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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

How to Lie With Budgets


One trick politicians use is to shift money from one budget line to another, and then boast about how much one line-item has been cut or how much the other has increased, as the case may be. It's like an alcoholic boasting about how much less beer he's drinking, without mentioning his newfound taste for whiskey.

Bush is a master at this kind of budget switcheroo. For example, he likes to boast, "we will double the number of people served by our principal job training program." But he doesn't mention that at the same time he's cutting every other job training program by even more.

In my weekly post on Angry Bear, I discuss how Bush seems to be doing pretty much the same with homeland security.

 
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