When looking at the facts, the following things need to be remembered:
- CONGRESS sets the budget of the US. Reagan was hurt badly by a Democrat congress, Clinton helped mightily by Republican one.
- REAL GROWTH is the ONLY hope!! Not inflation, not borrowing, not even consuming. Turning the nation back to making things of value, selling them at a profit, spending less than that profit and investing the rest in something that goes up in value!
- Reagan did a lot of great things, but he spent a lot of money and a lot of the "growth" was just borrowed money --- public and private.
- The late '90s Internet Bubble and '03-'07 Housing Bubble are very hard to factor in this ... Not much to be done about it, just a fact.