How do you tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican anyway?
From my point of view, we got in our current mess with the deficit because Republicans started acting like Democrats. They spent money like drunken sailors, on things like war and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. If the Republicans had behaved like true conservatives, they wouldn’t have passed a tax cut during a time of war (for the first time in American history). Meanwhile, Democrats are acting like Republicans, since Obama is willing to compromise on cutting Social Security and Medicare, he extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and has continuously cut taxes since becoming President.
So CSA is right. Compromise caused this problem because Republicans forgot they were supposed to be fiscally conservative, and they should pay for things as they go. Now, the deficit problem is getting worse because Democrats think they should behave like the Republicans who inherited a surplus and turned it into a growing deficit.