Republicans often like to tout how they are the "fiscally responsible party." They say that their party knows how to handle the budget. Most often times, they cite Ronald Reagan as being a great example of conservatism.
But when you actually look at the data, the exact opposite is true as far as budget deficit numbers are true.
Source: Congressional Budget Office
The years are color coded according to the party of the presidents.
As you can see, the years Reagan was President the budget deficit increased. As did under George H. Bush and his son, and Nixon and Ford.
Republicans, when you look at data like this what is your response?