I count fighting two wars as one of those things for which there was no choice. Both sides of the aisle wanted Medicare Part D; the only disagreement was over how much to fund it. Dems wanted more. No Child Left Behind signalled the beginning of federal takeover of public education; dems wanted it funded more heavily, still do. Lots of extra costs in Homeland Security, Katrina and 9/11.
I remind you that all spending bills start in the House which was run by the libs from 2007 on. Bush's budget was DOA upon printing. How much did the Dems reduce spending in those two last years of Bush? There's no high ground for you there either.
Tax rate cuts only do one thing--increase collections. Bush didn't govern as a conservative spender, He moved to the left of center fiscally; that was the compassionate in the compassionate conservative.
What caused the 12000 Djia, 6% mortgage rates and 5% unemployment? Bet you saw those as the half-empty glass...
First Iraq was a choice, Afghanistan was not. DHS has been a money pit from day one. The largest single growth of government ever. As for Medicare Part D, that expense estimate is spread over 10 years and much might not be on the books if Healthcare reform is addressed, NCLB, interesting program, some very good elements, some very bad elements. But let's come back to this in a moment.
As I have posted since I started talking here, dow 12000 has little to do with the economy. It has to do with 30 stocks and their daily trade. I have always focused on the foundation and even with 5% unemployment, we had issues than nobody on the right wanted to talk about. And 6% mortgage rates, while good for some things were only good in the big picture to generate a bubble. I didn't see it as a half empty glass, I saw it as the wrong glass to measure the health of the economy. Just hit search, you will see.
So, since YOU rationalized a part of the $5Trillion in Bush DEBT, does that make it OK? And if so, if someone is able to rationalize Obama debt in at least as articulate fashion as you just posted, that means that too is OK? If there is no choice, there is no choice. Correct?