It appears you need to go back and look at the history books my friend. You first need to understand the difference between deficit and debt. When we speak of deficit, it refers to the budget. When we speak of debt, it is the debt owed by the nations. A budget deficit contributes to the national debt but deficit is not the sole cause of the national debt. Here I will even give you a link to the CBO, so you can see for yourself, Clinton was running a budget surplus, that means no deficits in his second term. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy05/hist.html Clinton delivered a budget surplus, that means no deficit, to george II and his merry band of Republicans in 2000.