Dubbya took office in January 2001. When he took over the White House, he had a budget surplus (!), a strong economy and a Republican controled congress. And by that summer, we were in the middle of the Dot-Com bust and the first of our financial difficulties under Dubbya's watch.
Remember when Enron and World Com took a dump? I do. I was doing a lot of work for cell phone companies at the time and was shortly thereafter unemployed for the next 6 months. And when I finally did find a job, I was hired as an Engineer for less than $30k a year and had a 70 mile commute each way. Yeah, good times!
So by late summer, after Bush & Co. ignored intelligence briefings for several months we got 9/11, then the real fun started. From a Republican President and Congress, we got more new government expansion and spending since FDR. We got the Patriot Act, Patriot Act II, Homeland Security, etc.
Then for the first rational move of his administration, we went after those who attacked us in Afghanistan (we ignored the Saudis though). And almost as soon as we started making progress, we decided to divert resources from Afghanistan and instead attacked Iraq based on made up intelligence. But in Dubbya's defense, Saddam did say bad things about Poppa Bush, so I guess we really were justified.
From then until 2006, Bush & Co. spent more and more of our $$$ and got less and less in return until finally the American people got fed up enough to vote some incumbents out of office. We got a Democrat controlled congress and Bush got a scape goat.
Now, we've got a big mess to clean up, Dubbya's looking forward to playing cowboy on his ranch and making some Slick Willy $$$ doing speeches, his oil buddies are making money hand over fist, and we're trying to figure out how to keep our homes warm this winter.
Blame the Democrats if you want, but we've been getting the short end of the stick for longer than the last 2 years.