If you're optimistic about meaningful spending cuts this fall, especially to offset relief spending on Hurricane Katrina, read this AP dispatch and think again. Fiscal year 2006 begins this weekend and only two of 11 spending bills are complete and signed. Passing these appropriations bills will be battle enough, but as the article lets on, Congressional leaders will likely tout a few cuts that are little more than budget gimmicks.
On the positive side, if you haven't checked out the blogosphere's heroic efforts in this area, be sure to visit Porkbusters at The Truth Laid Bear.
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