Via the Treasury Department’s Debt to the Penny Calculator, here’s what the National Debt was on January 19, 2001:
And here’s what it was on January 20, 2009:
That’s an increase of $ 5,005,369,081,097.44, or 87.39% in eight years.
In other words, George W. Bush and the Republican Congress increased the National Debt by nearly the same amount as we managed to accrue over a period of 212 years.
It’s no wonder that the public doesn’t trust the GOP when it comes to the economy.