Patriot Act was significantly more limited in scope. Tacitly supporting Step One of a federal expansion (during wartime I might add) does not obligate me to support steps 4-10. The NSA surveillance program is dramatically more intrusive than Patriot ever was (you're already monitored, sans warrant). Of course we oppose it. Why is anybody standing up for it, is the real hypocrisy.
Yeah, that's our stupid two-party politics at play for sure. Look at how the Republicans fucking loved Bush for the Patriot Act and similar stripping away of the rights of the people for the sake of more power for the government. But now that Obama's doing it and furthering it, many of those same guys are calling bullshit and saying it's unconstitutional.
At some point, somewhere on the equation, we have to look at spending as a contributor to debt. I mean, you can attribute WHY there's spending to whatever you want, but seriously. This is kindergarten math. If you have ten apples, you can't give away fifteen. That's not Bush's fault.
He'd be wrong to blame Bush for the entirety of the growing debt, but he's not wrong that some of it does fall at the feet of the previous administration. All those shitty laws and deregulations that caused the economic meltdown don't just go away overnight, so the effects of those that remain can still be partly blamed on the previous administration. However, the lion's share of the blame falls on the both sides of Congress, both the obstructionist Republicans and the worthless Democrats who just whine about the opposition being obstructionists rather than trying to work with or around them. They're both just sitting there saying "nope, won't work with the other side, fuck 'em," so nothing gets done due to the split Congress. Thus, this one falls under the "bullshit two-party politics" label as well, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.