Let's be fair to GWB about spending.
Most of the increase in dollars of spending during his presidency was for old social and entitlement programs in effect already in 2000. Those programs increase automatically with population and inflation.
This is called mandatory spending because laws require it.
Spending had close to no growth during the Bush years EXCEPT for mandatory spending and defense/security spending.
GWB was a great president.
I would like to see some honest historians telling us about his greatness.