Did Mussolini make the budgets run on time?

By Megan McArdle

I'm watching Bush address the nation on the state of Iraq. He just cited the passage of a budget as one of the major signs of improvement in Iraq. To be sure, I understand that nearly all politicians believe that government expenditures are the acme of human achievement. Nonetheless, this seems like a rather low bar.

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