Bush vs Obama: Deficit spendapalooza
From the Heritage Foundation:
"President Barack Obama has repeatedly claimed that his budget would cut the deficit by half by the end of his term....given that Obama has already helped quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package, pledging to halve it by 2013 is hardly ambitious."
"President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion."
"President Bush began a string of expensive financial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course."
"President Bush created a Medicare drug entitlement that will cost and estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new government health care fund."
"President Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. President Obama would double it."
"President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already increased this spending by 20 percent."
"President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President Obama would continue that trend."
"President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama's budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016."
Please know that Bush's numbers do include spending on Iraq and Afghanistan.