National Debt increased $15 billion a year (1913 to 1981.) Top tax bracket never below 70% (1936 to 1981); 94% during WW 2. Reagan reduced it to 28%, started Cold War, debt increased 466%. Clinton put it to 39.6%. His last FY in office deficit was $18 billion. Bush 2 decreased it to 35%, started two wars, debt went up $4.9 trillion and his last FY deficit was $1.1 trillion.
Obama inherited $10.6 trillion debt, plus Bush's $700 billion bank bailout, adding to Obama's first year deficit,
Republican's Obstructionism: :
1. Senator Mc Connell, "make Obama one term president", (even if it destroys nation's well being).
Results: Unprecedented numbers of filibusters stopping nation's economic growth. US News reports
total 20 filibusters (1950-1969) with 69 by Obstructionist Republicans in Obama's first year (2009),
still continuing. .
2. Over 95% of Congressional Republicans signed Grover Norquist's pledge "Not raise taxes on the rich."
3. ALEC, with Koch brothers, represents corporation's control over Congressional Republicans .