Bush's "Exercise in Modesty"

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bush's "Exercise in Modesty"

Last week, Republican Congressman Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said the new Bush budget “will only set off another frenzy” of federal spending and congressional earmarks.

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake wrote that the sharp rise proposed by Bush’s new defense budget “continues programs and practices that have been made obsolete by technology, innovation and field experience.”

But there are still some conservatives who are happy to drink the kool-aid. Consider what Pete Sepp, vice president of the National Taxpayers Union, said about the new Bush budget:
"The president's latest budget is an exercise in modesty."
Yes, the president was so modest that he declined to fully account in his new budget for the rising costs for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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