Well for the country it is good news so I put opinion on the cult of personalities aside and enjoy the moment! ---------------- OK, that's more than enough time so here's the other shoe. They don't include unfunded items like the Social Security IOU's which add on another $600 bil to the deficit price tag. Now for the real kicker! What was the total Federal debt (no budget deficit) in 2004' and now what is it today? You just knew I was gonna crash and thrash the party didn't you? Forget the cult of personalities, ask the candidates what they intend to do about not only the deficit but what is the plan to start paying down the national debt. That IMO should be the key issue to everything because all the other issues don't prevail if the gov't has no means to pay for it. Think America, Think!