Yesterday, Robert Novak reported:
Addressing a Republican fundraising dinner at the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday night, President Bush declared: “If the Democrats want to test us, that’s why they give the president the veto. I’m looking forward to vetoing excessive spending, and I’m looking forward to having the United States Congress support my veto.” That was more than blather for a political pep rally. Bush plans to veto the homeland security appropriations bill nearing final passage, followed by vetoes of eight more money bills sent him by the Democratic-controlled Congress.
If Bush goes ahead with these vetos, it would help bolster the arguments fiscal conservatives and libertarians were making last fall that electing a Democratic Congress would do more to contain the growth of the budget than reinstalling the Republican majority. The argument they were making was that Bush would be more likely to veto excessive spending coming from Democrats than he would if it were Republican excessive spending. That hypothesis is looking pretty good right now.