For all the crap Bush takes about spending by Dems, Independents, Repubs, the media...
in reality he spent less than most or all of his cohorts since '71 (yes, "W").
Looking back 40 years, there have been 20 sessions of congress. All four associated with Bush are in the top 8, along with 2 of Nixon's and 2 of Clinton's. The big spenders were of course Reagan and Bush Sr., who occupy the bottom 8 along with 1 each from Clinton and Obama.