right on point about repubs pulling the strings. But repubs get no credit for the '94 through '99 when spending slowed. Repubs after that thought they could spend what they wanted while they had the exec and non defense spending increased as well. Prior to '94, congress was a dem party lock. They controlled the house for about 44 years straight and had the senate half that time. During that time dems got us into Korea and we are still there and we are still paying for it. They got us into Vietnam and that cost 10 times more American lives than Iraq and LBJ funded part of that war with the Social Security trust fund. That trust fund was not repaid and the democrat party drained it. Dems seem to forget their wars they did not pay for.