Take a deep breath ladies and gentlemen, because we’re about to get up to our noses in pure bullshit. Bush and Congress have been fighting again as they go back and forth about new spending bills. It’s like tennis, only with human lives at stake.
Bush vetoed a $606 billion bill to fund education, labor, and health programs. His reasoning was that it spent $10 billion more than he wanted. Remember that number.
“The majority was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, but so far it’s acting like a teenager with a new credit card,” Bush said in his speech here. “This year alone, the leadership in Congress has proposed to spend $22 billion more than my budget provides. Now, some of them claim that’s not really much of a difference — the scary part is, they seem to mean it.”
As ironic as it is to hear the President who has continually pumped money into a war that may eventually cost us $3.5 trillion talk about Congress not comprehending the value of $22 billion, it gets worse.
A spending bill that DID pass was for the Department of Defense (surprise!). This $459 billion bill is almost a 10% increase over the Pentagon’s budget last year. This $459 billion is only for the Pentagon and NOT for the wars we are currently waging in Iraq or Afghanistan. While $459 billion also contains what Bush considers “unnecessary spending” (his reason for vetoing the education-health bill), he decided to pass it anyway. It gets worse (again).
He is asking for $196 billion more for war funding alone. Remember that $10 billion that he said was too much for education and health programs?
“With today’s veto, the president has shown once again how out of touch and out of step he is with the values of America’s families,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “Cancer research, investments in our schools, job training, protecting workers and many other urgent priorities have all fallen victim to a president who squanders billions of dollars in Iraq but is unwilling to invest in America’s future.”
However, Democrats have vowed not to be bullied any longer by the President. The House of Representatives approved a bill to give Bush $50 billion for war funding, slightly over a quarter of his request, with the stipulation of an included timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. If Bush were to veto this, as he has indicated that he would, he would not get the $50 billion in war funding.
“He damn sure is not entitled to having this money given to him just with a blank check,” Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrats’ Senate leader, told reporters. “Americans need someone fighting for them taking on this bully we have in the White House,” he said.
So to recap, Bush is harshly criticizing Congress for spending too much on education and health while attempting to exponentially increase the amount of money spent on an already costly war that 70% of the nation doesn’t approve of. How is this guy still in office? Better cover your eyes, because I have a feeling the amount of bullshit is only going to rise before this is all through.
Bush Veto Sets Up Clash on Budget – [Washington Post]
Democrats vow not to be bullied by Bush on Iraq – [Reuters]
Bush uses sixth veto to reject health-labor bill – [Reuters]
Democrats forecast $3.5 trillion in war costs – [Reuters]
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