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    he's topped it

    Does Trump mean that Obama administration had the more debt than any other administrations in American history?

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    Trump said that the "Obama administration, from the time they've come in, is over 230 years' worth of debt, and he's topped it."

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    Because of his fractured syntax, I think it is impossible to be certain what Trump meant.

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    People who don't understand how government indebtedness works find the large numbers involved frightening. One effective way to exploit this fear is to compare the numbers with other, seemingly (but not actually) related numbers. One of these numbers is a previous level of debt, expressed in absolute dollar terms, unadjusted for inflation or the size of the economy. Trump was referring to that number in his usual scattershot manner.
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    There was approximately $10 trillion dollars of debt before Obama took office. Now it is approaching $20 trillion. What he meant was that Obama added as much debt to the government as all of the previous Presidents combined.

    (Yes, dollars need to be adjusted for inflation. Nonetheless, it is an alarming amount of debt to add in 8 years.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jan-2017 at 22:30. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Mind you, that would exclude debt reduction and assume that it had only accumulated. However, I am not trying to detract from your excellent parsing of what he said.

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    Debt only accumulated. Annual deficits may have gone down, but we have added to the debt every year since a brief period of budget surpluses in the late 90s.

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    That is a real reduction though, however brief.

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