Will There Be Any Surplus Left To Argue Over?

On the campaign trail and in the Presidential debates, Republican George W. Bush is going all out to brand Vice-President Al Gore as the champion of intrusive Big Government. But if one measure of Big, Bad Government is runaway spending, maybe Bush ought to pay a little more attention to what his fellow party members are doing in Washington. In what some budget experts fear is the greatest collapse of budgetary discipline since the deficit-ridden 1980s, GOP lawmakers are joining Democrats to push through huge increases in discretionary programs. The result: Domestic spending could rise by $35 billion to $50 billion over the congressional budget resolution.

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