$1.2 TRILLION FOR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION COSTS?
No, no, a thousand times no.
When the budget was released, of course the Dems were going to jump all over this once it was discovered. Why? Costs weren't being properly controlled. President Bush must remember that the Republicans are the cost-cutting party when it comes to domestic policy. It might feel right to offer prescription benefits for Medicare recipients, but in this case the costs are far too high.
I would suggest looking at a much smaller outlay for prescription drugs... say, zero dollars. Congressional Republicans must stand firm to cut costs. Send this budget back to the President with "Revise Immediately" stamped all over it in bright red letters. Attention Class of 1994: you came to Congress touting fiscal responsibility. I suggest you practice what you've preached.
To President Bush: I voted you into office based on lowering taxes and restructuring the government to reduce social services. I voted with the knowledge that lowered taxes would require reduced social services in order to keep a balanced budget. Lowering my income taxes while expanding government social services isn't that great of an idea. Drop the prescription benefits for Medicare, get back onto the Social Security privatization, and continue to reduce social benefits. It was a great idea in theory, but putting it into practice will be more than I or many other Republicans are willing to pay.