There has been a misunderstanding about government spending and deficits since President Obama was sworn in. Many people believe that Obama has not had enough time and that his first round of spending priorities is barely over. That is simply not true. The Fiscal Year 2009 budget proposal by Bush was never appropriated. Starting October 1, 2008, spending continued at the then current levels: H.R. 2638 H.R. 2638 allocated spending until March 6, 2009. President Obama and Congress then enacted spending according to H.R. 1105. Blaming Bush for 2009 spending increases is abjectly false.