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Less Is More in Bush Administration's Budget

The Nation | IN BRIEF / AND FINALLY . . .

February 04, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Bush administration has discovered a way to eliminate the deficit in its upcoming budget: Get rid of the minus signs.

In an embarrassing blunder, White House budget officials discovered that a number of the tables in the budget that will be released today failed to include minus signs to indicate the budget deficits.

Trent Duffy, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, said the tables were fine when they went to the printer but somehow the minus signs disappeared because of a "software conversion glitch." He said the budget books will include an errata sheet correcting the mistakes.

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