Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Budget director gymnastics

From It Affects You:

White House budget director Joshua Bolten should be a contender for Atrios' "Wanker of the Day" based on this:

Describing why costly items were left off the budget:

"The budget went to bed . . . before the president's proposals were announced."

Or sometimes:

"But, it wouldn't be responsible for us to take a guess at what those costs are."

In the same briefing, describing why proposals which add revenue or reduce costs were added to the budget (and the amounts guessed):

"Well, the budget is the right place to present the entirety of the president's policies, so all of his proposals are reflected in there."


Why not just call their budget scripture and cut to the chase?


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