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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bush celebrates Democratic victory by promoting fiscal conservatism

Laugh or cry? The sheer cartoonishness of this administration still amazes me sometimes, although I'm not sure if it's because they actually come up with retarded stuff like this or because it still goes mostly unnoticed. The latest jawdropper has the president who's outspent every administration in the nation's history calling for a little fiscal discipline. An just as his party loses control of the purse strings-- what a coincidence!

"When you decide how to spend your paycheck, you have to set priorities and live within your means. Congress needs to do the same thing with the money you send to Washington," Bush said in the Saturday address to the nation.

"And one of the best ways we can impose more discipline on federal spending is by addressing the problem of earmarks," he said in the radio address.

Earmarks, the President explained, are spending provisions that are often slipped into bills at the last minute, so they never get debated or discussed.

"It is not surprising that this often leads to unnecessary federal spending -- such as a swimming pool or a teapot museum tucked into a big spending bill. Over the last decade, the Congressional research service reports that the number of earmarks have exploded, increasing from about 3,000 in 1996 to 13,000 in 2006," Bush said.

"I respect Congress' authority over the public purse, but the time has come to reform the earmark process and dramatically reduce their number. Reforming earmarks is the responsibility of both political parties," he said.