One of the best papers analysing the US spending, deficits and debt issues over historical perspective (link here to the older version and to latest version, published this month in Economic Affairs, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 97-101, 2012).
Two charts from the paper:
I have done analysis of deficit / debt dynamics by Presidential Administration ( see link here ) and ehre's a chart from zerohedge on Federal deficits, spending and revenues (click to enlarge):
The above chart puts to rest the assertions made in the media that Bush Jr Administration was more profligate in spending than Obama Administration. Furthermore, as per evidence shown in my note (see link above), the above clearly shows that the current Administration is burning through deficits at a rate not once witnessed since the end of the World War 2.