CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush, still voicing concern about special project spending by Congress, signed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that funds the Iraq war well into 2008 and keeps government agencies running through next September.
Bush's signed the massive spending bill as he flew on Air Force One to his Texas ranch here to see in the new year. His signature on the legislation caps a long-running fight with the Democratic-run Congress.
"I am disappointed in the way the Congress compiled this legislation, including abandoning the goal I set early this year to reduce the number and cost of earmarks by half," the president said in a statement. "Instead, the Congress dropped into the bill nearly 9,800 earmarks that total more than $10 billion. These projects are not funded through a merit-based process and provide a vehicle for wasteful government spending."
"There is still more to be done to rein in government spending," Bush said. "In February I will submit my budget proposal for fiscal year 2009, which will once again restrain spending, keep taxes low, and continue us on a path towards a balanced budget. I look forward to working with the Congress in the coming year to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely."
That's not good enough Bush. You talked the game, but YOU signed it. You voiced disapproval, but when push came to shove, YOU signed it since you got what you wanted. You could have vetoed it.
To the democrats - YOU control congress. YOU promised fiscal restraint. This is YOUR bill. YOU spent this.
This is over a half a TRILLION dollars in spending, including 10 billion in earmarks. This is a bipartisan turkey of a budget and a Christmas gift from Washington tantamont to a lump of coal.
This stuff makes Matt Millen look almost competent.