When George W. Bush took office, the national surplus was $236 billion.
After six years of Republican control, the national debt is now $400 billion.
Recently, Congress approved raising our debt ceiling (think of it like filling out all those pre-approved credit card apps that come in the mail - all at once) to $9 trillion. According to the London Times, that amount of money would buy you 28 full-size replicas of the Eiffel Tower - in pure gold. (Or 9,000 Buckingham Palaces. Presumably, not in gold.)
Thanks to Democratic Underground, which basically wrote this post for me. But I thought it was too good not to share.