#7 Danforth: "Dubya got surplus budgets"
Nope. There is a lot of difference between a projected budget surplus and an actual one, but you probably already know that. I'm not making excuses for Bush and his free-spending ways (though many R friends back then tried to convince me "it was necessary" LOL!).
Here are two quick sources I grabbed from my files:
"Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the
claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument
to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration. ...
While not defending the increase of the federal debt under President Bush, it's curious to see Clinton's
record promoted as having generated a surplus. It never happened. There was never a surplus and the facts
support that position. In fact, far from a $360 billion reduction in the national debt in FY1998-FY2000,
there was an increase of $281 billion."
-Craig Steiner, 08-22-2011, www.townhall.com Finance
"So the table itself, according to the figures issued yesterday, showed the Federal Government ran a surplus. Absolutely false. This reporter ought to do his work. This crowd never has asked for or kept up with or checked the facts. Eric Planin--all he has to do is not spread rumors or get into the political message. Both Democrats and Republicans are all running this year and next and saying surplus, surplus. Look what we have done. It is false. The actual figures show that from the beginning of the fiscal year until now we had to borrow $127,800,000,000."
-Sen. Ernest Hollings, 10-28-1999 (Democrat)