Friday, June 17, 2005

Already a lame duck

As I commented yesterday, President Bush is starting to be viewed as a lame duck president with three and a half years remaining in his term. As more evidence of this, yesterday the House Appropriations foreign aid subcommittee voted to cut funding for Bush's pet foreign aid program, the Millenium Challenge Account, by over 40%. While cutting back on the program, which provides aid to poor countries that make economic and democratic reforms, the bill increased funds to fight the AIDS pandemic.

This is clearly a slap in the president's face, and coming just one day after Paul Applegarth, chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation charged with administering the program, told Bush he would resign.

It is increasingly obvious that President Bush must win a fight soon, to avoid complete marginalization.

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