JoshuaBolten, the president's budget chief, took to the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal a week ago to defend the Bush administration's record on the budget amid rising complaints.
Bolten begins by trotting out the same tiresome excuses we've been hearing for several years: The deficit was caused, first, by declining federal revenues resulting from a sluggish economy and, second, by the need to spend money to fight terrorism.
Bolten claims that in the last year of the Clinton administration, this category of spending grew by an "eye-popping" 15 percent.
Joshua Brewster Bolten (born 1955) is the Director of Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, having been confirmed by the Senate to that position in 2003.
A graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and served as president of The Ivy Club, and Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, Bolten has held a number of positions in finance and government.
Bolten was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the White House from 2001 to 2003.
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