but they are a good start. Operation Offset, for example, steers away from cutting Cold War weapon systems at the Department of Defense. Military spending is already half of all discretionary spending, so it is not time to take any of the nation's budgetary choices off the table. Literally, we need to count all the federal dollars hiding in every agency couch cushion or we will never come up with the money to offset the Katrina costs.
As we go forward and make investments, we have to make sure we're making wise investments and the decision on what gets funded and what amount gets decided on merits and not just political muscle, ... That's what's been happening in the Corps' budget. You can have one of the most important projects in the country, but if it happens in a freshman's district, it's probably not going to get funded.
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