Any logical connection between these two issues is purely coincidental:
"Our economy is strong and growing," Mr. [George W.] Bush said. "Federal revenues are robust, and we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit."
Mr. Bush's spending proposal, for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, is the first he has submitted to a Democratic Congress and the last he will submit before the 2008 elections. It reflects the priorities of his presidency: the war in Iraq and homeland security. It also lays out a menu of politically perilous cuts affecting the poor, the elderly and the disabled.
Because, as we all know, nothing says "strong and growing economy" like screwing over the poor, sick and elderly one more time.
It's a conservative thing, you know.