The White House hints that when it comes to dismantling the government services on which Americans depend to foster and protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the best is yet to come: The White House put government agencies on notice this month that if President Bush is reelected, his budget for 2006 may include spending cuts for virtually all agencies in charge of domestic programs, including education, homeland security and others that the president backed in this campaign year. Administration officials had dismissed the significance of the proposed cuts when they surfaced in February as part of an internal White House budget office computer printout. At the time, officials said the cuts were based on a formula and did not accurately reflect administration policy. But a May 19 White House budget memorandum obtained by The Washington Post said that agencies should assume the spending levels in that printout when they prepare their fiscal 2006 budgets this summer. That's funny - I must have missed this in the Bush campaign advertisements. Either that, or this is why so many of them show him promising that he has "a plan" but seem to run out of time before he can tell us what it is.


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