Via Kevin Drum, two lovely charts that show our budgetary realities. Above, Federal spending as a percentage of GNP. Below, Federal taxes as a percentage of GNP. You can see that measured this way spending has been basically flat while taxes have gone down quite a bit. The uptick in the spending graph around 2009-2011 was mainly due to economic contraction, not increased spending; spending went up only a little. The debt is certainly rising but that is basically because nobody cares; Obama worked hard to make an increase taxes/cut spending deal, but really neither Republicans nor Democrats wanted it and since he left the scene everybody has said damn the debt, full speed ahead on spending increases and tax cuts.