Does Bush's Budget Add Up?

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President Bush is on the stump again today in Detroit to push for reconstructing Social Security and the budget. The $2.5 trillion spending plan is advertised as reducing America's deficit, expected to reach $27 billion this year. But even some conservatives say it's more big government with different priorities for the next five years. While defense and homeland security spending increase, and domestic spending decreases, the deficit, they say, stays about where it is today. Will cuts in programs like Food Stamps, home heating assistance, Amtrak and farm subsidies survive in Congress? Why were the costs of Iraq, Afghanistan and restructuring Social Security left out? We get several perspectives from business reporters, experts on the budget and fiscal policy, and advocates for agriculture, the environment and the working poor.
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Secretary Rice's remarks at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques

President Bush 2006 budget proposal, Office of Management and Budget on

EWG's farm subsidy database

Gleckman's article on Bush's plans for balancing agenda, budget

Riedel on the President's budget proposal

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon on today's summit with Palestinian President Abbas

Secretary Rice on yesterday's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas



Warren Olney