National Debt: A Break Down by Year

You would think with the Debt going up at record levels that the National Debt would be the last thing Democrats would want to talk about right now but over on Blue Hampshire they are doing just that, attempting to claim that Democrats are the party that best controls spending.

You can read their article in full HERE.

They base this claim around the following chart:

Based on this, it looks really bad for republicans.  Of course this chart ignores which party is in control of the house and senate at any given time and thus which party is actually crafting the budgets and approving spending.

Let's take a closer look at all the facts.

They start breaking things down in 1975, fair enough.

Ford was president yet Democrats controlled both house.  Here's what we saw for national debt in this years:

In 1975 when Ford took office with Democrats in control of both houses the debt was $533,189,000,000.00

1976 = 620,433,000,000.00

1977 = 698,840,000,000.00

Now in 1977 Jimmy Carter took office and right up until 1981 Democrats controlled both houses.

1978 = 771,544,000,000.0074753750000

1979 = 826,519,000,000.00

1980 = 907,701,000,000.00

1981 = 997,855,000,000.00

In 1981 Regan took office and until 1986 Republicans did control the Senate however Democrats still had majority control over the Congress.

1982 = 1,142,034,000,000.00

1983 = 1,377,210,000,000.00

1984 = 1,572,266,000,000.00

1985 = 1,823,103,000,000.00

1986 = 2,125,302,616,658.42

In the 1986 elections Democrats won back control of both houses and remained in control of both houses until 1995 when Republicans gained control of both.

1987 = 2,350,276,890,953.00

1988 = 2,602,337,712,041.16

Bush I took office

1989 = 2,857,430,960,187.32

1990 = 3,233,313,451,777.25

1991 = 3,665,303,351,697.03

1992 = 4,064,620,655,521.66

I already broke down the years from 1993 on in another article HERE but I'll repost the results for ease of viewing.

April 1993 when Bill Clinton took office (with Democrats controlling house and senate) the national debt was $4,225,873,987,843.44

In April 1995 when republicans took back control of the house and senate the national debt was $4,873,480,746,464.74

April 2001 when G.W. Bush took office the nation debt was $5,773,739,949,951.53

April 2006 when Democrats took control of House and Senate the national debt was $8,175,743,292,992.87

April 2009 when Obama took office the national debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08.

Right now as I write this the national debt is up to $12,018,408,372,382.45

So let's see look closer at this break down.

Under Ford with Democrats in control we averaged $82,825,500,000 per year

Carter and Democrats in both houses averaged $74,753,750,000 per year

Regan with a Republican senate and Democrat house averaged $187,907,936,109.74

Regan with Democrats in full control $238,517,547,691.37

Bush I with Democrats in full control $365,570,735,870.125

Clinton with Democrats in full control $323,803,379,310.65

Clinton with Republicans in full control $150,043,200,582.80

Bush II with Republicans in full control $400,333,890,506.89

Bush II with Democrats in full control $1,225,566,877,960.11

Obama so far with Democrats in full control $1,391,531,323,469.37

So without adjusting for inflation you can see the lowest level of spending was under Bill Clinton with Republicans in full control.  There is no way you can conclude what the chart above implies which is Republicans are the big spenders.  If anything it shows both parties are out of control but clearly in the past three years Democrats have proven they are the worst at controlling spending.

That's why groups like the National Taxpayer's Union are so important because they cut through all the BS and show facts and analysis of voting records.  Rather then looking at general statistics and vague numbers like the chart above which can be manipulated and used to imply what Democrats want to imply the National Taxpayer's Union actually looks over every single vote by every elected official and shows you which ones support the most spending bills and which ones control spending.

Look at it this way.  Let's say of 100 senators, only 40 are Democrats.  Of the 60 Republicans, 15 are moderate or even left leaning RINOs.  Budget time comes around and the 40 Democrats and 15 RINOs create a majority allowing spending to sky rocket.

Using the generalities of the different break downs I used and even the chart above uses, it would imply that Republicans spend the most when in fact it was the 40 Democrats and 15 RINOS who were the ones out of control.  Tossing out the 45 responsible members would only make things worse.

So don't be fooled by charts and graphs with little details.  Become informed and look at ALL the details.  Facts show TRUE Republicans do control spending and as we see now with Democrats in full control, they don't.