Chart 1: National Debt as % of GDP Increased Sharply Under Republican Presidents and Decreased Under Democratic President

Start End
31

Reagan (R)
51 51

Bush 1 (R)
65 65

Clinton (D)
57 57

Bush 2 (R)
80

0

20

40

60

80

Federal Debt as % of GDP (1981-2009)
Source: www.wolfram.alpha; all amounts are calculated as of January 20th. For more information, please follow on Twitter @Steven_Strauss or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Steven.Strauss.Updates.

Chart 2: Federal Spending as % of GDP Only Decreased Significantly Under the Democratic President
Start End
21.3

Reagan (R)
21.3 21.3

Bush 1 (R)
22.7 22.7

Clinton (D)
19.1 19.1

Bush 2 (R)
23.2

0

6

12

18

24

Federal Spending as % of GDP (1981-2009)
Source: www.wolfram.alpha; all amounts are calculated as of January 20th. For more information, please follow on Twitter @Steven_Strauss or Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/Steven.Strauss.Updates