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Uncle Sam Clearly Does Not Live on a Budget

The Mercatus Center’s Veronique de Rugy exposed, in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, many of the absurdities and dangers of Bush’s recently submitted budget — a $3.1 trillion monstrosity.

Must Uncle Sam really spend $10,333 annually for every man, woman, and child in America?

The opening paragraph of Vero’s excellent op-ed speaks volumes about the current occupant of the White House.

If President Bush’s budget for fiscal 2009 is approved in its current
form, U.S. government spending will have increased by more than $1.2
trillion since President Clinton left office; adjusted for inflation,
that’s a 35% increase. Bush has increased spending at three times the
rate Clinton did when he was president, and also has given us the
biggest defense budget since World War II — and that’s regularly
budgeted defense spending, not counting funding for the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.