The Bush debt explosion
Here's an illustration of how much money $4,899,100,000,000 is: if you spent a million dollars per day, it would take you 13,422 years to spend that much. That's more time than has passed since the dawn of agriculture. It's more than twice as long as humans have had writing.
Here's another: if the Bush debt increase were converted into a stack of one-dollar bills, the stack would be 327,000 miles high. This is almost one and a half times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
To put it yet another way, during Bush's Presidency the average American's share of the national debt rose from $19,093 to $35,423, an increase of $16,330.
And now, Obama's grotesquely-misconceived "stimulus" plan, rammed through Congress in a few days with little discussion or public comment, is going to cost another $787,000,000,000, all presumably added on to the debt. That's another 2,156 years of million-dollar-per-day spending, or another 52,500 miles added to the stack of dollar bills, or a further rise in the debt per person from $35,423 to $38,046.
It would be nice if the Republicans still had standing to object to this on the grounds of fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, given the track record of eight years in which Republicans held the Presidency and (mostly) Congress, any pretense that they still stand for that principle is ludicrous.