Friday, January 23, 2004

It's About Time: Now Bush wants to control federal spending. According to The Washington Times, the president will limit the growth of all discretionary spending -- that's not related to defense or national security -- to 1 percent.

I just wonder whether this is enough to rein in deficits, considering the recent expansion of Medicare entitlements and the continued pork-barrel spending. If Bush were serious about controlling the budget, he'd crack down on Congressional earmarks.

But limiting discretionary spending to 1 percent growth is going to be tough enough for him. It will be interesting when Congress continues its "drunken sailor" routine. Then Bush will face a prospect of either backing down or threatening to veto a Republican Congress.

This is going to be one dandy of an election year.

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