Not the same policies. Even WE believe GW Bush overspent. That's why we want fed govt spending below where it was from '03 to '08. And way below where Obama has it.
You Obama-bots enjoy telling us about the historic set of circumstances that The Boy King had, all the while ignoring (and your post does this very well) the economic effects of 9/11 and the burst of the dotcom bubble.
Lets go back to the capitalism that grew America for 200 yrs.
Nobody is "giving more money to the rich". And yes, lets cut the social programs that have ballooned out of control and, instead, give those folks a paying job in a growing economy.
Its not that hard. Really.