President Bush never included the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his budgets but Mr Obama has inserted them. He is asking for $75 billion this year for both wars — on top of $40 billion already approved by Congress — and $130 billion in 2010. After that the two conflicts are being budgeted at $50 billion annually over the next several years.Funny, I haven't read any howls of rage from the Left over this. No doubt, they will simply blame Bush for getting the U.S. into it (a valid complaint to a degree, given that Iraq was a less than ideal second target), and give Obama a pass for simply "undoing the mess Bush created." Ah, the excuse that keeps on giving.
The budget contains plenty for the Right to become enraged over, too. A few samples:
- Nearly $4 trillion in overall spending
Includes $634 billion over the next ten years as a “down payment” on healthcare reform, paid for by tax increases on the wealthy, including lowering deductions for charitable contributions
Creates a budget deficit of between $1.75 trillion and $2.25 trillion for the coming year
Includes a “placeholder” request for $750 billion in further bailout funds for banking and car manufacturers
Increases the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 34 per cent over 2009