OK, so I'm reading an article from a liberal think-tank about how horrible President Bush's proposed budget is, and all I can think is that these people are idiots.
Don't get me wrong--I think Bush and his cronies are about the worst thing to happen to this country in my lifetime. I also believe that the cuts Bush proposes are terrible, and just underscore his total disregard for anyone but his rich pals.
But I can't believe that nobody sees this for what it really is: Bush says that he's going to cover the cost of his expensive tax cuts and try to cut the deficit by cutting government spending. Then he proceeds to cut only from truly useful and necessary social programs, programs that are overwhelmingly popular with the supporters of his opponents--indeed with his opponents themselves.
The Republican-controlled Congress could pass his budget as-is, and get some "cut down big government, practice spending restraint" credit, if they have the votes. You're kidding yourself if you think any of those assholes give a shit about the poor or disadvantaged, and their constituents either don't either, or are too short sighted to realize that by voting for them they're voting against their own interests.
But what's going to happen is that Democrats are going to stand up for these social programs and against the tax cuts, the Republicans are going to give back a little on the social programs issue, then tack on a bunch of pork spending for their pals. The social programs will still wind up with less than now, but not as much less as Bush proposed, the budget will become hugely bloated, and the Republicans and White House will blame the bloat on "tax and spend" Democrats.
Then they can run home and point out how they saved social programs from Bush's axe. Bush, of course, has nothing to lose--he's not running again, and the memory of the American people is about two days. Because of that, his successor will run with a clean slate, except that he's following the guy who "kicked ass" in Iraq and "got me a tax cut."
If you ask me, that's what people should be reporting on.