Reagan didn't reduce the deficit/debt while throwing a roundhouse 8itch slap to the USSR daring them to FUBAR their economy any further. Bush 1 didn't reduce the deficit/debt and threw a War while not increasing taxes to pay for it. Clinton actually did reduce the debt/deficit by gutting Defense spending with a boost from Gingrich and better Welfare system (note: this is the both ends must suffer approach that actually works) [extra note: this actually gave us the Internet strangely enough as the Defense product was moved to Academia and Private control]. Bush II immediately drove us further in debt/deficit. Then doubled down by throwing 2 Wars and creating a whole new Fed bureaucracy.