You had a first hand look at what would happen in 2009-2010. Massive increases in Gov't spending and even newer larger unsustainable gov't entitlements. That is a fact of life. Regardless of whether there is a super majority of Republicans or Democrats, whenever one party controls the system they get drunk on power. Gov't get's too big and intrusive. They don't want to loose power, so they promise things that can't be paid for or run effectively to buy votes. Gov't works best when it does the least and only provides us with necessary services. Since the 2011 elections, there has been political gridlock. As a consequence, gov't spending has not come down, but has not grown as rapidly. And not surprisingly the projections for the annual deficits have moderately improved.