Bill Me Later

Once again, Washington chooses voodoo economics over responsibility

October is supposed to be the month of reckoning for the Federal Government, as a new fiscal year begins and the budget is hammered out. In the next four weeks, Congress and the Bush Administration must raise the federal debt ceiling to $3.1 trillion, find a way to reduce next year's deficit -- on paper at least -- to $110 billion, and scrounge for funds to finance the drug war, educational reform and cleanups of the HUD mess and even of the storm-ravaged South Carolina coast.

Faced with such unpleasant responsibilities, what did Washington do? Once again, it lost itself in...

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