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Can Bush dodge the deficit?

Just a week after the official start of George W. Bush's second term, some interesting figures have emerged that I'm sure were held captive until after the inauguration to dodge as many political bullets as possible.

Senior White House officials have released federal budget deficit projections for this year, and the numbers are record-setting.

The Republican-run federal government plans to spend $427 billion more than it plans to receive this year.

Maybe there's something wrong with my thinking, but that math seems a little off.

It strikes me as odd that during the Bush, Jr. Presidency, the government went from having the first budget surplus in 40 years -- one so large no one knew how to spend it -- to having the largest deficit in history.

In English, for those of you who don't speak politics, that means the government trimmed the fat until they made more money than they spent during the Clinton years to now spending way more than they make under George W. Bush.

That is utter foolishness.

Every kindergartner knows if you don't have a quarter, you can't buy a piece of bubble gum. That simple truth is something that escapes the leadership in both houses of Congress and the White House.

And they don't understand it to the point that they want to continue cutting a huge source of revenue, taxes, while they fight two simultaneous wars and harbor plans for invasion of a half-dozen other hot sandy countries under the guise of freedom.

All that tickles the voter's ear. Spread democracy. Cut taxes. It's rhetoric that gets them elected.

We need to wake up. Those same voters who enjoy having their ears tickled today -- and the rest of us who don't -- will pay heavily for decades because of the current spending habits of the president and congress.

Does all this seem familiar? It should. After 12 years of Reagan and Papa Bush, the deficit was so huge that it helped devastate the economy. History is repeating itself.

Baby Bush supposedly has a plan to halve the deficit by 2009.

Had he been a good steward, there wouldn't be a deficit now would there?

As I stated, he was handed the first surplus in decades when he took office the first time.

He flushed it down the toilet then spent billions to invade Iraq.

And it's a war that has no connection to Al Qadea, and no promised weapons of mass destruction.

It's a war that has sadly seen thousands of casualties, all because the president wanted to finish the job his daddy couldn't.

And just for the record, the Bush administration didn't pay me to write this column.

Web posted on Thursday, February 3, 2005


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