No, the President has no intention of cutting the deficit in half by FY 2009, as he promised during the campaign.
No, physical production capacity is not the problem in the slow provision of updated armor for military vehicles in Iraq, as Secretary Rumsfeld told the troops yesterday. The factory could do another 100 vehicles a month (up from its current 450), has told the Pentagon that, and has never been told to speed up production.
Rumsfeld said the problem was “a matter of physics.” That was a mistake. It’s physically possible to put the new armor on, just as it would be physically possible to construct a prudent fiscal policy for the government.
For that matter, Mr. Rumsfeld and George W. Bush are presumably physically capable of telling the truth. They simply choose not to do so.