Re: Hmm, there is something not quite right with one of those sentences
In 1993, when Clinton came to office, the federal deficit was a bit more than $200bn. This changed into a surplus in 1998.
In 2001, when W Bush came to office, there was a federal surplus of around $100bn. This changed back into a deficit in 2002.
In 2009, when Obama came to office, it was a deficit of $1.4 trillion.
In 2017, after the world had gone to pot, the deficit was around $600bn.
By 2019 it was already $984bn.
Conclusion: the Republicans are fiscal conservatism in that they don't like the idea of change from a deficit to a surplus and will do anything they can to ensure it never happens again.