Over at National Review Online, American Enterprise Institute budget scholar Veronique de Rugy casts a cold eye on the Bush budget, writing:
The budget proposes to spend more than $2.5 trillion, and the White House never seems willing to stop Congress from adding even more money.
President Bush's previous budgets increased spending by a dramatic 33 percent in four years, defense spending increased by 44.7 percent while nondefense spending increased by 41.9 percent. The administration has been arguing that much of the increase in non-defense spending stemmed from higher homeland-security spending. However, the fact is that over half of all new spending in the past two years is from areas unrelated to defense and homeland security.
Whole thing here.