“… a masterpiece of disingenuous blame-shifting, dishonest budgeting and irresponsible governing…this isn’t credible … a problem far more serious than this administration acknowledges…having presided over record deficits, the administration now wants to claim credit if it manages to cut the bloated number in half… The goal shouldn’t be to cut the deficit in half; it should be to remedy the gap between what the government is spending and what it is taking in. To keep running up these deficits is to stick future generations with a tab they won’t be able to afford… a mirage…fuzzy math…distortion…reckless…”
As far as I can tell, no one not actually on the Bush payroll is even trying to defend this mess. [Update: Even Bruce Bartlett at National Review is poking holes in the math.] Perhaps some Congressional advocate of fiscal sanity could propose a resolution sending the budget back to the President and asking him to present an honest one instead. I repeat: this is a character issue.