While President Obama's budget would expand the scope of government the House GOP alternative aims to return government spending to historical levels.
The President's plan for the increasingly troubled region is ambitious, although his goals are more limited than Bush's.
Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into the US, forcing Obama's administration to refocus attention on the border.
At least 35 people were killed in 24 hours in the worst spate of bloodshed yet this year.
With Cheney's urging, he insisted that he had that right under the US Constitution, especially during wartime.
Keynesian economics is being hailed as key to ending the collapse.
Spending big on the economy is less risky than doing too little, he asserted Thursday.