Bill Clinton is credited with balancing the budget but he could only spend what came to him from the Republican House of Representatives. He was sent bills that did not blow out the debt. The Dems give Clinton credit for what the GOP did during his term in restraining spending.
We blew nearly the entire cost of the Iraq war on Obama's stimulus which did us about as much good as the war in Iraq. The war may have been misguided but the stimulus was either stupid or engineered to steer money to the administration's goals.