If so, the freeze will be locking in the excesses of the Bush years when Republicans controlled both or one house of Congress. Among their "accomplishments" after inheriting a budget surplus of $236 billion:
- Bush and the GOP expanded the federal budget by some $700 billion.
- Bush launched two expensive wars in which we remain mired.
- Bush started the bailouts of the financial industry.
- Bush and the GOP presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the federal debt.
Where were today's Republican advocates (like see-no-Republican-evil-Bob) of fiscal restraint when President Bush ran up the red ink adding more debt than all previous presidents and leaving us with a financial crisis worse than any since the Great Depression. If you want to place blame for deficits, debt, and our struggling economy, look first in the mirror, Bob.