of years of dubya that it was paid down.
Debt to the Penny (Daily History Search Application)
Now lets get back on the subject that you are so intent on dodging. Why should the bush tax-cuts not see the sunset? To me it is nothing but win,win, the country gets a hold of some of the dough that should have gone into the coffers for the last ten years. shell a bit of it out for retiring the debt, a bit more for stimulus.
Like I said in another thread, if that stimulus was used on high profile public projects, such as highway improvements, light rail with plenty of REALLY BIG SIGNS "saying this highway/rail/whatever project was paid for with your stimulus dough" it would go a long way in improving the publics confidence in the economy.
The key is lots of PR, let the public know the dough came out of conservatives pocket.
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say
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Ending National Debt Deficit
FY1993 09/30/1993 $4.411488 trillion
FY1994 09/30/1994 $4.692749 trillion $281.26 billion
FY1995 09/29/1995 $4.973982 trillion $281.23 billion
FY1996 09/30/1996 $5.224810 trillion $250.83 billion
FY1997 09/30/1997 $5.413146 trillion $188.34 billion
FY1998 09/30/1998 $5.526193 trillion $113.05 billion
FY1999 09/30/1999 $5.656270 trillion $130.08 billion
FY2000 09/29/2000 $5.674178 trillion $17.91 billion
FY2001 09/28/2001 $5.807463 trillion $133.29 billion
I don't see a reduction in debt at the official Treasury website. Please enlighten me.
I'm very much in favor of tax cuts but not with borrowed money and the problem that we have gotten into in recent years is spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money. And at the end of the day that proves disastrous. My view is I don't think we can play subtle policy here. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan
You can't be a fiscal conservative and believe that renewing the Bush tax cuts is a good idea in the face of trillion dollar deficits. It's over. Time to pay up.
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