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...but is it affordable?

   WASHINGTON -- The era of big government is back.

   For proof, look no further than the fiscal 2010 budget outline that President Barack Obama released yesterday, which is nothing short of his entire campaign agenda put into dollars -- trillions of them.

   Funding for cities would be increased dramatically. So would funding for the environment and clean energy sources such as wind and solar. Plus there would be a $634 billion "down payment" on health-care reform.

   Oh, and this $3.55 trillion budget includes a record $1.75 trillion deficit. That means, in essence, that the nation would be borrowing nearly half the money it spends.

   Can we afford it?

   -- Jerry Zremski.

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