“The Obama Spending Surge”
The “Obama spending surge” isn’t actually real. Keep in mind that the budget for 2009 was laid out in 2008, and it basically entirely disappears. From 2010 onwards (budgeted for in 2009, Obama’s first year), aggregate federal government spending is basically flat. I hadn’t quite realized how clear the picture was, but it is a reminder that in addition to having no concrete policy proposals, the main Republican complaint about Obama is basically not real.