Bill Clinton inspired me to rename and repost this information. This was the result when Presidents had a Congress that compromised.
THE DEBT, DEFICIT AND DEBT CEILING
Don’t Blame Obama for Bush’s 2009 Deficit
by Republican Daniel J. Mitchell of the Conservative Cato Institute
Most government spending occurs automatically, without any action by the Congress or the President. Since fiscal year 1957, the amount of debt held by the federal government has increased each year.
But Democratic presidents are better at debt reduction.
Balancing the Budget
President Clinton balanced the budget, giving the government a surplus. Not one single Republican in either house voted for the balanced budget.
Only 5 (five) current Presidents have governed with a surplus. They were all Democrats!
Recessions and Depressions
Republicans held the presidency at the onset of the last NINE (9) economic downturns, including the two greatest economic collapses in our history. The Debt Ceiling
The DEBT CEILING has been raised 79 times since 1960; 49 times under Republican presidents and 30 times under Democratic presidents.
The Federal Workforce
Reagan expanded government more than any modern-day President. His was the largest non-military workforce in three decades. The only president who had a workforce that surpassed Reagan’s was President Johnson’s, during the Vietnam War. Reagan was in office during peacetime.
When it comes to job creation, the Democrats again do a better job than Republicans.
From the U.S. Department of Labor; data is listed from the best to the worst:
Clearly Democratic Presidents create more jobs per year than Republican presidents. Unemployment rates are higher under Republicans....it’s just a fact.
See charts here: