It’s fashionable, of late, for the left to justify Obama’s run-away deficit spending by criticizing his predecessor George W. Bush’s deficit spending. And there’s some validity in that. Bush and Republicans overspent too and added significantly to the national debt.
But it’s worth keeping in mind that while Bush and Republicans were no paragons of thriftiness, Obama is in a class all his own.
The evidence is in this comparison worked up by Randall Hoeven:
ABush vs. Obama is like comparing a slow boat to national insolvency to a rocket ship to national insolvency, but the comparison is worthwhile just to illustrate how radical spending growth has been under Obama.