Oh, remember the days when staunch Republicans would stare down their noses at budget proposals like these and click their tongues and say how those tax-and-spend liberals needed to be reeled into the world of reality?
Those were the days.
Now we have Rumsfeld telling us that he needs more money to prevent a nuclear attack, while public health programs are being cut to ribbons. Never mind the fact that we are all far more likely to need the services of oh, say, the American Diabetes or American Cancer Associations than we'll ever need to truly fear an attack from Rumsfeld's boogeymen.
The saddest part of it all is that a certain contingent of American voters are likely to support this kind of rhetoric. They'll continue to supersize, continue to drive six blocks rather than walk it, continue to smoke Marlboro Reds, continue to drink buckets of carbonated corn syrup, and continue to fear a nuclear attack more than the consequences of their own personal negligence.