A former aide to President George W. Bush is defending the former president's budget proposals as a war of words erupts over how to manage massive government financing.... ....Fratto said the Bush administration had good reason to separate the supplementals from the annual budget. "Putting temporary war spending in supplemental budgets was done to avoid permanently baking those appropriations into the Defense Department's baseline budget. That's good budgeting, not a 'gimmick,'" Fratto said. "Our budgets were honest, open and transparent. Every dime spent was presented, debated, voted on and counted," he added. More Here _________________________________________________ Unlike the Odrama budget which was rushed so as not to reveal its true contents.