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May 19, 2003
Money and Guns

Republicans spend a lot of money. More than Democrats.

And even when they spend less there are some groups always sure of getting a big chunk. For instance, the military never has to worry. There's no money for Head Start programs, but let's by all means give the DoD a few hundred billion to make an extra bomb or two.

The 2004 budget resolution is $784.7 billion. The military and "national security" are getting $400B of it.

For what it's worth, this means Republicans are having their own budget woes, as their "party loyalty" (i.e., The Bush Party) is put into direct conflict with their own political survival.

The House recently passed legislation calling for a $2.2 billion increase in what was approved in 2003 for educating disabled students, and at this point, it is not clear where that money will come from.

This "special education" account traditionally has had strong Republican support. It has been a key component of "compassionate conservatism." On a more practical level, much of the money goes to school districts in suburban areas that are a base of Republican political support.

Bush doesn't care, it seems pretty clear that his idea of a federal government is a force that keeps a standing army and doesn't have the power or money to do much else, but in Congress, those hoping to get re-elected care deeply, no matter which side of the aisle they're on.

This confirms the power of the military in Washington.

The Senate and House are poised this week to rush through bills approving the Bush administration's plan to spend more than $400 billion on military programs, with only one or two days of debate on measures that would consume nearly 20 percent of the federal budget.
Twenty percent of the budget, and there's only a day or two of debate?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:52 AM