There are several sources who make this argument. First, Getting the Facts Straight — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities In fairness to Bush and the Republicans, the tax cuts were supposed to expire over the next few years, so one could argue extrapolating tax cuts that were supposed to expire should not be attributed to Bush. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a left-leaning institution. However, there are others who are not left-leaning who have made this same argument. First is David Walker, who was Comptroller under Bush, and who has been warning Americans of the dire fiscal straights the country will be in if it does not deal with the entitlements from social security and Medicare. In a recent interview, he said that Bush cut taxes three times. The first tax cut may have been okay, but the second and third tax cuts were reckless. He also called Bush the "biggest spending President in the history of the republic." You can hear this interview here. After Financial Ruin, Plotting America's 'Comeback' : NPR Paul Kasriel is a noted economist with Northern Trust, one of the few who warned about the dangers of the housing bubble when most economists had their heads buried in the sand. Kasriel confirms what Walker states regarding spending. Kasriel notes that when comparing Bush with Obama before any new initiatives Welcome to Welling@Weeden Now this is before any new Obama programs. Including the new Obama programs, the deficit will be higher than it otherwise would be. Greg Mankiw's Blog: CBO on the President's Budget For certain, Obama's program will exacerbate the deficit, and all new programs should be paid for. But as for the responsibility of where we are now, that lies with the prior administration.