OK, I pick on Dubya and his buddies. A lot.
And I'm not going to stop, in large part because I have major reservations about many of this Administration's tax policies.
But, as a journalist, I feel duty bound to report the latest deficit reduction news.
The U.S. budget deficit will narrow to $205 billion this year, the lowest since 2002, according to the White House. The reason, Administration officials say, is rising tax revenue.
This year, individual income taxes through May came to almost
These figures appear to be an answer, at least from the White House's point of view, to recently raised questions about the ability of tax cuts to drive the U.S. economy a bit further down the road.
But the increased tax collections also are likely to prompt more discussions on how to use the funds in the short-term and whether such collections can be sustained over the longer haul.
That longer haul issue is especially important, as Baby Boomers age every day, prompting projections that spending on Social Security and Medicare will balloon in coming years.