"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
"'It's going to cost whatever it's going to cost, and we're going to be wise about the money we spend,' Bush said a day after laying out an expensive plan for rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast without spelling out how he would pay for it."
Has similar rhetoric not been the mantra of this Administration in the "ways & means" of fiscal matters? With all due respect, Mr. President, rare is the instance in life when an individual "can have it both ways..."
I have not come to terms with the concept of those inside the beltway when it comes to strategies implemented during times of budgeting concern. For most Americans, when outflows come perilously close to exceeding inflows, it would be high time to stifle the outflows. However, once inside the beltway, spending another person's money, this is not the first perogative of those in government. The first, and, seemingly, only option excercised by those in power is to increase inflows via raising taxes. Why can our own leaders not reflect what most Americans find to be common sensical? Most Americans wold not seek a second revenue source, they would simply cut any additional, unnecessary spending.
As noted at Donkey Stomp, President Bush should be credited for not seeking to raise taxes; it would seem as though he learned this from his father who sealed his own fate by raising taxes. Though, President Bush should take fiscal responsibility in decreasing unnecessary spending. His inability to reject any congressional funding plan further blurs the line that divides the aisle between the left and the right when speaking in the realm of fiscal matters.