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‘Red states’ should pay off GOP debt

B. Zoeller January 26th, 2011

A big national debt and big spending are scary. They sure scare me. But I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “It’s easier to scare people than to find the facts.”

A big national debt and big spending are scary. They sure scare me. But I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “It’s easier to scare people than to find the facts.”

What facts?

Well, in 1981, the national debt was almost $1 trillion. This was debt left over from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the huge interstate highway system of the ’50s and ’60s.

Then our debt jumped from $1 trillion to nearly $3 trillion under Reagan’s two terms. It tripled and no war? Under Bush Sr., the debt went up from $3 trillion to $4.6 trillion in one term.

Then under Clinton’s two terms it went up only $1 trillion. When the second Bush was elected, the debt was at about $5.5 trillion; and when he left office, the debt was $13.5 trillion. That’s an $8 trillion increase in eight years.

Now the math is not difficult: $1 trillion before Reagan, $1 trillion under Clinton. So that is $2 trillion subtracted from $13.5 trillion. Therefore, under Reagan, Bush Sr. and G.W. Bush, the national debt went up $11.5 trillion. I’m not very good with figuring percentages, but I think this means those three presidents in their combined 20 years in office spent 85 percent of the total national debt. I thought they were the fiscal conservatives.

I’ll vote Republican as soon as the “red states” pay off the “Republican debt.”

—B. Zoeller

Oklahoma City

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02.02.2011 at 12:52 Reply

B. Zoeller’s letter scared me so bad I was seeing “blue states”.


What scared me the most was B. Zoeller’s misconception of how the Federal Government spends our money.  A basic U.S. Government 101 course clearly explains that the President of the United States does not spend our money.  Article I,. sections 7 and 8 of the U.S. Constitution, delegates this to the U.S. Congress.


I will accept the money amounts B. Zoeller put forth as accurate or close enough.  However, just adding total debt and assigning it to a year, a president, or a political party does not give a true picture of who really spends our money.  The Federal Government raises, spends and borrows money like most of its citizens.  We have to compare the money spent (Federal debt) to the GDP (Gross Domestic Income) to each session of Congress which is two years.  Congress is who spends our money.


The Federal debt grew around 30% under Presidents Reagan and Bush 1.  The Congress was controlled by Democrats.  Federal debt continued to grow under President Clinton for his first three years and then the debt as a percentage of GDP continued to decline for the next five years. Great job! Oh, I forgot to mention that the Republicans took control of Congress in 1995, two years after President Clinton took office.  The federal debt started a steady climb under President Bush 2 with two wars but never exceeded a higher percentage higher than that when President Clinton was in office, until 2007 when the Democrats regained control of Congress.  At that time, the debt shot straight up and has soared to unprecedented levels under President Obama and the Democratic Congress.  So B. Zoeller needs to take another look at who really has ownership for creating this huge “blue” debt that has been handed to the taxpayers.    


Bryan Scott