Why should this last Bush budget be any different that those of preceding years? By the time the Bush years are over, his budgets will have blown about $3.5 trillion in money that we did not have. Money that we have had to borrow from overseas and from future generations. From the first Bush deficit budget to the last, I have argued that we are weakened when we borrow and spend such vast sums. Right now, for example, we owe Japan close to $600 billion, China $380 billion, and OPEC $130 billion. How would you like to pay the interest on that? Well, you are. If the Iraq War was a good idea, then we should not have been afraid to actually pay for it with reduced spending elsewhere and a war tax. Instead, Bush just billed the gigantic expense to future generations. How politically weak and economically mindless was that? These past seven years we have been swimming down to Wal-Mart to buy Chinese goods and floating in an ocean of money that we have not even earned yet. Maybe instead of attacking Iraq, we should have just purchased it. And this year, we are seeing the results of Bush economic and energy policy. We have done zero during the Bush years to gain energy independence, and that was deriliction of duty. Bush did zip to develop oil shale or coal gasification. As far as I am aware, not one new nuclear power plant has been started during the past seven years. Because of the Bush derilection of energy policy duty, we now get to suck up the entire shock of $100 per barrel oil, while simultaneously pumping up our enemies, such as Chavez, the Mullahs, and yes, Putin.