Yglesias Award Nominee

"Maybe that's because right-wing, knuckle-dragging Republicans like myself took over Congress in 1994 promising to balance the budget and limit Washington’s power. We were a nasty breed and had no problem blaming Bill and Hillary Clinton for everything from the exploding federal deficit to male pattern baldness. I suspected then, as I do now, that Hillary Clinton herself had something to do with 'Love, American Style' and 'Joanie Loves Chachi.' And why not blame her? Back then, Newt Gingrich felt comfortable blaming the drowning of two little children on Democratic values. Hell. It was 1994. It just seemed like the thing to do," - Joe Scarborough, in the Washington Monthly, on the early seeds of today's conservative implosion. Still, at least, back then, Republicans believed in balancing the budget. Since 2000, they have added over $20 trillion to the debt the next generation will have to pay - more than double the unfunded liabilities they inherited.