so, talk spending-- i'd like to see actual spending year on year divided out by discretionary and mandatory. (not sure if CBO has published the numbers yet, though.) of course, then you'd still need to take into consideration whom voted for what-- for instance, how do you approportion "blame" if a particular vote was bipartisan?
which goes back to the original point: it's a hell of a lot more complex than saying "dems got their hands on the checkbook". saying that effectively absolves republicans of any responsibility for the debt/deficit.