Look at 4 of the more influential particles of legislation in American history.
Now, look at the astronomically large bills passed by this congress.
(Hat tip to Nick Schultz)
Also interesting to note is the congressional approval rate of this current congress, especially when compared with congresses of yore.
Here's a helpful chart for that too!
As the hope of the right is that Obama will repeat the days of Carter & Reagan, so to the hope burns that this congressional election will be similar to the 1994 collapse of a democrat majority in Congress.