Man I thought you were smarter than making such ill formed statements... you have to ask why did the nationaal debt go up? (FYI, it was increases 17 time during the Bush era) Increased stimulus spending and bailing out companies would be the most appropriate answer. Then the question arises about how those companies and the economy as a whole got to that position.... our economy didn't go to hell in a handbasket over night, it took years. At the end of Bush's term they all were trying to push the impending financial crisis on the "next guy." Whether you agree with Obama's policies and actions, the man inherited this economy.