The Return of Uncle Sugar


The Senate is charging hard to send federal cash back to the states to help them balance their red ink-stained budgets. This would, of course, violate every notion of fiscal discipline ever entertained by man.

The feds, unrestrained by a balanced-budget requirement, would tax dollars away from the public, take a cut, and route the money back to the states with essentially no strings attached. It's an emergency, you see. Attention governors: You're nuts to sweat balancing your budget when you can always get a sweet bailout.

The White House isn't saying no which, in an election year, simply means "One lump or two?"