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January 22, 2004

Rightwing Trashes SOTU

A lot of discontent on Bush's pandering on budget issues-- making noises about fiscal discipline while handing out goodies to help his reelection. The rightwing doesn't emphasize the role of the tax cuts in breakng the budget, but this Heritage Foundation memo is pretty scathing on Bush spending:

Spending has increased twice as fast under President Bush as it did under President Clinton. From 2001 to 2003 total spending grew by 16 percent. Certainly the terror attacks of 9/11 placed additional demands on spending for homeland security, a strong defense, and rebuilding New York. However, this accounts for less than half of the new spending that has occurred since 9/11.
You've got to wonder when the "small government right" will recognize that they've been taken by their supposed corporate allies. Big corporate power loves large government, as long as that government is handing out defense contracts, subsidies to pharmaceutical companies, and energy pork barrel.

Posted by Nathan at January 22, 2004 09:31 AM