The conservative ideological agenda on the economy has it full stride: aggressively slash taxes on the wealthy; run up huge budget deficits; then push for massive cuts in critical domestic spending under the guise of fiscal responsibility. President Bush will introduce a budget today that is so callous Vice President Cheney felt compelled yesterday to assure viewers of Fox News that “it’s not something we’ve done with a meat ax.” Just as with its push for privatizing Social Security, the White House plans “an elaborate marketing strategy to sell the cuts to voters and lawmakers.” The message: we aren’t cutting government programs for the needy, we are “centralizing government services and saving tax payer money.” America doesn’t need to be sold another product. America needs a responsible budget that allocates resources where they are most needed.