I ask this because in the book Decision Points George W. Bush mentioned that before the 2006 mid-term elections how he had complained to Sen. Mitch McConnell about the amount of money that was being spent on PORK projects and the high spending in general. So if he had little to no control over congressional spending was President Bush really a progressive financially? I don't think he held as much influence over what went on in congress as President Obama did with a super majority in congress or even with how much influence Obama holds over the Democrat controlled Senate today. Plus, I don't think that congress under President Bush had a super majority of Republicans like Obama did during his first two years in office. I understand the President Bush had to sign the budgets but if there was enough support to override a presidential veto then it wouldn't matter if the president objected to a particular piece of legislation if congress did in fact veto it.
We can talk about the constitutionality of this or that piece of legislation under President Bush but the fact is he usually if not all of the time went to and garnered approval from congress so as to avoid going beyond his powers as President as defined by the Constitution. As bad as one may think Bush was with overstepping his presidential powers with regards to the war on terror Obama is much worse. In addition people need to ask themselves: After 9/11 what were people demanding? To feel safe, to be safe and to catch the terrorists who murdered 3000 innocents. After hearing the needs of the people President Bush responded in kind. Obama has trampled over the Constitution, bypassed the constitution, ignored the constitution, and abused his powers as President of the United States especially with regards to executive orders and instituting regulations via the various agencies. President Bush respected the constitution or at least tried to do the right thing according to the constitution while President Obama has no respect for, disregards the constitution and sees it as an obstacle to the powers he wishes he could have as president.
Here is a video on how congress and our President are steamrolling right over and refusing to respect the checks and balances that are in our constitution.
Here is a video on checks and balances.