The problem did not begin "back in 2011" .....
It existed for certain in early 2010 when Obama put together the Deficit Commission. ... Simpson-Bowless released their report about 2 years ago..
Obama ignored the recommendations. He has never adequately explained why he ignored the Commission.
Simpson-Bowles addressed both spending and revenues. It could have been a basis for negotiations among Congressional leaders and the President. Unfortunately, Obama failed to lead regarding the deficit problem.
The result of Obama's failures is the Fiscal Cliff and Obama's deficits exceeding $1.0 trillion annually.
Republicans are not at all to blame for this disaster.