While I agree with premise, Newt didn't balance the budget. Neither did Clinton. If you look at the real data from the OMB.gov website, you'll see the closest the budget has come closest to being balance was around '98 at 17 billion or so. I guess if you're rounding down in the billions. Great article on this by Greg Steiner in, err, townhall - http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/craigsteiner/2011/08/22/the_clinton_surplus_myth/page/full/.