I voted Yes on this poll. I believe, as others have pointed out, that elected officials are intentionally driving our country into debt through policies they continue to support (or create themselves); as well as their refusal (or apparent inability) to take the necessary steps to truly shrink these debts in a meaningful way. This does not appear to be a problem with just one political party or another; nor is it a problem that is isolated to the federal government. With demands being made by the American people to support or expand program X and to create program Y, these politicians put themselves in impossible positions when they promise too much to their constituents and the lobbyists that have supported them and whom they are indebted to. Add to this the expectations of the political party that they belong to and it becomes easier to see why governments continue to grow as well as the debt (not to mention the taxes, which seem to be used up without lowering the debt in a noticeable way at this time).