Abandoning the gold standard was one of the first steps down a bad path.
Clinton didn't have to budget for the Cold War which ended before he took office, was the beneficiary of the tax revenue generated by the jobs created by the tech boom, and punted the WOT and its expense to the next administration.
And yet in spite of this which included the trillion dollar hit we took on 9/11, the deficit was 165 billion and shrinking when, um, what changed in January, 2007?
“And, as Bill Clinton reminds at every opportunity, the U.S. government was in surplus for four years at the end of his presidency.”
If there was a surplus, then why did we have to borrow money throughout those four years?