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Bush being called out by his Republican cronies in Washington.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$HYRVBJHV5TTXHQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2004/01/23/wbush23.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/01/23/ixworld.html

Bush under fire over 'runaway spending'
By Alec Russell in Washington
(Filed: 23/01/2004)


President George W Bush is facing mounting anger from the conservative Right who accused him of letting government spending run out of control.

Forty Republican Congressmen have formed a rebel group committed to curbing federal spending.


George Bush: waiting for a thumbs up for his 'pork projects'
The move followed an attack on Mr Bush and the Republican-dominated Congress by six conservative think-tanks and pressure groups in Washington over the surge in spending projects.

They range from health care reforms costing $400 billion (£217 billion) signed into law last December to his attempt to send man back to the Moon.

The six organisations accused the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress of spending like "drunken sailors" and criticised Mr Bush for failing to rein them in.

"The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto," said Paul Weyrich, the chairman of one group, Coalitions for America.

The federal deficit reached $374 billion (£203 billion) at the end of the last fiscal year on Sept 30. New figures next month are expected to project a deficit of $480 billion (£260 billion) in 2004.

A huge surplus was predicted when Mr Bush took office three years ago but the White house blames the swing on the cost of fighting the war against terrorism.

The Right's fury has been compounded by the details of a vast spending bill laden with an array of "pork barrel" projects shocking even by the blatant vote-buying standards of congressional politics.

The omnibus appropriations bill for 2004 was blocked by Democrats with some Republican support last year but was expected to be passed last night in good time for the campaigns for November's congressional elections.

"Members of Congress used to be ashamed about pork projects. They are now proud about bringing home the bacon. They see it as their job," said Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think-tank.

"Republicans are dedicated to staying in power. The quest for re-election dominates all else. There are more than 8,000 pork projects in this bill, the most of any in the history of Congress."

Mr Bush's administration says the bill increases expenditure by only three per cent and in his State of the Union address he said the 2005 budget would keep the rise to four per cent.

But the Heritage Foundation disputes the figures for this year, calculating that the increase is nearer to nine per cent and concluding that the past few years appear to have been the fastest-growing period of government spending since the 1960s.
 

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Liars figure, and figures lie...I don't know who to believe. I DO know that Bush AND Congress need to curtail their spending. Too bad there is not a viable candidate out there to keep him in check with this spending.
 

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I think he is about to call for a "spending freeze" in the next couple of days to take care of those rabid conservative republicans.

That way, come election day, he can tell the American public, "I know spending increased 10% this year, but I told them to stop it. It wasn't my fault!" - George W. "I've never vetoed a spending bill" Bush
 
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