Umm...I was complaining loudly and vociferously. I have said that many times Bush and the Republican Congress were spending like drunken Sailors.
I know you were too so why aren't you screaming about the spending now?
Not all spending is the same.
If you have general spending that runs up debt like we had in the past Administration, that suggests fiscal irresponsibility. If you have targeted spending, like TARP, Auto Bailout or the Stimulus package that have specific goals to fix something broken then that is not considered fiscally responsible. It is still deficit spending which is bad but it is not irresponsible.
A more modest analogy would be two families. One family uses the family credit card for everything, eating out, DisneyWorld, DVDs, big screen TVs, cell phones for the kids, and run up massive credit debt over a long period of time. Everyone would consider that fiscal irresponsibility.
The second family also has a credit card, but only uses it for emergencies, when Dad goes through the glass patio window and requires three weeks in ICU, and insurance doesn't cover everything and he is off work for a few months. It still runs up debt but it is to bail out a significant specific financial issue that had to be addressed.
Nobody is happy with a $3.4T budget. Nobody wanted TARP or the Stimulus Package. But a good bunch of folks looked at the alternatives and determined that they were the best of a bad group of options. And sometimes you just have to suck it up and make that group of choices. This has been one of those times in life.
It took a bunch of years to get here, if we had paid attention, we would not be here but we are. We will start screaming as soon as we see things that are not realistic responses to fixing the current economic mess. Many of us did during Clinton regarding NAFTA and we didn't want Gramm, Leach, Bliley signed at all; so we will do it again should it be required.