Even without ANWR, it will be difficult to pass. You've got spending cuts that a lot of people can't stomach.

They were fine when they were projecting through 2010, but once you get beyond that, which is where they are now, the out years are terrible.

This budget is not going to happen. Of all the budgets I've seen recently, this is the one going nowhere the fastest.

The economy will block spending cuts in low-income heating assistance and Medicaid and programs like those. But it will also make it harder to innovate.

You have a president with low approval ratings, and a Congress that's more worried about their re-election than his legacy.

Katrina could easily become a milestone in the history of the federal budget. Policies that never would have been considered before could now become standard.