According to the New York Times, one of the Republicans evidently told Secretary Geithner, "We didn't create this mess."
The Times story included its own rather mild assessment:
Independent analyses have shown that more than half of the $14.3 trillion debt is from policies enacted during the past decade when Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, and much of the rest from lost revenues and stimulus spending and tax cuts since Mr. Obama took office at the height of the financial crisis and recession.
Okay, this needs to be hammered! Let's do the simple and stark analysis here: "over half" of the debt is from Repub policies and "much of the rest from lost revenues and stimulus spending and tax cuts since Mr. Obama took office." Those lost revenues and tax cuts are leftover detritus the Bush administration and the stimulus spending (some started under Bush) are virtually all that has kept the economy from a complete tank. This needs to be repeated and repeated these Republicans who are now yelling for cuts, cuts, cuts (but not cuts in war costs) are creators of this mess and their tax cuts for the rich are a big part of it.