President spends like crazy for 7 years, cynically tells the democratic congress they they are fiscally irresonsible in 8th in order to improve his position in the public eye.
Don't you wish headlines said what they really meant?
"Chris Edwards of Cato says federal outlays, when adjusted for inflation, have increased faster under Mr. Bush than under any president since Jimmy Carter. “When he gives speeches now, you hear him bashing the Democrats on overspending,” Mr. Edwards said. “It sounds ridiculous, because we know he’s a big spender.”
"Historians say there is nothing like a good spending fight with Congress to boost a president’s sagging fortunes. When Republicans shut down the government in late 1995, Mr. Clinton emerged the winner. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that, with just 16 months left in office and his approval ratings still crushed by the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush is putting up his fiscal dukes."
Is the president a criminal? Nah. Is he a pig? Yeah.
“If he was interested in fiscal discipline, he should have started $3 trillion ago,” said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus."
In Shift, Bush Emerges as a Budget Warrior
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
New York Time, September 22, 2007