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Budget Disunion

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We said it didn't add up.

We also said George W. Bush was delusional for thinking he could have a war, tax cuts, and all kinds of fancy research all at once. Turns out he was planning a budget that pays for this stuff by cutting the growth of Medicare and education and policing programs, among other things. He's still delusional, though: just because you cut people's health care doesn't mean they don't get sick. When some people get sick and don't have insurance, prices go higher for those of us not on Medicare who may be paying the big doctor bills out of the "health savings accounts" the State of the Union also proposed. And the California budget's still not in a position to supplement much.

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