During the Reagan and Bush Administrations, but especially the most recent Bush Administrations, the GOP has supported the Republican Presidents' large budgets and spending (including earmarks) resulting in a larger Federal government, something that conservatives abhor. Now that a Democratic President has put forth a large spending budget, and the Federal government is Democrat-controlled putting the GOP in the minority and effectively out of power, the GOP makes very public dissident arguments and protests to the current spending bills and the budget, especially, and hypocritically, their loud criticisms of earmarks. The GOP now readily accepts responsibility for not controlling fiscal spending and government size while in power, and since having lost the November elections, seem to have learned their lesson. But, is this an attempt to undermine Democratic power to swing voters back to the GOP or, as Republican politicians have apologetically put it, have Republicans learned from the over-spending of the previous administrations and now, coincidentally, are putting their money where their mouths are? Is this a political plot or a more mature GOP? Or both?