Perhaps it might possibly be computed just what slowly climbing out from the second greatest recession the history of this country might just play at least a part in possibly at least some 50% of that increased debt. And strangely enough, I am not one to totally blame the former administration of GW Bush for all of that recession, but his administration does warrant at least some of that blame at best.
It is going to take a fairly fortunate streak of luck, prudent cuts to government spending, and prudent tax increases to those that can afford such increases, to even bring things down to a zero level deficit, let alone ever even begin to chop away at the actual debt. And that is not going to be totally influenced by even a completely GOP run government, any more than a completely Democrat one. Sorry, but that is the truth of the situation.