Michael Kinsley has written one of his best columns ever, Losing on the Bush Diet:
Suppose you had a friend who was grossly overweight for years but lately had been looking very trim. Suddenly, though, he puts on 30 or 40 pounds and is waddling around like his old porcine self. He explains that he’s found a marvelous new diet: “You eat like a pig and stop exercising until you get so fat that you just have to lose weight.” Would you say that your friend is kidding himself?
And if your friend went on to complain that he was getting fat because other people were eating too much, and that this diet was the only way to stop these other people from putting those unsightly pounds on him, would you think his self-delusion was becoming clinical? Or would you start to suspect that the joke is on you?
Yet this is essentially the logic adopted by the Bush administration and the Republican congressional leadership to rationalize turning the federal budget surplus back into huge deficits.
Go read. Get mad at stupid Republicans. YEAH!