Im Not from the US, But from my understanding you have to go back to wilson era to have a real spending debate between democrats and republicn presidents. Under Roosevelt era, Public Debt reach 110% the US GDP and nobody seems to say anything about that. Its seem to me that debt only matter when a Republican is the president. Also Both Reagan and Roosevelt had no other choice but to go on deep debt because both where resolve to win their respective wars (which they do). Also, under Bush presidency and with 2 wars the Public debt grew less than 15% in 8 years. But with Mr Obama the Public debt has grow over 30% in less than 4 years. Im not saying that Obama is a bad president or Bush was a good one. Im just saying that Reagan was right when he said that Government is not the solution of the problems. Government is the problem. Poiting fingers at this point in history is worthless. But maybe Im wrong and sorry for my english.