The only 'program' facing any real, meaningful cuts after the monstrous bailout packages set in motion is.... the United States Military.
The effective cost of the various bailout packages is that the expansion of the U.S. military that had been set in motion is now effectively dead. D-E-A-D.
That's the word in Washington that no one wants to talk about, proving once again that regardless of which party's administration sits atop the Executive, the military is the only federally mandated 'program' ever under consideration for real and meaningful cuts.
There is, of course, more slashing to come -- deep and wide -- while the rest of the federal government will either grow or create programs out of whole cloth if John McCain loses to Barack Obama.
Priorities . . . Which are yours?
Funny thing, that. The only expense explicitly mandated to the federal government by the Constitution that the states cannot be appropriated is the national defense. Yet, the United States Military is the one solitary area Barack Obama has explicitly named as target for cuts, in interviews or debates. Over $1.3 Trillion in expansion of government proposed by the man. Yet the military is to be eyed with hatchets, not razor blades, for "wasteful, unnecessary spending."
Like Missile Defense. After all, there's no need for it after he negotiates peace in our time, right?