So at 2:57 last night, i tried to make this post in a thread about Republicans being so obstinate since Obama came in. Many fingers were pointing at Obama for our huge rise in debt.
I wrote all this, then hit "post" and saw the timer taking forever, so I copied my message into notepad on my desktop, and it's still here! So here's my final thought from the old acapella fun forum:
Two wars (fought by the most expensive army in the world) and a stock market crash. Let's all agree that stuff the majority on both sides wanted--such as two wars, easier loans--are huge huge reasons why we've got such debt. If somebody would like to show me statistical evidence that "entitlement" spending has increased by trillions since 2009 and that the increased payouts are not related to the country's/world's market folly, I will be happy to read and have some important new info in my head.
But for now, when it comes to dealing with this massive debt and thinking about the explanation given for our lowered credit rating, the issues are that there is not enough reduction in spending nor enough increase in revenue.
Now, how many congressional Democrats have signed a pledge stating they will never cut spending under any circumstances? How many congressional Republicans have signed a pledge stating they will never increase taxes under any circumstances? (it's 276 out of 289 total Republicans) I think this is what the OP is about.