From the Department of the Blindingly Obvious
From Cursor a Chicago Tribune analysis piece headlined "Bush was big spender in early years."
Like a certain NOLA blogger pointed out a couple of YEARS ago, the article notes that "Bush spent at a pace that exceeded that of President Lyndon Johnson in the Great Society years" while further nothing his latest, highly selective hissy fits over earmarks are an indication "that Bush has applied a double standard during his presidency."
Next thing you know, the Trib will have a "breaking news" report that the sun will "set in a southwesterly direction" this evening.
Bush, like his conservative forebears, has NEVER actually wanted to CUT government. That would be so monumentally stupid that even he knows better. Their interest is not in cutting, but shifting: shifting spending as far as possible to the the economic elite, while shifting costs (i.e., taxes) as much as they can to the middle and working class. Which, when carried to perverse extremes, results in a $15 billion dollar a month budget for "war,", with no one really knowing how much of that is waste/graft/profiteering or whatever you want to call it (my personal guess is substantially more that 50 percent).
And, of course, it's not like things are getting any more stable in the Middle East or South Central Asia.
But hey, we're not talking about a $750 projection screen tv, so I guess there's no real outrage...