Enjoyed the essay, but a glaring error about the end of Bill Clinton's 2 terms. You state that the debt was paid off, but the fact is thet there were budget surplusses in the final years of the Clinton administration, which provided money to pay against the National Debt, but the National Debt then was about 3 Trillion Dollars. ( It was about 2 Trillion at the end of Reagon's 2 terms ). I enjoy the weekly essays. rayfitz.