<![CDATA[As though he can't control the government, the Washington Post writes this lead about President Bush:
Confounding President Bush’s pledges to rein in government growth, federal discretionary spending expanded by 12.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, capping a two-year bulge that saw the government grow by more than 27 percent, according to preliminary spending figures from congressional budget panels.
The sudden rise in spending subject to Congress’s annual discretion stands in marked contrast to the 1990s, when such discretionary spending rose an average of 2.4 percent a year. Not since 1980 and 1981 has federal spending risen at a similar clip. Before those two years, spending increases of this magnitude occurred at the height of the Vietnam War, 1966 to 1968.
What liberal media? President Bush is directly responsible for this spending increase, because he defined the response to 9/11. He shouldn’t be let off the hook with word choices like “confounding” rather than “flaunting.” His promises have proven to mean absolutely nothing. He says what he thinks people want to hear and does what he damn well pleases.]]>