A letter from a reader about TV news and Bush's budget
In the article on Charles Gibson '65 (feature story, April 4), Gibson states the importance of his "calling" the president on his cut in the fiscal 2006 NIH budget. So I looked to see how much the president cut the NIH budget. I expected to find that the budget had been cut significantly. I found that it was cut $66,000, or .2 percent. There are individual households that, after overspending, have had reduce their budgets by more than $66,000. Why is it that the president cannot cut a multimillion-dollar budget by more than $66,000 while the government is running a multibillion-dollar deficit? If anything, he should be chastised for not cutting this budget by much more. Calling the president on this decision is not a "liberal" idea. It is simply a stupid idea.
WILLIAM G. ROBERTSON '61
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