Rowell: Republican voters consistently prove the point of this article. When republicans are in control of government, their policies directly or indirectly raise the deficit and debt. When democrats are voted into office, the clean up of the republican mess becomes cries of "democrats made this mess". Case in point: G.W. Bush. His administration (along with a congress run by republicans) enacted a tax break plan that added to the deficit (and primarily benefited the wealthy), enacted an expansion of medicare to cover prescription drugs, started two unfunded wars which added to the deficit, added several new departments into government, which added to the deficit. By the end of G.W. Bush's second term, the deficit was over $1.2 trillion (per year). Along with that, the nation was in the midst of a recession (and near depression). There were bank bail outs, auto maker bail outs. Unemployment was at or near 10%. The DJI was in the 6000's. After the Obama administration stepped in, the deficit was cut by more than 50%. The economy was growing near 3%. Unemployment was at historic lows. The DJI was near 20,000. But all conservatives say is that he added $10 trillion to the debt. The fact of the matter is that policies and problems put in place before he even took the oath of office tied his hands. Let's be honest, if democrats employed the same tactics republicans have been using for the past 20 years....there would be anger, torches and pitch forks.