(I'm going to regret this) I genuinely have to laugh every time the President talks about how little he's spent. This argument that the rate of spending increase is the smallest of any President is laughable for two reasons. First, every budget he has submitted has been so out to lunch that even when the Democrats owned both houses, they wouldn't pass one. As a result, we've been on a CR since he's been in office so spending is always going to be the baseline plus inflation. Second, the baseline being used for the start of his term was overly inflated by the ridiculousness of the Bush administration's spendy ways. I know it's fun for Democrats to say "GARRAHHGGHH BUSH DID IT TOO!!" but you miss the point entirely when you do that. It doesn't matter whose fault it is. The facts are our debt is unmanagably high, our deficits are unsustainable, projected entitlement spending are driving our debt, and the President's only plan to address these problems is to raise taxes and blame the previous administration. You never know. That strategy just might work.