Judging the Budget as Though It Actually Mattered

The White House budget is a political exercise -- and seen that way, this year's budget looks smart.

The obsessive attention paid to White House budget proposals always reminds me of a Woody Allen joke: "I've worked everything out to the last detail. Now all I need is the main points." The effort expended on the administration's budget seems insane when you remember that the whole production is just a suggestion, and that Congress is the branch of government that says what taxes and spending will be. The separation of powers, if you will, is the main point.

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