Explore 60 years of deficits - and the occasional surplus - in an interactive chart.
C'mon, we've known voters love abstract spending cuts and specific spending programs for 40 years now. So why are we still running these kinds of polls?
If you look beyond the rhetoric and focus on the policy, House Republicans are proposing much harsher spending cuts this year than they did last year.
President Obama's got a reputation as a big spender. But total government spending has actually fallen. And even federal spending is lagging the Bush years.
"From a purely statistical standpoint, the growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones."