$4.8 trillion of this (if we include the total $1 trillion, pre-Reagan, debt as the Democrats' debt), for argument's sake, can be considered the Democrats.
That leaves $9.2 trillion the responsibility of the Republicans.
Over sixty-five percent of our debt is the responsibility of the tax-cut, deregulation, government-stinks, unions-are-thugs cabal.
We have one party - the Democrats - investing in the country, thereby incurring debt:
- the infrastructure: roads, bridges, trains, wind turbines, broadband
- the people: earned income tax credits, retraining incentives, unemployment insurance, Medicare, public works, green jobs
At least with the Democrats' policies we have something to show for what we've spent; an actual investment.
With the Republicans, all we seem to get is more debt and a continually-morphing economic platform impervious to empirical evidence and increasingly self-assured, even in the face of apparent failure.