where were you during the 8 years of drunken sailor spending under bush? 2 unfunded wars, unfunded medicare giveaway to PHARMA to the tune of 6 Billion, No child left behind, etc. I'm sure that was fine because bush was in office right? As to balancing the budget, thurston and gilligan's "plan" didn't balance anything until 2040 from the little infomation they gave us to look at. EVERY attempt the Democrats made to balance the budget was met with anger and obstruction from your red friends in congress, all of whom are beholden to a lobbyist named norquist. "dern Commies". Get out of the ultra right echo chamber for a little while.