Concerning "the dark days of the last year of Bush's term": It is generally forgotten that only Congress can spend money, and the Democrats won control of both Houses in the 2007 election. The worst Republican deficit, in 2006, was $160 billion, which was horrible. But, as Nancy Pelosi said in 2007, "We are back!" The 2007 deficit was $359 billion, and the 2008 deficit was $453 billion. In 2009, it was $1.6 TRILLION, and the Democrats project $1 trillion deficits as far into the future as the eye can see.