A very interesting way to look at how we went in debt. Now how do we stop going further in debt? Anyone want to express an opinion on the GOP’s track record? Or guess what McCain would have done? Or how about a suppy sider tracking tax cuts and debt growth for us?

U.S. president Party Term years Start debt/GDP End debt/GDP Increase debt ($T) Increase debt/GDP
(in percentage points)
Roosevelt/Truman D 1945-1949 117.5% 93.1% 0.05 -24.4%
Truman Harry Truman D 1949-1953 93.1% 71.4% 0.01 -21.5%
Eisenhower1 Dwight Eisenhower R 1953-1957 71.4% 60.4% 0.01 -11.0%
Eisenhower2 Dwight Eisenhower R 1957-1961 60.4% 55.2% 0.02 -5.2%
Kennedy/Johnson D 1961-1965 55.2% 46.9% 0.03 -8.3%
Johnson Lyndon Johnson D 1965-1969 46.9% 38.6% 0.05 -8.3%
Nixon1 Richard Nixon R 1969-1973 38.6% 35.6% 0.07 -3.0%
Nixon2 Nixon/Ford R 1973-1977 35.6% 35.8% 0.19 +0.2%
Carter Jimmy Carter D 1977-1981 35.8% 32.5% 0.28 -3.3%
Reagan1 Ronald Reagan R 1981-1985 32.5% 43.8% 0.66 +10.8%
Reagan2 Ronald Reagan R 1985-1989 43.8% 53.1% 1.04 +9.3%
Bush GHW George H. W. Bush R 1989-1993 51.1% 66.1% 1.40 +13.0%
Clinton1 Bill Clinton D 1993-1997 66.1% 65.4% 1.18 -0.7%
Clinton2 Bill Clinton D 1997-2001 65.4% 56.4% 0.45 -9.0%
Bush GW1 George W. Bush R 2001-2005 56.4% 63.5% 1.73 +7.1%
Bush GW2 George W. Bush R 2005-2009 63.4% 83.4% 2.63 +20.0%
Obama1 Barack Obama D 2009-2013 83.4%

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