Bush Unveils Record-Busting $3T Budget

Critics on both sides immediately pounce on 'irresponsible' plan
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 3:18 PM CST
President Bush, center, hold a laptop computer showing the electronic version of the fiscal 2009 Federal Budget, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, during a meeting with members of his cabinet in the Cabinet Room...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As expected, President Bush unveiled a record-busting $3.1 trillion federal budget plan today. It met fierce opposition from congressional Democrats—as well as some Republicans, reports the New York Times. Harry Reid called the budget “fiscally irresponsible and highly deceptive, hiding the costs of the war in Iraq while increasing our skyrocketing debt."

Bush insists the budget will keep the US safe and wealthy, despite the mounting deficits built into his plan. "We are now on a path to balance the budget by 2012," he said today. But high defense spending, education cuts, and Bush's lame-duck status make the budget unlikely to clear the Democratic-controlled Congress.