Originally Posted by tony hipchest
i dont think we were ever out of debt. the budget was just balanced by not incurring any new debt.
clinton knew the budget must be balanced 1st before we could even think of getting out of trillions of dollars of debt. (baby steps). i dont think he ever claimed that he could build rome in a day. any of his supporters who claimed we had no debt to pay off either were blind or talking about "new debt" and misrepresenting the facts.
from a monetary point of view the chart in this thread speaks pretty clearly.
I couldn't agree more.
However, if you want the deficit to go away(faster) you're going to need to do surplus spending. Leave some money for other important projects. It will help.