Come On, Big Spender

Have you noticed that Bush is throwing around money like there's no tomorrow?

One of the reasons many of us supported George W. Bush for President in 2000 was his quiet but clear endorsement of the responsibility society. After the drift of the Clinton years, the new President seemed to be saying that he would not trivialize his responsibilities for personal pleasure or political expediency. And in many instances--especially the war on terrorism--he has more than lived up to this pledge.

But there is a glaring exception. It's a basic presidential responsibility, but we sometimes overlook it or think of it as an economic or technical matter rather than a profound moral one....

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