George Bush, Tree Hugger

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Fun fact about the President’s $3.1-trillion budget proposal: It may kill more American soldiers, but it saves money—and trees! How, you ask? From the LA Times:

In a cost-saving gesture, the government for the first time did not provide free copies of the four-volume proposal to Congress, instead releasing it online and charging $200 per printed copy ordered through the Government Printing Office.

Glad somebody’s finally taking a stand against government waste.

—Casey Miner

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