Let’s be clear, the Raelians and those interested in human-cloning research seek to create human life through a process of human cloning that a vast majority of Americans clearly oppose. The threat presented to us by the Raelians is one that should refocus our attention on the immediacy of passing a permanent and comprehensive ban on all human cloning.
The only threat the Raelians present to anyone is to their own credibility.
President Bush will sign legislation this week setting a 2003 budget that raises federal spending by 7.8 percent over last year, capping a remarkable two years in which the federal budget increased by 22 percent.
Although Bush has made controlling spending a recurring theme in recent months, the $791.5 billion spending bill for 2003 that he plans to approve by Thursday night will be one for the record books. The 2003 rate of discretionary spending increases — the part of the budget subject to Congress’s annual oversight — will be the second-fastest since 1985. It is topped only by the 2002 increase, which included the government’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Seven-point-eight percent? Twenty-two percent? Remember when you said this, Mr. Bush:
We must work together to fund only our most important priorities. I will send you a budget that increases discretionary spending by 4 percent next year — about as much as the average family’s income is expected to grow. And that is a good benchmark for us. Federal spending should not rise any faster than the paychecks of American families.
What happened here? Am I missing something? Am I reading about different budgets? Everett Dirksen is rolling in his grave.
Mr. Greenspan spoke today, and here is what he had to say:
He characterized as “sobering” recent budget estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget, which forecast deficits well through the balance of the decade.
“It is necessary to extend budget enforcement rules promulgated in the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990,” he said. “I am concerned that, should the enforcement mechanisms not be restored, the resulting lack of clear direction and constructive goals will allow in-built political bias in favor of growing budget deficits to again become entrenched.”
The rules set in place under the Budget Enforcement Act, which was passed to restrain spending, expired in the House last September. They were partly extended in the Senate through mid-April of this year.
Mr. Greenspan said that while there seems to be a “large and growing constituency” for holding down the deficit, “I sense less appetite to do what is required to achieve that outcome.”
Translation: Congress is a bunch of tax and spend REPUBLICANS. Or to borrow a term from the left- BORROW AND SPEND REPUBLICANS.
Ted Barlow has some good links up about the bloated piece of crap known as the Bush budget proposal.
This budget is scandalous, and the Dems could have the high ground if they didn’t have 9 million issues they wanted to spend MORE money on. The best comment from Ted’s links actually comes from Mark Kleiman (who I have just added to the permalinks):
The good news is that the bad news is finally getting through. I got a phone call last night from a hard-core conservative friend, now doing a non-political job in Washington that puts him face-to-face with the budget numbers. “I hate to say it,” he said, “but these people are completely out of control.”
Yep- and they will have to be held accountable if they do not regain some control. Soon.
Howie Kurtz has the GOP pegged on this one: