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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].

Let’s try to be clear and be careful to not use nor reinforce inaccurate republican talking points. Mkay?

Liz Goodwin @lizcgoodwin
“My party’s not known for worrying about the deficit or the debt too much but it’s time for us to start getting into that,” Mayor Pete says in NH town hall in response to voter anxious about debt. Says everything his campaign has proposed is paid for.
11:34 AM · Dec 5, 2019

Sigh.

The Internets sort of exploded.

Historical data from the Congressional Budget Office [click to enlarge]:

Congressional Budget Office – Annual Deficit/Surplus by Year – 1965 to 2019.

Congressional Budget Office – Annual Revenue and Spending by Year – 1965 to 2019.

Democratic administrations have been much better at working to reduce the deficit, sometimes after inheriting a huge mess from republican administrations. That’s it. That’s all you’ve got to say.

So easy to remember that it even fits on a bumper sticker.