Hmm, I'll go for the beer =P But just as a clarification, my study in poli-sci is mainly law, and Bush's rather "unique" views as well as those of his compatriots in the Supreme Court is more of my thing rather than the economy...plus I tend to get more into the social effects of things rather than the economics. I personally really don't think we can say that the deficit from cold war military spending in Reagan years just mysteriously disappeared off once he left office, I'm quite sure it kept going in the background in both his terms of administrations, George Bush Sr.'s, and ended roughly during Clinton's administration with the surplus. The surplus is more what I'm talking about rather than the economic boom during his administration, btw, DB, sorry if I was misleading on the matter; it might be a byproduct of the economic boom, but hey, the surplus is a matter of public of record under Clinton's administration and should be commended for. And although I seem to be crediting Clinton with a loooooot of praises, it's also because I work too, it may not be a Fortune 500 company, DB, but lots of blue collar work (yeah, white collar you need to graduate first) to supplement my income while studying. Clinton's administration you can find jobs a lot more easily than under the current Bush administration, and I think that impact can be felt more many people (esp. recently unemployed and graduating students). I agree with what you said about Clinton's dot-com boom would have to start crashing down sooner or later, but one can argue how hard and how tough the recession need be; government in most cases is the safety net of our society, ensuring that people will live through recession after that huge crisis we had called the Great Depression; when we start cutting taxes we're literally cutting the funding government has to help the average citizen ride out rough storms (in paper, I know, it depends heavily on many variables, but let's assume it's this cheery outcome). And yes, Fidget, I'm very liberally influenced, but if you study politics, I think it's always better to have compassion rather than just the bottom line, because political systems and administrations come and go, but people are the staple and foundation of any country. They should matter the most. Cheers.