The wackiest part of Bush’s budget–and something that few of the major media seemed to call him on–was his circumvention of what a budget is.
If you happened to notice, the President provided a detailed, itemized proposal to spend $2.4 trillion dollars. Then separately, he added his intention to spend an additional $50 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Isn’t a budget defined as an accounting, all in one place, of everything you plan to spend? (Personally, I don’t ever remember going to the grocery store, having the cashier quote me a final sale, and then being told that the cookies and the bananas were going to cost extra.)
However, I think I understand what’s behind this “piece-meal” strategy: The reason is, the entire budget this year is going to defense:
The 7% Defense Department increase is defense. The extra $6 billion for Homeland Security is defense. The boost for the Justice Department is defense. The 6% NASA increase is defense. The defense of marriage act is defense. (And what about the extra $60 million to the FDA? It’s to protect the safety of the food supply.)
I guess, when you break it down, apocalyptic paranoia can get pretty expensive.