Here is a roster of information and “FY 2008 Budget Fact sheets” that the Executive Branch has assembled to support the President’s Annual Budget Request:
Link to all Fact Sheets
please note that all of the following hyperlinks are to pdf files
War on Terror
State and International Programs
Space and Science
I need to digest some of this material before commenting in depth, but I have spent a lot of time in the downtown coffee shop in Bartlesville, Oklahoma talking about basic check book realities with some of the Sooner State’s old time conservatives.
They would tell you that you can’t wage serious wars on the scale we are doing and then not either cut spending elsewhere or raise taxes.
These folks really dislike taxes — but they understand the need for some government. However, they don’t buy the combination of building a larger US military force which the President has called for; resupplying the troops with armor, supplies, and new weapons; possibly broadening the wars simultaneously underway in Iraq and Afghanistan to include Iran and Syria and then talk about “never raising taxes.”
For some of these conservatives, their perception of the welfare state is anathema, but so too is out of control spending on the Pentagon — spending that the Chinese government is financing by buying our debt.
— Steve Clemons