Even before a unified surplus first appeared in FY98 and finally an on-budget surplus finally appeared in FY99, the GOP was trying to sabotage even the possibility of a Surplus. Leaving aside the fact that they were adamantly against the Clinton tax hike of 1993 which is almost entirely responsible for the Clinton Surplus, Dole ran in 96 proposing a 15% across the board tax cut. There was a small tax cut in 1997. Newt proposed tax cuts in FY98 and a huge $800 tax cut in 1999. Those last two were vetoed by Clinton who wanted to pay down debt. Bush in 2000 ran on a tax cut but promised to preserve the surplus and pay down debt. We know that was never true. Even as the deficits mounted, the GOP accelerated their tax cuts.
So with such a clear historical record of fiscal irresponsibility and REPEATED attempts to sabotage debt paydown, why should ANYONE trust the GOP now? We can't write this off to some inability to do simple math. What's the deeper pathology?