On March 6, Rod Livdahl wrote a full column with all the answers. Only thing is he quoted the wrong facts. He writes all about the presidents in office as the debt mounted. The big problem is the president can only veto bills, not write them.
The real facts are that since the 1950s there has only been one period when the Republicans ran the Senate and the House. From January 1995 until mid 2001, when a Republican senator changed parties and the Senate went Democratic, the Republicans controlled both houses. Not coincidently, that is also the only time since around 1974 when the debt-to-GDP ratio went down any significant amount.
So now, Mr Livdahl, please explain your facts again.