Monday, February 07, 2005

An Austere Budget?

I do not think that word means what you think it means.

We need a new exclamation point. One that denotes: "This is funny, laugh now". Our new punctuation mark could go after sentences like these two from Senator John McCain:

With the deficits that we're now running, I'm glad the president is coming over with a very austere budget.

I hope we in Congress will have the courage to support it.

The "austere" budget to which McCain refers is a 2.5 trillion dollar plan that still manages to run up 487 billion in new debt this year. It is part of a FIVE year plan to get that 487 billion dollar deficit down to a measly 245 billion dollars (per year) by 2009. Why 2009? Standard presidential trick. President Bush will no longer be in office in 2009 and will, therefore, not be held accountable.

It is rare that Tolles and I agree on something. I suspect we agree on the outrageousness of this. Can middle east peace be far behind?

Your reward for reading past the jump? Here is a bonus bit from the NYTs:
Agriculture Department officials said Mr. Bush's proposals would cut federal
payments to farmers by $587 million, or about 5 percent, next year and would
save $5.7 billion in the coming decade.

587 million dollars, huh? Well, that takes care of about 1/766th of the problem. Only 99.87% of the problem to go.


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