How do you balance the federal government's budget? In his speech to the Democrat National Convention, Bill Clinton said you use math. At least that's how he said he did it, and then he explained the math of Obamacare and Medicare. So how are the ex-president's math skills? They're not so good. If he had a balanced budget for the last three years of his presidency, then why did the national debt increase by over $ 100 billion? That doesn't sound balanced to me.