That's absolutely right Joe Palermo. I lived through that decade and it sucked. The UC system won't recover for another decade after that $1.6bn cut it sustained in 2009.
This is exacerbated by:
(1) Stupid fools who just want to win and think that they can get mileage from hating on a black president.
(2) A media "debate" about "bipartisanship." Compromise after compromise comes from the Democrats, while the GOP digs in its heels.